The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

January 30, 2014

Crisis Center of Anderson and Cherokee Counties planning for next 'Walk A Mile in Her Shoes' event

Staff Reports
Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE —

Break out the shoe polish and the Bedazzler, men.

The 4th Annual “Walk-A-Mile-in-Her-Shoes” is taking shape.

An awareness and funding event for the Crisis Center of Anderson & Cherokee Counties, “Walk A Mile” is a one-mile mens’ walk that benefits the Crisis Center programs. The catch is that all the men are walking in heels.

This year's event will be held Saturday, April 26 on Loop 256 in Palestine.

The “Walk-A-Mile” event has been the most fun event Crisis Center Director of Development Roger Pharr has worked on through the years.

“I’m in my 14th year at the Crisis Center. We’ve had golf tournaments, golf marathons, 5K runs, duck races, bake sales and concerts. 'Walk A Mile' is the one that has caught on with the community the most and has raised the most funds for our services to survivors in our community,” Pharr said. “The guys enjoy the encouragement from passing cars and the walking tips shouted as they pass by!”

The Crisis Center assists survivors of family violence, sexual assault and child abuse through services such as licensed professional counseling, safe housing, protective order assistance and personal advocacy.

Last year’s walk brought over $28,000 to the Crisis Center at a time when it was desperately needed, Pharr said.

“The economy was not in good shape and grantors were looking at cutting back but our community really stepped up to support us by supporting our walkers,” Pharr said.

Each male walker is tasked with getting friends, coworkers and family to sponsor them in any amount for the walk. That’s where the funds are raised.

This year the Crisis Center is encouraging businesses and civic groups to form Walk Teams of men to walk together and raise funds together. A trophy will be awarded to the Walk Team raising the most funds.

An award also will be given to the individual raising the most funds. Additional awards will be given for Best Blinged Shoes, Best Over-All Outfit and winner of the Stiletto-Dash-for-Cash, a 100-yard dash, in heels, immediately after the walk.

The registration fee is $10 and walkers provide their own heels.

“Most shoe stores carry up to a size 12 women’s shoe, which is a men’s 10 ½,” Pharr said. “We can help walkers who need larger shoes find them through different websites we have used in previous years.”

To register, contact the Crisis Center’s Palestine office at 903-723-5858. Forms can be e-mailed, mailed and are available to download on the Crisis Center’s Facebook page at www.mycrisiscenter.com.