August 11, 2006

Walk for Families to benefit people
struggling to build a life

By John Shaughnessy

Catholic Charities Indianapolis is seeking volunteers and participants for its first Walk for Families on Aug. 26—an event designed to celebrate and support the dignity of all people.

The 2.6 mile walk is a fundraiser that will help Catholic Charities Indianapolis assist individuals and families who are struggling to build a life for themselves, according to David Bethuram, the agency’s director.

“With the Walk for Families, we will be able to honor all those families who work so hard to help themselves and demonstrate the power of our 10 programs and the positive impact they have in the community,” Bethuram said.

In 2005, more than 17,000 people benefited from the agency’s programs which provide counseling, elder care, crisis relief and shelter. Most of the people served are women and children living below the poverty level. About 70 percent of the people served are not Catholic.

The walk begins and ends at Celebration Plaza in White River State Park in Indianapolis, according to a press release from the agency. Food, drink, awards and entertainment will be part of the event, which will also include information about Catholic Charities and its programs.

The public is invited to take part. Potential volunteers and participants can register or get more information about the walk by calling 317-592-4072 or by checking the Web site

Registration for the walk is $20 for an individual or $18 a person for teams of 10 or more. †


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