SaddleBrooke Community Outreach slates its fund-raising walkathon Oct. 24 - The Explorer: El Sol

SaddleBrooke Community Outreach slates its fund-raising walkathon Oct. 24

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Posted: Tuesday, August 4, 2009 11:00 pm | Updated: 1:36 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

SaddleBrooke Community Outreach has scheduled its 13th annual fund-raising walkathon on Oct. 24.

SaddleBrooke Community Outreach is "dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of school children … through improved self-respect, better school attendance and higher scholastic achievement," sponsorship chair Merna Oakley said in a June 15 letter.

In 2008-'09, the non-profit, volunteer organization used funds to provide more than 3,500 wardrobes for more than 2,000 needy children, tutor more than 500 students a week, give 19 students college scholarships, and offer summer enrichment activities for 500 children.

In total, it served 3,000 youngsters with monies from various fund-raisers, the walkathon being its signature event "and one of our most popular."

Sponsorships, from $200 to $4,000, are now being pursued. Participating businesses have their names and logos printed on T-shirts worn by every walkathon participant.

For more information, contact Oakley at mernaoakley@wbhsi.net, or at 825-1420. Tax-deductible contributions to SaddleBrooke Community Outreach may be mailed to the organization at 63675 E. SaddleBrooke Blvd., Suite L, Tucson, 85739. An Aug. 3 deadline was set to ensure business logos are printed on shirts.

"Thank you for your generosity and help in making a difference in a child's life," Oakley concludes.

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