Making a difference: Annual ‘Steps’ walk raises funds for nonprofits

Nearly 100 participants laced up their walking shoes Saturday, Oct. 19, taking to the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum trails for the eighth annual UW-Green Bay Steps to Make a Difference Walk.

Held to celebrate national Make a Difference Day, this year’s event raised more than $3,000 for four local nonprofit organizations that were chosen by student organizers. Court Appointed Special Advocates of Brown County (CASA), Fox/Wolf Watershed Alliance, Harmony Café of Green Bay and Literacy Green Bay are the beneficiaries of this year’s walk.

“We at CASA of Brown County are so appreciative of being chosen as a charity recipient for the very well-organized and hugely successful Steps to Make a Difference Walk,” said Connie Greenawald, CASA director. “The students involved should all be very proud, as not only did the walk raise funds for four organizations, but it and they also raised awareness, which sometimes can be even more valuable. Thank you to all who participated — you have invested in the abused and neglected children of Brown County.”

Organized by UW-Green Bay’s Phoenix Philanthropy Club and the Center for Public Affairs, the student-led walk offered participants their choice of a two-or four-mile course along the beautiful fall-color-filled trails of the Cofrin Arboretum. The event offers a terrific chance for students to get involved, said Teresa Wroblewski, Philanthropy Club president and Steps to Make a Difference Walk chair.

“The Steps to Make a Difference Walk is about providing students with the opportunity to organize a fundraiser, while making a difference along the way,” Wroblewski said. “Students work firsthand with four local nonprofits, by not only raising money for them, but also by raising awareness of why these nonprofits matter in the community. This is a great way for students to not only get involved but also to show that they care about the future well-being of our community.”

More information about the Steps to Make a Difference Walk is available online and on Facebook.

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