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 through Jacksonville for the second year on April 20 at 10 a.m.
The event benefits the Crisis Center of Anderson & Cherokee Counties and the Anderson County walk is sponsored by Trimble & Company, ETMC-Jacksonville, Austin Bank, Jeremy Harmel State Farm Insurance, Damsel in Distress and Heart to Heart Hospice.
Last year, the combined walks in And-erson 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 of 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 wa-vers. If not for the funds from ‘The Walk,’ we would have been hard-pressed to provide all of the victim services our community needs,” 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 dollars.
“The challenge has been made again this year to see which county holds the trophy for 2013,” 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’s an eye-catcher,” Pharr said.
Men wishing to register for The Walk should contact the Crisis Center at 903-586-9118 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 and end at Sadler’s Restaurant in Jackson-ville.
The public is invited to walk as well, but comfortable shoes are allowed for women and children. Other partnering businesses are Family First, Vance Ryan Insurance, Snaps Photography, Keep It Rockin’, Bobby’s Tire and Walmart.