Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

April 22, 2013

Walkin’ tall for a good cause

Progress staff reports
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — Today's “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” fundraiser is drawing a lot of enthusiasm from participants, including Jacksonville resident Sam Hopkins, who plans to dress as “the Laddie in Red” as he and other men slip into heels to raise awareness of the need to end violence against women. The walk is part of a global effort; the Jacksonville march, as well as one held April 27 in Palestine, raises funds for the Crisis Center of Anderson & Cherokee Counties.

The one-mile walk begins at 10 a.m. from Saddler's Restaurant on the corner of Wilson and Bonner and winds through downtown.

Several contests also are planned, including a 100-yard “stiletto dash for cash” that offers a $100 prize to the fastest runner in heels.

More than 20 men have signed up for the event, according to Crisis Center director Donald Hammock.

Last year's walks in Cherokee and Anderson counties raised more than $25,000 for the Crisis Center.  

Hopkins, who is participating for the first time, said a friend suggested he take part, “and I said 'sure,' because the Crisis Center is an excellent cause.”

Laughing, he added, “and I thought this would be kind of fun.”