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UW-Green Bay Civics Club, Center for Public Affairs to host community charity walk

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The UW-Green Bay Civics Club and Center for Public Affairs will host the seventh annual Steps to Make A Difference Walk at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 on the Cofrin Arboretum Trail at UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Registration for the four-mile walk, which is held in conjunction with national Make a Difference Day, begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Phoenix Room of the University Union. The registration fee is $20, which one can donate or have sponsored by family and friends. Registration forms can be found online at www.uwgb.edu/steps.

Using the findings of the Brown County LIFE Study, which was spearheaded by UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Lora Warner, student organizers have chosen four organizations to receive the proceeds of this year’s walk. Checks must be made out to one of these four organizations (UW-Green Bay does not benefit from the walk):

Baird Creek Preservation Foundation
Ecumenical Partnership for Housing, Inc.
Hand-N-Hand of NEW, Inc.
Neville Public Museum Foundation

The annual Make a Difference Walk aids organizations that serve the Green Bay community while also providing an opportunity for students to learn how to organize, advertise and lead an event, as well as connect together with campus and community members to help others. In previous years, the event raised more than $40,000 for nonprofit organizations throughout the Green Bay community, receiving national attention in USA Weekend as a semifinalist for a Make a Difference Award.

A guiding principle of the Steps to Make a Difference Walk is to deliver 100 percent of the donations made by walkers to these deserving nonprofit organizations that address areas of need in Brown County. UW-Green Bay students participated in the research for the LIFE Study, managed by the UW-Green Bay Center for Public Affairs, which was released one year ago. The study identified the strengths and challenges facing the Brown County area.

Participants are invited to raise money as individuals or with a team. Donations made out to one of the four organizations listed above can be mailed by Oct. 22, 2012 to: UW-Green Bay Civics Club, Office of Student Life, UU150, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI, 54311. More information and registration forms can be found at www.uwgb.edu/steps. For further information, contact student walk leaders Teresa Wroblewski (wrobt27@uwgb.edu) or Kayla Viste (vistkh23@uwgb.edu) or faculty sponsor Lora Warner (warnerl@uwgb.edu).

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