Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community

2016 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Stage AE  |  North Shore
Pittsburgh, PA


Online registration is open!

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Registration   |   7:45 a.m.  

5K Walk   |   9:00 a.m.  

One-Mile Fun Walk   |   9:15 a.m.


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What is The Walk?

The Walk for a Healthy Community is an annual event hosted by Highmark that enables nonprofit health and human service agencies from around the Pittsburgh area to come together in support of a wide variety of programs that support the local community. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield underwrites the cost of the Walk and handles the logistical planning for the Walk. Because of Highmark’s commitment, 100 percent of the money raised by walkers goes to the participating organizations.

Our Reason for Walking

“A place to call home,” a simple phrase with such a powerful meaning. Home is where you hang your hat, a gathering place to celebrate memories, achievements and milestones like 33 years of being a good neighbor! Quality home environments and community inclusion are phrases that have important meanings for Southwinds. If it wasn’t for our belief that everyone deserves the right to live a normal life in their own home and in their own community, Southwinds would not exist.

The success we have had over the past seven years at the Highmark Walk has had a tremendous impact on the lives of the individuals we serve as an organization. We have raised funds for programs such as Client Health and Fitness, S.T.A.R. (Seniors Together At Retirement), and Southwinds’ future Memory Care House. But the nuts and bolts of Southwinds, the core support needed to run the day-to-day operations, are in critical need.

Part of our strategic plan is to be a forever home for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. With an ever-changing environment in which Southwinds’ individuals are living longer and requiring more specialized care and housing, it is becoming increasingly difficult to meet these needs. This is why your devotion to our cause is more important than ever. By making a donation, pledging your support to a walker or coming out in person to walk with us on May 14th, you will have a profound impact on the lives of the 47 individuals who call Southwinds home and the programs and services we offer.

Thank you for being a part of 33 years of support, kindness and generosity. We sincerely hope that you will help us make 2016 our best Walk yet, because family is forever, friends are a lifeline and a house is a place to call home!

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''Why I Walk'' | by Barb Smith Funk

It has been over 30 years since Southwinds opened its doors and welcomed its first residents home! This year will be the 30th year since my brother David began his journey of independent living. The vision that began with those founding parents (including our mom, Mary) all those years ago has blossomed into the amazing agency that it is today. The opportunities, the friendships, the devotion of care and the love are all of the qualities that describe what David experiences by calling Southwinds home. Through the years, David’s needs have greatly changed and Southwinds has adapted accordingly. They have done so by providing specialty homes, specialty vans, adaptive equipment and trained staff. It is amazing! With budgetary issues and a sluggish economy, these needs become more and more of a financial struggle.

I walk for many reasons! I walk to raise funds. I walk to raise awareness. I walk to be with my family. And I walk in celebration! I am so incredibly grateful for David’s Southwinds family! David has led such an amazing life and for most of those years, he has called Southwinds home. I would encourage others to join the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community and feel the magic too. Start planning early! Get sponsors, take up a collection, encourage your kids and grandkids to get involved. Make it fun! Fundraising can be a wonderful way to not only raise money, but to teach others about the incredible service that Southwinds provides. The excitement of this day is truly magical! Ready… set… go!!!



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