Alexandra House will host its 13th Annual Walk for Hope Saturday, Sept. 30, at Bunker Hills Regional Park, 550 Bunker Lake Boulevard NW, Anoka. The Walk for Hope is a family and pet-friendly event that includes a 5K fun run, a 2-mile walk, children’s activities, and community and health resources from across Anoka County. In 2015, over 550 community members took part and raised over $55,000 for Alexandra House’s programs and services.
Guest speaker and past Alexandra House client, Daynesha Younger, will be sharing her story at the upcoming event. Younger was crowned Miss Minnesota in February 2017 and has used this platform for spreading the word about domestic violence and educating the public about the importance of community engagement in creating a future free from violence.
New vendors this year include: Chuck & Don’s Pet Food and Supplies, providing a water station for dogs and Nothing Bundt Cakes, providing “bundtlets” for sale with a percentage of each sale benefiting Alexandra House.
Domestic and sexual violence are local, national, and international problems. Nationally, 1 in 3 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime; 1 in 4 will experience sexual violence. Last year in Minnesota at least 21 people lost their lives as a result of domestic violence.
And these statistics do not tell the thousands of muted stories of survivors and families who live with violence every day and are unable to reach out for help. The Walk for Hope is an excellent way for people of all ages to learn about how we can come together as a community to keep all families safe and work towards a violence-free future.
The mission of Alexandra House is to empower victims of domestic and sexual violence, and inspire social change, through education, support, and advocacy. Alexandra House provides 24-hour emergency shelter, support services, legal and hospital advocacy to victims of domestic and sexual violence. It is the only such service provider in Anoka County.
Same day registration begins at 8 a.m. and the event kicks off at 9 a.m. The children’s area and resource fair will run from 8-11 a.m. and the 5k Fun Run/2 Mile walk begins at 9:30 a.m.
Cost is $30 for adults and $10 for children ages 11-18 (prices increase after Sept. 1). Kids 10 and younger attend free.
To register in advance, visit www.alexandrahouse.org.
Event sponsorship opportunities can be found online at www.alexandra.house.org or by contacting Tina Bronson at 763-656-1363.
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