Tuesday, April 24, 2012

DeKalb Community Service Board 'Walk of HEROes' Press Release

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6th Annual Walk of HEROes Moves to Kirkwood Center
Contact: Michelle Potter
Email: mpotter@dekcsb.org
Phone: 404-508-7875
Benjamin Yoder
Phebe Dowels
David Kim
For Immediate Release

     The sixth annual fund-raising Walk of HEROes 5k event, taking place on Sept. 22, will be moved to Kirkwood Center this year. The new location, which is about five miles southwest of the previous location in Decatur, is in a more residential district. The walk itself will take participants across to the other side of Decatur, near Richardson Health Center.

     Both kids and adults can join in the walk, with the normal walk starting at 9 a.m. and the Tot Trot for kids starting at 10 a.m.  Adult participants can register on site from 7:45 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. on the day of the event for $25, or they can register online at www.walkofheroes5k.com by Sept. 20 for only $20. The Tot Trot registration costs a flat fee of $7. Those who come to walk for the cause can get a T-shirt and can possibly win awards. The T-shirt is guaranteed for online registrants who apply by Sept. 7, while those who register after the deadline will receive them while supplies last.

     “It is a chance for people to get together and care about substance abuse and mental health in DeKalb County and do something good in the community,” said Michelle Potter DeKalb Community Service's Community Relations Manager. “People get out as teams whether it's a company, church group, or organization to do good in the community.”

     The Walk of HEROes, which began in 2007, is a 5k walk fundraiser for the non-profit Brighter Tomorrows Foundation who supports the organizers of the event, the DeKalb Community Service Board. The walk is the board's biggest fundraiser of the year, which will help fund mental health, substance abuse, and developmental disabilities services for DeKalb county residents.

     “It is exciting to see 'our special population' walking (wheelchairs individually and or being pushed by family and friends), participating and interacting with the public,” commented Patty Clarke, a participant in the walk whose family is a member of the developmental disability program. “We look forward to this event every year.”

     For more information about Walk of HEROes, visit www.walkofheroes5k.com. You can also visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/walkofheroes5k.


The DeKalb Community Service Board (CSB) is a nonprofit public safety net provider of community-based behavioral healthcare, offering a full range of mental health services, substance abuse treatment and developmental disabilities programs.

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