CONTACT: Brittany Reno, Development and Special Events Specialist, 412-632-1934 or brittany.reno@goodwillswpa.org

PITTSBURGH, March 25, 2015 – Start gathering family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to help Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania by participating in the 13th Annual Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community on Saturday, May 16, at Stage AE on the North Shore.

Goodwill is one of 75 local nonprofit organizations that will participate in the event presented by Highmark Inc., which underwrites the entire cost so that 100 percent of the money raised by walkers goes to the participating organizations. 

“Goodwill is very excited to take part in this year’s Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community, and we are so grateful to Highmark for sponsoring this great community event,” said Brittany Reno, Development and Special Events Specialist. “We invite all of Goodwill’s many friends and supporters throughout the Pittsburgh region to join us in supporting Goodwill’s mission of helping people improve their quality of life through work and related services. Our goal this year is to recruit over 150 walkers and to raise more than $9,000.”

Presented in five Pennsylvania communities during May and June, the Highmark Walk benefits local health and human service agencies across the state and has raised $7.8 million for more than 250 nonprofit organizations since its inception in 2003. The primary goal is to help participating organizations raise money for their individual missions. The secondary goal is to energize individuals to have a greater hand in their health by becoming or staying physically active.

Register now to walk for Goodwill at www.walkforahealthycommunity.org  or contact Brittany Reno, Development and Special Events Specialist, at 412-632-1934 or brittany.reno@goodwillswpa.org for more information.

The first 100 people to register will receive a Goodwill backpack. Walkers who raise $25 or more will receive a Highmark Walk t-shirt the day of the event and have a chance at raffle prizes valued at over $1,000, and those who raise $100 or more will be entered in a drawing to win a $100 Visa gift card or $25 Goodwill gift card.

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About Goodwill SWPA 

Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania is a diversified human service agency that is supported, in part, by its network of retail stores and other nonprofit businesses. It serves all of southwestern Pennsylvania and manages several affiliate units and special-purpose entities, including Goodwill of Fayette County; Goodwill of North Central West Virginia; Goodwill Commercial Services, Inc.; and Goodwill Housing. Goodwill SWPA operates 31 retail stores and several other businesses to help fund programs and to provide job training and related services to help clients overcome various barriers to employment. It has over 1,100 employees and in 2014 provided services to over 53,000 individuals.

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