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April 4, 2013 – Harris, N.Y. – The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® event to raise funds for the Rape Intervention Services and Education (RISE) program of Sullivan County, administered by Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC), will be held on April 20 at the Sullivan County Government Center Lobby in Monticello.

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 at

Immediately following the Walk is a picnic from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at DeHoyos Park in Monticello. The Chicken BBQ fundraiser, hosted by the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Sullivan Class of 2013, is $10 per person and includes chicken, a roll, a side, a beverage and dessert. There will also be a free shuttle from the Government Center to DeHoyos Park and back. All funds go directly to support RISE of Sullivan County.

RISE advocates for anyone who is or has been a survivor of sexual abuse. Founded in 1987, RISE provides an array of services to survivors of sexual abuse and offers prevention education, advocacy and assistance to survivors, 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. The program maintains a 24-hour crisis hotline number, which is 845-791-9595. The RISE program is funded by grants, in part provided by the Sullivan County Rural Health Network.

For more information about RISE or the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® event, contact Sarah Dittmar at 845-794-3300 ext. 2442, or visit the RISE page at To learn more about the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® national organization, visit

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