THE DAILY TRIBUNE: Registration open for 26th annual Walk for Warmth events

By Stephen Frye

POSTED: 01/08/16, 5:05 PM EST 

OLHSA, A Community Action Agency, announced their 26th annual Walk for Warmth events in Oakland and Livingston counties, which are open for registration.

This is a fundraiser for OLHSA, the Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency, and the Walk for Warmth is presented by Genisys Credit Union.

Each year, more than 1,000 area residents gather at community walk-a-thons to raise money for OLHSA’s Emergency Utility Assistance Program, which helps keep the heat on in the homes of local residents.

Every dollar goes directly to keeping people warm.

Funds are distributed in the counties from which they are raised, ensuring that each event has a significant and direct impact on its local community. Since 1990, OLHSA’s Walk for Warmth has raised more than $1.4 million, Adela Piper, spokeswoman for OLHSA, said in a release. 

The Oakland County Walk for Warmth will take place on Saturday, Feb. 6 at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Auburn Hills.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. with a kick-off scheduled for 9 a.m. Walkers will travel the .8 mile loop around the mall while enjoying family-friendly entertainment such as live music, activities for kids and health-related activities. Participants will receive coupons for on-site stores, refreshments and a commemorative t-shirt.

Last year, OLHSA’s Walk for Warmth events raised a total of $167,481 with $73,961 coming from Oakland County and $93,520 from Livingston County.

“Children and the elderly made up 49 percent of those helped through funds raised by the Oakland County Walk for Warmth,” reported Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard, chair of the Oakland walk. “Donating to Walk for Warmth not only keeps people warmer, it ensures the greater health and safety of our neighbors.”

The Livingston County Walk for Warmth will occur on Saturday, February 20 at Hartland Education Center in Howell. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and kick-off will occur at 9 a.m. The .25 mile indoor loop will feature areas for dancing to the tunes of DJ Kurt Lewis, Jazzercise, children’s games, refreshments and interaction with local businesses. Door prizes will be drawn and walkers will receive a t-shirt. The Walk will again be emceed by WHMI-FM’s Buzz Elliott.

 

“Walk for Warmth is truly a family focused event, and one that my own family looks forward to participating in,” said Brent Earl, owner of Earl Farm in Howell and chair of the Livingston walk, in statement. “Not only are we teaching our kids the importance of giving back, but we’re also helping out hundreds of families in the area along the way.”

Last year, OLHSA’s Walk for Warmth events raised a total of $167,481 with $73,961 coming from Oakland County and $93,520 from Livingston County.

“Children and the elderly made up 49 percent of those helped through funds raised by the Oakland County Walk for Warmth,” reported Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard, chair of the Oakland walk. “Donating to Walk for Warmth not only keeps people warmer, it ensures the greater health and safety of our neighbors.”

Online registration for the events is now open. Individuals and teams can sign up to solicit support and track their fundraising progress. To register, visit www.olhsa.org/walk4warmth.

Sponsorship levels begin at $500 and go up to $5,000 and higher.

To become a sponsor visit OLHSA.org.

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