Thursday, November 13, 2008

2nd Annual Help the Homeless WalkAThon--BE THERE!!!

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2nd Annual Help the Homeless WalkAThon in Downtown Dallas

November 22nd

Event Includes Concert by Nuttin’ But Stringz

DALLAS, TX (OCTOBER 10, 2008) – Fannie Mae, Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance (MDHA) and the City of Dallas are pleased to host the 2nd Annual Help the Homeless WalkAThon, which will take place on Saturday, November 22, 2008.

Located at City Hall Plaza in Downtown Dallas, the WalkAThon begins at 10:00 a.m. and concludes with a concert by Nuttin’ But Stringz, finalists in the third season of NBC’s America’s Got Talent. The young brothers, who are violinists, will electrify audiences with their unique blend of classical music, hip-hop, jazz and R&B.

Proceeds from this year's WalkAThon will be used to support the creation of more permanent supportive housing units, a proven solution to ending chronic homelessness. The City of Dallas plan calls for the development of 1,200 additional units of permanent supportive housing (PSH) during the next five years.

A prime example is Central Dallas Ministries and Central Dalals Community Development Corporation's City Walk @Akard project, which will offer housing, retail and office space beginning in Spring 2009.

Assisting the homeless into permanent housing is one of the most effective means to ensure that formerly homeless persons become more active and meaningful members of this vibrant city. Unlike shelters that operate on an emergency basis, supportive housing provides long-term solutions centered on individuals. PSH allows homeless individuals to make lasting changes in their lives by providing the ultimate symbol of dignity; the safety, security and pride of having a place to call home.

Whether you walk as an individual, a corporate team, or a group, you can make a significant difference. Last year, more than 1,200 participants put their soles into helping the chronic homeless in Dallas, raising more than $200,000.

To learn more, please visit or call Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance 214/670-1144.

For event sponsorship information or corporate participation, contact Judy Noble of MDHA at 214/670-1138.

Participants may pre-register for $25 through November 21 by Noon at

On-site registration, from 8:30AM to 10:00AM, is $30.

Registration for children 18-years-old and younger is $15.

The registration fee also entitles walkers to a commemorative WalkAThon T-shirt, which includes colorful artwork designed by a 10-year-old camper from Rainbow Days, a non-profit member of Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance that hosted a summer camp for homeless children.



jocelyn said...

Thanks for the info about this! We'll definitely be there--hopefully with a team from our church!

Larry James said...

Great! And, thanks, Jocelyn! Please do me one more favor. Foward this post to as many folks as you can to help us spread the word.

Anonymous said...

I trust the walkathon went well. Homelessness is a great cause to support with a walkathon because it also increases awareness in the community and helps identify potential advocates, donors and volunteers.