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United Way of Greater Los Angeles and Fannie Mae Foundation Announce 3000 Marchers for HomeWalk 2007
Date:11/13/2007

First-Ever Walk on November 17th will Raise Awareness and Funds to Fight

Homelessness in Los Angeles County - the Homeless Capital of America

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- United Way of Greater Los Angeles today announced that 3000 marchers have signed up to fight homelessness on Saturday morning, November 17, 2007, by participating in the first-ever 5k family walk called HomeWalk in Exposition Park near downtown Los Angeles. HomeWalk will engage participants through a unique educational journey bringing to life three personal homeless stories through a series of visual and audio towers. HomeWalk in collaboration with the Fannie Mae Foundation Help the Homeless Program and Walkathon, will take place simultaneously with similar walks and events in Washington D.C. and across six other cities.

"We're heartened by this remarkable outpouring of community support and are extremely excited that over 300 teams from government, businesses, non-profit and faith organizations have registered to walk," said Elise Buik, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Los Angeles. "Together, we know there is a cure for homelessness -- and thousands of people walking will clearly demonstrate on Saturday that this critically important issue cannot be ignored."

People who want to sign up for HomeWalk can do so by going to the website: http://www.homewalkla.org or by calling 888-243-5752. Onsite registration begins at 7:00 am on Saturday, November 17, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will kick off the event itself at 8:30 am. Registration is $25 for adults; $10 for children 8-15 years old; and free for children under eight. One hundred percent of the HomeWalk proceeds will go to aiding the homeless, since many generous corporate donors have offset the costs of the event itself, generating more than $500,000 in sponsorships.

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