‘Walk A Mile’ event raises funds, awareness
SPRUCE PINE – It will be the longest mile many of the men will ever walk Saturday, Oct. 6, during the Mitchell County SafePlace Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser in downtown Spruce Pine.
Men will don red high heels to raise money for Mitchell County SafePlace and awareness about domestic violence while vying for the Clint Pollard Red Pump Passion Award, which is given to the event’s top individual fundraiser.
Formerly an annual event, SafePlace Executive Director Connie Sedberry said having the event every other year maintains its intrigue and associate director Tracy Black noted skipping a year aids in the fundraising efforts.
“This little community can only go so far in terms of providing funding and support,” Black said. “This is a big event and having it every other year keeps it fresh. There are only so many people and businesses that have enough money to be sponsors and give big donations and if we keep going to them over and over, then not so much, because everybody goes to them.”
The goal of the event, however, is not fundraising.
“Our focus isn’t necessarily on the money,” Sedberry said. “The money is great, and we need funding to support this agency and fund direct client services, but our main goal is awareness and educating the public about what we do in a fun, lighthearted way. There’s nothing funnier than a man walking in red, high-heeled shoes.”
Black said unrestricted funds, such as those raised through events like Walk a Mile, are what fuels SafePlace’s intent.
“If it wasn’t for (unrestricted funds) we couldn’t pay for rent deposits and help people get their electric turned on when they move out of the shelter, and so on,” she said. “If we didn’t have that money coming in through our stores and our fundraisers, we wouldn’t be able to do that for people.”
Registration for Walk A Mile begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Central Park in Spruce Pine. The event starts at 10 a.m. Call Beth Davis at 828-765-4015 to donate, with questions or for more information.