Walk a Mile in My Shoes benefit moves indoors due to snow

 
Submitted by Wayside Cross Ministries
Updated 2/13/2018 10:20 PM
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  • Aurora University baseball and softball student athletes pose for a photo at Wayside Cross Ministries' after Waysides' Walk a Mile in My Shoes benefit walk was canceled due to the Feb. 9 winter storm.

    Aurora University baseball and softball student athletes pose for a photo at Wayside Cross Ministries' after Waysides' Walk a Mile in My Shoes benefit walk was canceled due to the Feb. 9 winter storm. Courtesy of Al Benson

  • Heather Michael, shift supervisor at Wayside Cross Ministries' Lifespring Ministry, outlines ministry services for women and children during Waysides' Walk a Mile in My Shoes benefit.

    Heather Michael, shift supervisor at Wayside Cross Ministries' Lifespring Ministry, outlines ministry services for women and children during Waysides' Walk a Mile in My Shoes benefit. Courtesy of Al Benson

  • Aurora Deputy Mayor Chuck Nelson applauds free services of Wayside Cross Ministries during Waysides' Walk a Mile in My Shoes benefit Feb. 10.

    Aurora Deputy Mayor Chuck Nelson applauds free services of Wayside Cross Ministries during Waysides' Walk a Mile in My Shoes benefit Feb. 10. Courtesy of Al Benson

  • Aurora University baseball players line up for pancakes Feb. 10 as part of Wayside Cross Ministries' Walk a Mile in My Shoes benefit.

    Aurora University baseball players line up for pancakes Feb. 10 as part of Wayside Cross Ministries' Walk a Mile in My Shoes benefit. Courtesy of Al Benson

Wayside Cross Ministries' Walk a Mile in My Shoes benefit walk on Saturday, Feb. 10, was snowed out by Friday's winter storm.

The 12th annual one-mile event was set for 9 a.m. from and back to First Presbyterian Church's Harkness Family Center in Aurora.

Rebecca Monrean, Wayside manager of church/donor development, said the event was canceled -- for the first time -- out of safety concerns for walkers.

Guest speakers and a pancake breakfast went ahead as planned. Speakers were Monrean, Chuck Nelson, Aurora deputy mayor; and Heather Michael, shift supervisor, Wayside's Lifespring Ministry, a transitional living center for women and children. Rev. Jeff Moore, First Presbyterian pastor, gave an invocation.

In addition to Lifespring, the walk benefits Wayside's Urban Youth Ministry. It offers free programs for children including a summer camp, winter program and a summer baseball league.

Continuing a long-standing tradition, about 75 Aurora University softball and baseball student athletes were on hand to lead the walk. Adam Stevens, baseball coach, said the athletes raised about $2,000 to $3,000 for Wayside.

Call (630) 723-3421 to donate.

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