“It was our biggest fundraiser that we've had here, so we're hoping for that much or more — so $15,000 would be a great goal for Palestine to hit (this year),” Greene said. “And that's between the walkers and the corporate sponsors that we have.”
Though the deadline to register has technically passed, Greene said the Crisis Center was still taking submissions — so those who haven’t signed up yet are encouraged to do so.
Cost to register for the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event is $10 for walkers. Registration forms are available at the Crisis Center of Anderson and Cherokee Counties’ office at 313 W. Debard St. in Palestine, or online at www.mycrisiscenter.com.
This year’s walk will start with a check-in and breakfast for the walkers at 9 a.m. at the Palestine Regional Medical Center. A Pump-Up Celebration will start at 9:45 a.m., and the walk will start at 10 a.m.
Greene said that local SANE nurse (sexual assault nurse examiner) Jessi Jones will speak during this year's Pump-up Celebration on the effects of domestic violence and “what we're doing to end domestic violence in the community.”
He said the walk tends to take approximately 45 minutes and is held on the loop to generate attention on multiple levels — as evidenced by some of the men's rather colorful clothing choices. Signs with messages such as “I'm walking to make my community safe for my daughter ” are also provided for participants to carry.
“The purpose is to bring awareness,” he said. “We have a best-dressed competition, so there are many outfits that are quite eye-catching. And it's a men's walk because it's a men's issue for ending violence against women.”
Some local “celebrities” who will trade flat footwear for classy stilettos this year include Criminal District Attorney Doug Lowe and Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor, among others — such as the bubble-eyed Sweet Frog, mascot of sweetFrog premium frozen yogurt shop in Palestine.