Thank you San Diego!
We were so thrilled to see the crowd of men, women and children who came out to support the YWCA's 6th annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® fundraising event last Thursday. It was a great evening of fun and laughter that raised critical funding for the YWCA's Becky's House®Domestic Violence Program. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the brave men who took the challenge to "walk a mile in her shoes" - Hopefully your bruised feet are healing quickly! We also would like to show our appreciation to all the amazing women who came out to support the men during the mile long trek through the Gaslamp. Finally a big thank you to all the children who joined us and their parents for this event. We couldn't do it without you!
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A big thank you to our amazing sponsors whose support meant so much to this event. We are also very grateful to all of our amazing product sponsors who helped with entertainment and treats during the registration hour, filled our goody bags with the needed goodies and also made our silent and live auctions the most exciting ones yet!
A big thank you to the San Diego Wine & Culinary Center for partnering with us to provide an amazing post event party with delicious food, cold drinks, and a great space to relax and celebrate the walk.
We would like to extend our deep appreciation to all of our special guests and dignitaries who took time out of their hectic schedules to show their support, including Chief of Police, William Lansdowne, County Supervisor Dave Roberts and his Health Policy Advisor, Lindsey Masukawa. A big thank you to District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, Sheriff William Gore, and Lt. Charles Lara for speaking during the pre-event program. It means so much to have your support.
Thank you of course also to Carlo Cecchetto of Channel 8 and Frankie V of Channel 933 for being wonderful emcees!
Last, but definitely not least, thank you to our amazing board of directors and the hard working Walk a Mile Event Planning Committee. Your hard work paid off!
A Brief History of Walk a Mile in Her Shoes...
The first Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, called Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®: The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault, and Gender Violence, was created by Frank Baird in 2001. The concept for this event at its inception was that men can work together to become a part of the solution to ending sexualized violence against women, while raising money for local rape crisis centers and domestic violence shelters. In 2008, the YWCA of San Diego County applied to the international program to get permission to bring the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event to San Diego. In October 2008, the YWCA held the first Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, and due to its success and impact on the community, it has now become an annual YWCA fundraising event for the Becky’s House® Domestic Violence Program.
The goal of the walk is to recruit hundreds, and ultimately thousands of men, women, and children to put on a pair of women’s high heeled shoes and walk for a mile in a light-hearted attempt to build awareness of the serious problem of domestic violence and its negative impact on the San Diego community. By bringing together community members, including families, students, local politicians, policemen, firemen, media, and business people, participants are encouraged to lead the way in stopping domestic violence and to consider the ways in which they can make a positive difference.
This event raises much-needed funding for the YWCA's Becky's House® Domestic Violence Program. It is going to take each and every member of our community to change the way we view domestic violence and stop it. All of the services provided by Becky's House® support the individual's journey from victim to survivor to achiever. The program includes a 30-60 day domestic violence emergency shelter, a 24-hour emergency hotline, and four transitional housing programs for survivors of domestic violence and their families. Becky's House® serves more than 500 women and children, and receives nearly 2,500 hotline calls each year!