Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB)
November 18, 2017
Today, United Way of Greater Los Angeles hosted its 11th Annual HomeWalk – the only 5K family run/walk dedicated to raising public awareness and funds to end homelessness in L.A. County – in Downtown Los Angeles’ Grand Park. The event kicked off with special appearances by Elise Buik (United Way of Greater Los Angeles, President and CEO), Mayor Eric Garcetti, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Eric Dickerson (Los Angeles Rams Hall of Famer), Jon Huertas (star on NBC’s This Is Us), Seamus Dever (star on ABC’s Castle), as well as other elected and city leaders. Presenting Sponsor representative Peter Laugharn of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and VIP Sponsor representatives Kelli Bernard of AECOM and Cinny Kennard of the Annenberg Foundation were also among the 10,000 participants who raised funds and walked to end homelessness.
This year’s top individual fundraiser was Lisa Alexander from SoCalGas, and the top team fundraiser was SoCalGas with more than $108,000 in contributions. Over the past ten years, HomeWalk has raised over $7.6 million, which directly helped to bring 18,000 of our homeless neighbors home for good. This year’s HomeWalk raised more than $1 million, thanks in part to the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Challenge – which matched every $5,000 a person or team raised with another $5,000.
“United Way has been leading the fight to end homelessness in L.A. County and we remain deeply committed to continuing that fight until all of our homeless neighbors have a safe and permanent home,” said Elise Buik, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Los Angeles. “It’s time for everyone to say yes…