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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes a success

Posted: October 28, 2012 - 12:06am
High school athletes turned out in droves for Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, to show their support of the Alaska Men Choose Respect campaign.
High school athletes turned out in droves for Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, to show their support of the Alaska Men Choose Respect campaign.

The 3rd Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes walk and run was another beautiful success!

AWARE, Inc. and the Juneau Violence Prevention Coalition would like to thank the many community members who took part in the 1-mile walk and 5k run to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault in Juneau.

We would like to thank our community partner for this event, Southeast Alaska Board of Realtors, who continually demonstrates their commitment to build stronger communities. Thank you to our planning committee: Mimi Rothchild, Errol Champion and Jim Preston for their tireless work to plan this event, and to our generous Southeast Road Runners race organizer, Paul DeSloover, who donated his time to ensure an enjoyable event for everyone.

We would like to thank our many volunteers, without whom this event would not have been the success it was: Ela Wehrmann, Sarah Schaefer, Catherine E. Sayre, Debbie White, Mike Race, Mandi Johnson, Steve Rothchild, Erika Rothchild, Lindsey Doctorman, Bill Doctorman, Bethany A. Woods, John Bennett, Julie Moe, Ati Nasiah, Kim Lucas, Emily Wolf, and the enthusiastic and helpful youth and staff from Juneau Youth Services.

Thank you, also, to many local businesses for their generous contributions: Costco, Heritage Coffee Company, The Rookery, Pavitt’s Health and Fitness, Nugget Alaskan Outfitter and The Alaska Club.

We are grateful to the many high school athletes and coaches who came to show their support for this cause: Juneau-Douglas High School Boys Basketball Team with coaches Robert Casperson and Greg Huebschen , Thunder Mountain High School Boys Basketball Team with coaches Robert Ridgeway and John Blasco, JDHS Cross Country Team with coaches Merry Ellefsen and Tristan Knutson-Lombardo and the TMHS Cross Country Team with coach Scott May.  

More than 100 people walked or ran to show solidarity with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Lastly, I’d like to thank Mark Calvert, AWARE’s Community Engagement Advocate for championing this event for October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and working with many community partners who choose to be part of the solution!  We are grateful to be a part of such a caring community. Thank you, Juneau! 

Saralyn Tabachnick, Executive Director

AWARE, Inc.

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