Cherokees pitch in for Help-In-Crisis fundraiser
On April 21, about 200 people participate in the “Walk A Mile In Her Shoes” fundraiser in support of Help-In-Crisis in Tahlequah. Help-In-Crisis helps families, women and individuals escape domestic violence and sexual assault. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH – A contingency of Cherokee men joined other civic-minded individuals, including a few women on April 21, to make the mile walk from Norris Park to the Cherokee Nation Capital Square and back in mostly red high heels and stilettos for the Help-In-Crisis “Walk A Mile In Her Shoes” fundraiser.
CN citizen and event coordinator Kendra Sweet Malley said approximately 200 walkers participated in this year’s event, which brings awareness to sexual violence while raising money for its prevention.
“Walk a Mile In Her Shoes” is an international event, but for Help-In-Crisis “it’s an excellent way for us to raise money for those we assist in breaking the cycle of violence in their lives,” Sweet Malley said.
She said the nonprofit organization, which serves Help-In Crisis serves Cherokee, Wagoner, Adair and Sequoyah counties, raised about $33,000 from sponsorships and donors before the walk and $10,000 on the day of the event. Besides the walk, the organization also sold T-shirts and held a silent auction. “We are still accepting donations until the end of the month, so these numbers could change,” she said.
Century 21 Wright Real Estate in Tahlequah produced the largest group of walkers this year with 18 high-heeled finishers.
“Our whole office gets together every year,” CN citizen and co-owner Steven Wright, said. “All the guys strap on high heels and just try to help out a good cause and a great organization.”
CN citizen Leah Moore, who has worked at Help-In-Crisis for six years as the forensic interviewer, said sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse affects all races.
“Not just white, not just African American or Cherokee or Hispanic, it affects everyone,” she said.
Help-In-Crisis helps families, women and individuals who are fleeing from domestic violence and sexual assault. The organization offers resources, safety, shelter and advocacy to help individuals navigate the system and find a safe environment. For more information, call 918-456-0673 or the Help-In-Crisis hotline at 1-800-300-5321