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Thursday, June 22, 2017 This Week's Paper
The Rescue Mission holds first walk-athon fundraiser

The Rescue Mission in Tacoma will be holding its first Walk-A-Thon event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 at Federal Way High School in Federal Way.


Everyone is invited to take part in this fun, healthy day for the whole family. Highlights will includelive entertainment, tasty treats, and activities for kids, as well as opportunities for participants to learn about the experience of our region’s homeless population.


The Rescue Mission Vennie Murphy 5K Walk-A-Thon borrows the name of Vennie Murphy, a retired Boeing IAM – 751 Machinist, who has volunteered at the Mission since the ‘90s. In 2012, Vennie was honored as a Rescue Mission Volunteer of the Year. Vennie’s continued dedication to serving in the Good Neighbor Café has contributed to warm meals, and warm hearts, for two decades. 


The Walk-A-Thon will build community, increase awareness, and raise financial support for The Rescue Mission’s ongoing work of providing food, shelter, and other vital services to homeless individuals. In the last fiscal year, The Rescue Mission served 1,750 unduplicated men, women, and families with children. Over 80 percent of these clients were Washington state residents. This year, the need continues to increase, witheven more families turning to the Mission for help.


Those interested in participating in the walk can register the day of the event, or visit to register as an individual, and build a team to gather friends and family to support the Mission together. Anyone can contribute financially, with no obligation to walk or be present the day of the event.


The Rescue Mission is a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Tacoma. Guided by its Christian heritage and belief in the human spirit, the Rescue Mission workswith people at all stages of addiction, homelessness or other life challenges, offering proven services, support and facilities. Originally founded in 1912 to serve homeless men in Tacoma, the Rescue Mission has grown to serve women and children in all parts of Pierce County with six different locations.