Walk for warmth event raises $30,000

ESCANABA – Approximately $30,000 has been raised from this weekend’s annual Walk For Warmth in Delta County.

The annual walk, which took place Saturday morning, raises funds for the Menominee-Delta-Schoolcraft Community Action Agency to help residents in need pay their home heating bills. Nearly 70 people turned out to participate Saturday morning in Escanaba, according to CAA Executive Director Bill Dubord.

“In the Escanaba walk on Saturday, we took in approximately $6,900,” said Dubord, an amount when added to previous donations, brings the total of money raised in Delta County to approximately $30,000. All money raised benefits residents of Delta County.

The short, symbolic Walk for Warmth began at the Escanaba Elks Lodge on Ludington Street with registration and refreshments before proceeding to 14th Street and ending with a return trip to the Elks Lodge.

Similar walks were also held in Manistique and Menominee over the weekend to raise money for those in need of heating assistance in Schoolcraft and Menominee counties.

Schoolcraft County raised $4,000 from Walk for Warmth, with approximately 35 people participating in the walk on Saturday. The amount raised from the Menominee walk was unavailable prior to press time.

Residents, businesses, and other community groups participating garnered donations using a Walk for Warmth pledge sheet.

“We really appreciate the local support we get,” said Dubord. “We realize that economically the times are tough, but people still seem to come through to provide contributions for people with heating issues.”

He noted the Ride for Warmth Poker Run, an event related to Walk for Warmth, will take place this weekend, March 2, at 10 a.m. at the Rusty Rail in Cornell. Proceeds from the event will go to Walk for Warmth. For more information, contact the Rusty Rail at (906) 384-0111.