Take a stand against sexual assault and gender violence at SARC’s
10th Annual Walk A Mile in Her Shoes®
SARC invites the community to come together to take a stand against sexual assault and gender violence at SARC’s 10th annual Walk A Mile in Her Shoes®: International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence, taking place on Saturday, April 28, 2018 in downtown Bel Air, Maryland. Organizations around the world are hosting Walk A Mile in Her Shoes® events in April to mark Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The nonprofit’s largest fundraiser, SARC raised more than $60,000 in donations last year to support the stand against sexual violence.
“This year we’re proudly celebrating our 10th annual Walk A Mile in Her Shoes® event,” says SARC Board Vice President and Treasurer for the Society of Italian American Businessmen, Eric Rebbert, owner of Express Employment Professionals in Bel Air. “While the event has grown in size and scope, we never lose sight of our purpose in educating our friends, family and neighbors in the local community about the importance of standing up against domestic violence and sexual assault, and providing support and resources for those victims who have been affected by this serious social issue.”
Amidst national movements such as #AskHerMore, “Time’s Up” and #MeToo, SARC provides the option to spread awareness locally and donate to Harford County’s only resource for victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse, and stalking. The need for support and a trusted resource is dire: One in two women and one in five men experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetime.
This year’s participants have the chance to earn a real superhero’s cape, which is the prize offered to the teams with the best name, best shoes and the highest fundraiser. Although wearing high heels is optional, it is a fun opportunity to literally walk a mile in someone else’s shoes. SARC has a multi-tiered goal with this event: to raise awareness, to provide action steps to combat the problem and to raise funds to provide resources to victims in Harford County.
SARC’s Walk A Mile in Her Shoes® event begins at 9:30 a.m. with onsite registration, shoe sizing, music, refreshments and fun for the whole family. Kickoff announcements and fundraising awards will begin at 10:45 a.m. The walk steps off at 11 a.m. sharp. The walking route leaves from the side of Black Eyed Suzie’s, heads down Main Street, turns onto Bond Street, proceeds to Churchville Road and then heads back to its conclusion alongside the Black Eyed Suzie’s restaurant. Black Eyed Suzie’s is opening early for breakfast at 9 a.m. with breakfast sandwiches and full-service dining beginning at 10 a.m., with a portion of proceeds benefiting SARC.
SARC’s financial goal is to raise $70,000 through registrations, sponsorships, restaurant fundraisers and peer-to-peer fundraising. To register to walk or to sponsor a walker, visit Walk A Mile in Her Shoes® on SARC’s website (www.sarc-maryland.org) or email [email protected].
Walk A Mile sponsors to-date include: Harford Mutual Insurance; Decisive Data Systems; America Chesapeake; Lynch Construction; Fallston Group; Harford’s Heart; Aaron’s Furniture; Jones Junction; Saiontz & Kirk, P.A.; Saxon’s Diamond Centers; APGFCU; Horne Concrete; Innovative Insurance Solutions; WSMT Insurance; McComas Funeral Home; Chesapeake Employer’s Insurance; Elegant Restoration; Harford Bank; Thompson Toyota; Harford County Government; Shop Rite; Jen Snyder Photography; Bill Fritz & Sons DJ; and Amrein Foods.
Since 1978, SARC has provided hope and resources to victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse, and stalking. Services include a 24 Hour-Helpline, counseling, legal representation, a confidential safe house, and community outreach and education.