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2017 Launch Press Release
Feb. 12, 2017
Walk for Warmth Heats Up
Menominee, Delta and Schoolcraft county residents having trouble paying their home-heating bills will get a big boost during the Community Action Agency Walk for Warmth on Feb. 25 in all three counties.
The fund-raising campaign helps fill the void for many residents who need help but fall just a bit short of qualifying for state heating programs.
Every dollar raised is used for direct assistance in the county it’s raised in, said Cathy Pearson, CAA executive assistant.
Last year’s walks raised $75,235.
All residents, including individuals, businesses, youth groups and service clubs, are once again being encouraged to participate.
In Escanaba, the walk will begin at 10 a.m. EDT at the Elks Lodge and proceed down Ludington Street to 14th Street and end with a return trip to the Elks. In Menominee, the walk will begin at 10 a.m. CDT at the Senior Center and proceed down 10th Avenue to Spies Public Library and end with a return trip to the Senior Center. The Schoolcraft event will launch at 9 a.m. EDT at the Manistique Senior Center, 101 Main St.
More information and pledge sheets are available at the CAA offices in each city or on the CAA Web site, www.mdscaa.org.
Residents who need more information should call Pearson at 786-7080, Lori in Menominee at 863-3042, or Sharla in Manistique at 341-2452.
The Escanaba event is cosponsored by the Island Resort and Casino, Radio Results Network and WJMN-Local TV3. The Menominee walk is cosponsored by Hot Flame Gas, the Island Resort & Casino and WFRV-TV 5. The Manistique walk is cosponsored by Kewadin Casinos, Radio Results Network, Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital and WJMN-Local TV3.
Two other events are scheduled to raise awareness for the walks and to raise funds. In Escanaba, the Big Brat Sale is set for 11 a.m. Feb. 16 until all brats are sold. It takes place in front of Ludington Post Suites, 524 Ludington St.
Brats for Breakfast is set for Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Menominee Senior Center.
“We’ve never doubted that we serve good, caring communities, and year after year this event helps prove it. Many people are unbearably cold in their homes, and these walks and brat sales make a difference,” Pearson said.
The effort has received widespread community support over the years. Local schools hosted a “Crazy Hat Day” or “Pajama Day” for students who could wear the apparel if they donated $1 or more.