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Highmark Walk Helps Benefit The Children's Institute

Posted: May 01, 2017 by The Children's Institute

In recent years, Carly Hicks has taken part in a Color Run Pittsburgh, and in an AIDS Fund Walk and Electric Run
in Philadelphia. The Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community, however, holds a special place for The Children’s Institute’s Manager, Special Projects.

“We like to keep our eyes and ears open for new opportunities, new activities, and the walks are good for that,” said Carly, who’s walked for The Children’s Institute two years in a row during the Highmark-sponsored event. “This one really gets you energized because you’re giving back, too.”

And, when it comes to organizations that participate in the Highmark Walk, they’re really giving back; all proceeds raised in the walk – slated this year for Saturday, May 13 in Pittsburgh – go directly to the organizations they represent.

“Highmark’s whole goal is that we want to organize a walk and pay for the underlying cost – these organizations then can keep 100 percent of all the funds they raise through their walkers,” said Brandon Berns, a senior community affairs analyst for the insurance company.

Iterations of the event also will take place across the region: on May 20 in Harrisburg and Johnstown, and on June 3 in Lehigh Valley, Erie and Wilmington, Del., Brandon said.

The event, now in its 15th year, is expecting 218 organizations to participate across the six events, nearly 80 right here in Pittsburgh. It’s grown substantially since its early days; during the first year, just eight organizations took part.

The walk starts at 9 a.m. May 13 at Stage AE on the North Shore, but expect to show up early, if you can.

“From 7.45 to 9 am, everyone’s encouraged to stop by Stage AE to check in with their organizations and learn about other organizations taking part, as well,” Brandon said. “We’ll have mascots there. We’ll have music playing. It’s a very family-friendly event.”

From Stage AE, the walk’s course snakes through the North Shore and Downtown, providing up-close views of the Ninth Street Bridge and the Allegheny River waterfront.

This year, Highmark hopes to help raise $1.425 million through the six events, $450,000 of that here Pittsburgh. To help play your part in the fundraising, visit our walk homepage to donate directly or sign up to walk! 

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