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WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES® FUNDRAISER TO BE HELD OCTOBER 1 – 09/19/2011

September 19, 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 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 at www.crmcny.org.

“We are two weeks away and we’re encouraging everyone to walk or fundraise to help increase awareness and donations for RISE,” said Cindy Zingher, RISE program director.

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 www.crmcny.org. To learn more about the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® national organization, visit www.walkamileinhershoes.org