THE OAKLAND PRESS: Annual Walk for Warmth raises funds for those in need

By Mark Cavitt

POSTED: 12/15/16

The Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency has announced the date for their 27th Annual Walk for Warmth fundraiser.

Linda Zabik, chairsperson of the Walk for Warmth, said the funds collected from the walk will keep families warm and safe this winter

“In Oakland County, more than 50 percent of those helped were children and elderly individuals,” said Linda Zabik, manager of corporate responsibility at Genisys Credit Union and chairperson of the Oakland Walk.

“Walk for Warmth...ensures that our most vulnerable populations are kept healthy amidst the challenges frigid Michigan winters bring.”

The 2016 Walk for Warmth in Oakland County raised $90,366. Every dollar goes back into the county in which it is raised, ensuring each event has a meaningful, direct impact locally.

As of Wednesday afternoon, nearly $12,500 had been raised in general donations towards the walk in Oakland County.

WHO BENEFITS?

The Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency’s Emergency Utility Assistance program is funded by contributions from Walk for Warmth. Residents, when faced with a utility shut-off notice, access the fund. Funds are used throughout the year, but many people associate utility emergencies with the cold winter months.

WHAT IS IT?

• The Oakland County Walk for Warmth is the organization’s annual walk-a-thon fundraising event that collects funds to help keep the heat on for many residents in Oakland County. Throughout the event, participants will travel the 0.8-mile loop around the mall while enjoying family-friendly entertainment such as live music from the Genisys Band, games for kids and health-related activities. Participants will receive coupons for on-site stores, refreshments and a commemorative T-shirt.

WHEN IS IT?

• The walk will take place on Saturday, Feb. 4 at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Auburn Hills, 4000 Baldwin Road.

REGISTRATION

• Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the kickoff ceremony will start at 9 a.m.

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

• You can sign-up to walk or donate to the cause online.

SPONSORSHIPS

• Sponsorship levels begin at $500 and go up to $5,000 and higher. To become a sponsor, visit OLHSA.org/Sponsor or contact Ashley Yocum at 248-209-2623 or via email at ashleyy@olhsa.org

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