This was the first time the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community happened in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area! The event raised $9,000, and had 250 participants! MFHS had the most walkers at the Scranton walk with 102! After all Highmark walks were concluded, the total amount raised was over 1.5 million!
The event consisted of a 5K and a 1-mile walk, and based around beneficial exercise and community awareness.
Participants also were able to head to the PNC Field Kids Zone, and enjoy face painting, balloon animals, snacks, refreshments, prizes, team mascots, and much more!
There was no fee to walk, but the more the participants donated/raised, the more prizes they were entered to win! Walkers received the following for each fundraising milestone:
- $25 – Crayola Dry Erase Fun Transfer (youth)
- $30 – Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community t-shirt (from Highmark)
- $50 – Healthy Heroes superhero cape
- $100 – Every $100 raised will get one entry into MFHS grand prize drawing
Sundance Vacations donated a week long getaway!
Sundance Vacations donated an 8 night/7 day stay for either the beautiful Myrtle Beach/Hilton Head, SC, valued at $1,500!
The walkers had until June 29 to get any last-minute donation in order to try to have a chance to win the trip.
The Maternal and Family Health Services stopped in the Sundance Vacations Wilkes-Barre office for a Facebook live video where the grand prize winner was selected!
Checkout the video here:
More about Maternal and Family Health Services
Maternal Family and Health Services was founded in 1971 and has been preventing disease, promoting wellness, and empowering individuals to realize the promise of better health for over 45 years.
They oversee and support a network of health and nutrition centers in 16 Pennsylvania counties, serving over 100,000 women, men and children annually through six core programs:
- WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Nutrition
- Reproductive Health
- Nurse-Family Partnership
- Cancer Screening
- Pregnancy Care
If you missed the event, but would still like to donate to the MFHS, you can do so here: https://www.mfhs.org/donate/
More about Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community
The Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community is an annual fundraising walk that benefits local health and human service agencies. The walk is held in seven different locations, including Pittsburgh, Johnstown, Harrisburg, Erie, Lehigh Valley (Allentown/Bethlehem Area), Northeast Pennsylvania (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Area) and Wilmington, Delaware.
The primary goal of the walk is to help participating organizations raise money for their individual missions.
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