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Mall Walk Raises $ 20,000+

The 6th Annual "Movin' for McAuley Mall Walk" presented by Panera Bread, which was held February 21,2009, helped to raise over $20,000 for the Catherine McAuley Center (CMC) and its Adult Basic Education and Transitional Housing for Women Programs.  This year, 471 walkers registered to participate in the fun, family event as well as the 15 area businesses and non-profit agencies who took part in the Walk's first "Family Expo".  The "Family Expo" gave businesses and organizations an opportunity to inform the community on all things happening around the area and how they can become involved. 

            "We are grateful to all the individuals, businesses and organizations that supported us during the walk," said Ashley Funkhauser, fundraising/public relations coordinator at CMC.  "This event would not be successful without the support from our sponsors and generous gifts that are given by members of the community."

Panera Bread, the presenting sponsor of the event, presented a check to CMC for over $14,500 from the company's Operation Dough-Nation program®.  This program ensures that donations made at Panera Bread in the Operation Dough-Nation boxes go back in to the community.  All portions of cash donations made by customers in bakery-cafes may be matched by Panera. 

"Our partnership with Panera Bread is something that is unique to the Cedar Rapids area," Funkhauser said.  "The company truly believes in giving back to the community and with help from their customers, they are able to give back in a huge way.  This event would not be possible without the support of Panera Bread and its customers."

Other sponsors of the event include media sponsor-Z102.9, host sponsor -Westdale Mall, children's entertainment sponsor-Hills Bank and Trust, advertising sponsor-Beltone and Catholic Knights.

CMC is celebrating its 20th year of service in 2009 and this fundraising event set the tone for the upcoming months.  "In today's economy, it's uncertain what the future holds.  However, we are thankful that the community continues to support our services and realizes the need in the area," said Funkhauser.  "The Center has served thousands of individuals in the last 20 years and the staff and volunteers of CMC look forward to continuing these high-quality services for many years to come."     


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