The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

March 30, 2013

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes steps out for third year

Staff Reports
Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — It’s the season to look out for men in heels!

The “Walk-A-Mile-In-Her-Shoes” men’s walk against violence targeting women will make the way around Loop 256 on Palestine for the third year on Saturday, April 27.

The event, starting at 10 a.m., benefits the Crisis Center of Anderson & Cherokee Counties. The Anderson County walk is sponsored by Palestine Regional Medical Center and Aaahhsome Salon & Day Spa.

Last year, the combined walks in Anderson County and Cherokee County brought in over $25,000 to help provide direct services to victims of family violence and sexual assault, according to Roger Pharr, director of development for the Crisis Center.

“It was so great to see so many men walking on behalf of the women in our community,” Pharr said. “We found out that it really does take a man to endure a mile in heels! Each of the walkers that brought in sponsorship money from their friends and family made a huge difference in the lives of so many survivors because of the programs that they funded.”

The Crisis Center is funded primarily through state and federal grants and private donations.

“Each year, we wait to see what cuts are coming our way as the national economy falters. If not for the funds from ‘The Walk,’ we would have been hard-pressed to provide the victim services the community requires,” Pharr said.

In 2012, Anderson & Cherokee Counties competed to see which could bring in the most money for the fundraiser. Cherokee edged out Anderson by just over $1,000.

“This is Anderson County’s year to take back the trophy,” challenged Pharr. There is an actual trophy presented to the winning county: a four-post trophy with a bedazzled red pump on top. “It's so over-the- top! It is certainly an eye-catcher,” Pharr said.

Men wishing to register for the walk should contact the Crisis Center at 903-723-5858 for information. The cost to register is $30, which covers the cost of the man-sized heels and breakfast before the event.

The walk will begin at Palestine Regional Medical Center and end at the Palestine Mall parking lot.

For information or to register to walk, call 903-723-5858 or click the link at www.mycrisiscenter.com and print out the registration paper.

The public is invited to walk as well, and comfortable shoes are allowed for women and children.