Great Bend’s downtown businesses are in step with the Family Crisis Center’s “Walk a Mike in Her Shoes” fundraiser, which will take place from 6-8 p.m. this Thursday in the courthouse square, said Christina Hayes, community coordinator. To show support and create a fun atmosphere, local retailers are offering a related scavenger hunting during this week’s “Thirsty Thursdays” promotion.
Family Crisis Center Volunteer Coordinator Renee Miller has been working with Hayes to tie in Thirsty Thursday retail businesses to this year’s event. During Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, men will wear red high heels as they walk around the courthouse square. Participating businesses are putting red shoes on their windows to show customers that they want them in their stores and support local events and efforts, Hayes said.
In-store specials will also be offered Thursday evening. Those wanting to participate in the scavenger hunt can pick up a card and figure out the clues for a chance to win prizes. The winner will be announced at 7:30 p.m. in the courthouse square.
“This is an excellent opportunity for spectators to see not only men walking in red high heels, but to learn about the significance of this event,” Miller said. “The scavenger hunt is a new addition to this event because it gives people the opportunity to observe the walk and check out the stores.”
“The Great Bend retail stores give so much to our community, it’s time we give to them by participating in the extended Thirsty Thursday shopping hours, participate in a good cause and have some fun,” Hayes said. “We invite all to look for the red shoes on the windows, find something great to buy during their Thursday Red Shoe Special and of course check out all the great window displays.”
Contact Renee Miller at Family Crisis Center (620-793-9941 or firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information on the Walk A Mile Event, or contact Christina Hayes at the Great Bend City offices (793-4111 or email@example.com) for more information on Thirsty Thursdays and retail tie-ins.