2012-12-06 / Front Page

Walk for Warmth to return

Fundraiser plans to come back to Schoolcraft County

MANISTIQUE – The “Walk for Warmth” benefit will be returning to Schoolcraft County. In response to the growing need to help residents in the county pay home heating bills, the Menominee, Delta, Schoolcraft Community Action Agency Board of Directors recently made the decision to bring the event back after a six-year absence.

According to Cathy Pearson, CAA executive assistant, the Schoolcraft County walk will be held in conjunction with walks in Menominee and Delta counties. All proceeds from the walks are used to provide heating assistance in the counties in which they were raised.

The Schoolcraft County walk is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Feb. 23, beginning at the Manistique Senior Center, 101 Main St.

A breakfast is also scheduled for both walkers and non-walkers at the center from 7:30 – 9 a.m. Freewill donations will be accepted.

“With state funding cuts, the need remains high in the Central U.P.,” said

Pearson. “These walks provide funds to help our friends and neighbors stay warm in these difficult times.”

Pearson added that residents of Schoolcraft County, including members of the CAA Board who live there, said it was time to bring the walk back to the area.

“We’ve always decided on holding the walks based on input from the areas we cover,” she explained. “Our staff, Schoolcraft County leaders and residents are ready to pull together and raise funds to help people keep warm this winter.”

Individuals and businesses may make a tax-deductible donation to Walk for Warmth before the end of 2012.

Pearson said organizers of the walks appreciate the strong support received in the past and look forward to continued support. She also emphasized every dollar raised in Schoolcraft County will be used directly for heat assistance provided to residents there.

Donations may be sent to: Schoolcraft County Walk for Warmth, 507 1st Ave. N., Escanaba, MI 49829.

For more information, call Pearson at 786-7080, CAA Client Services Worker Don Tyrrell at 341-2452 or visit www.mdscaa.org.

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