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Event to take place at the Sullivan County Government Center in Monticello

August 8, 2011 – Harris, N.Y. – On Saturday, October 1, men, women and children will walk the grounds of the Sullivan County Government Center in Monticello at the 2nd Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® event to raise funds for the RISE (Rape Intervention Services and Education) program of Sullivan County. Many of the men will wear women’s shoes during the event, which takes a light-hearted approach to a very serious subject and increases awareness of how sexual assault impacts individuals and families in Sullivan County.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk kicks-off at 10 a.m. A reception will follow and will include a short program, refreshments and educational booths. Anyone can walk, and same-day registrants are welcome. Men are encouraged (but not required) to walk in women’s shoes. The registration fee is $20 and participants may also secure contributions through pledges. Walkers can raise funds through FirstGiving, a user-friendly, secure Web site, which is linked on the Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) home page Additionally, there are many sponsorship opportunities available for local businesses.

“We are very excited about our 2nd Annual Walk a Mile fundraiser,” said Cindy Zingher, RISE program director. “Last year was a great success and we are hoping this year will be even better. It is a great opportunity to raise awareness and get our message out to our community.”

RISE advocates for anyone who is or has been a victim of sexual abuse. Founded in 1987, RISE provides an array of services to victims of sexual abuse and offers prevention education, advocacy and assistance to victims, and accompanies them to the hospital, police or district attorney after an incident. RISE also offers confidential individual, family or couples counseling as well as support groups and professional training sessions.

For more information about RISE or the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® event, contact J.P. McGuirk at CRMC, 845-794-3300 ext. 2070 or visit To learn more about the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® national organization, visit

A member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, Catskill Regional Medical Center is dedicated to providing the highest quality health care to residents in the Sullivan County region. For more information, call 845-794-3300 or visit