Annual high-heel walk raises money, awareness about sexual violence
A local nonprofit said it broke records for turnout and the amount raised during its annual fundraiser walk on Saturday, taking both the participants and the organization to new heights.
Over 100 men walked in heels through Dimond Center for the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser, which organizers say collected at least $10,000 to help Standing Together Against Rape (STAR).
"This money will be used for things where we don't have other sources of funding," said STAR development director Jennifer Brown. "We provide everything from that first phone call, through medical exams, counseling appointments and long-term support."
The walk gives participants an opportunity to see things from another perspective. According to the event's Facebook page, it's also a way to begin the difficult conversations surrounding gender relations and sexual violence.
According to the national Walk a Mile in Her Shoes website, the first march took place in 2001 organized by founder Frank Baird.
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