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Donations greatly benefit Walk-a-Mile in Her Shoes event

  • Dana Dexter receiving the Fleischman Award from Rob and Marianne Fleischman. This award is given to a “champion” who supports the Crisis Center’s Cause. Courtesy


Thursday, November 02, 2017
Donations greatly benefit Walk-a-Mile in Her Shoes event

The Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire had a successful, fourth annual Walk-a-Mile in Her Shoes Event on Main Street in Concord. Thank you to our community, registered walkers, volunteers and W.A.M committee members! As of last week, CCCNH received a total of $51,552 in donations and money still coming in from Cocktails for a Cause.

Our committee members work diligently to improve this event a little each year. Thank you committee chairman: Dana Dexter, committee members: Tina Smith, Marianne Fleischman, Laura Spaulding, Donna D’Hemecourt, Jay Panneton and Karen McNamara for volunteering your time making this event a success. A huge thank you to our speaker, Tina Smith, for sharing her story. Tina’s courage to share provides a voice and understanding for other survivors.

Thank you event day volunteers: Wendy Jensen, Chelsea Rommel, Vickie Kapszak, Mary McGahan, Kathy Lombardi, Kathleen Ames, Andrea McGahan, Jessica Crowley, Cathy Lamontagne, Amelia Dickinson, Debbie Dickinson, Suzanne Carmichael, Sam Carr, Sarah Pilotte, Teresa Lombardi, Pam Bissonette, Miss New Hampshire Lauren Percy. CCCNH would also like to thank: The City of Concord, Concord Police Department, the Concord Monitor, the Concord Insider, Anne at Fifty Home and Concord Community TV.

This year, “walking music” was added thanks to Carl Smith and incredible support from Nazzy and Tara at 98.3 LNH before and during our event. Dave Waldman videotaped W.A.M., Michelle A. Doherty Photography and Melissa Royer Photography captured the event in photos. Our stiletto sponsors: Concord Eye Center, Merrimack County Savings Bank, Grappone Automotive Group. Wedge sponsors: Joyce Sales Group, LLC, Coed Sportswear, Banks Chevrolet, Zoe & Co. Bra Fitters. Slingback sponsors: Cleary Cleaners, Hodges Development Corp., Preti Flaherty, Pearson’s Inc., Eastern Bank, Philadelphia Insurance Co., Dr. Rodney Sigua DDS. In-kind donor of water: Eastern Bank and Hearts for Kindness This year, Grappone Automotive Group and Concord Nissan placed purple balloons, the color of October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month, on cars at their dealerships for the week of W.A.M.

Finally, and most importantly, a special thank you to all of our walkers, team captains, fundraisers and supporters who attended this year’s walk, promoting the advocacy work and education around domestic violence and sexual assault. W.A.M is always held the first Wednesday of October. Mark your calendars next year for Oct. 3, 2018. If you need new shoes start looking now and order them at least a half-size larger. Event winners: biggest team was St. Paul’s School (91-plus), biggest team fundraiser was Grappone Blister Bros., raising $6,800, biggest individual fundraiser – Dana Dexter raising $3,150, best shoes went to Ryan St. Cyr.

Karen McNamara,

development director,

Crisis Center of Central N. H.