Wednesday October 3, 2012

BRATTLEBORO -- Morningside Shelter will host its second annual Hike for the Homeless fundraising event on Saturday, Oct. 6 (with a rain date of Oct. 7) on Mount Wantastiquet in Hinsdale, N.H.

The event will feature spectacular fall-foliage views of downtown Brattleboro, with options to hike to the summit of Mount Wantastiquet or walk along the river trail at its base. Participants may begin their hike at the Mountain Road trailhead (an immediate left after the second bridge on Route 119 when coming from downtown Brattleboro, VT) anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

All proceeds will benefit Morningside Shelter.

Having been in operation for over 30 years, Morningside is the only year-round homeless shelter in southeastern Vermont. Morningside has 29 beds for homeless families and individuals at the shelter, and also runs a number of outreach programs focused on homelessness prevention.

"We have been operating with a long waiting list for the past several years," stated Executive Director Joshua Davis in a press release announcing the event. "This fundraiser is our largest of the year, and significantly impacts our annual budget. We hope you’ll come out for the Hike and support this great cause."

According to Libby Bennett, Development Coordinator at Morningside, "Homelessness remains a critical issue in our community. Our services have been in high demand, especially during the last few years. We rely on supporters to join us in transforming the lives of some of our community’s most vulnerable."

Bennett stated more than 80 participants hiked at last year’s event and raised $11,000 in support of the Shelter.

"We were delighted with the response from the community last year, and hope to raise substantially more this year."

Those who wish to participate in the Hike for the Homeless, whether by fundraising, hiking, or by supporting a participant with a contribution, should visit Morningside’s fundraising website at www.firstgiving.com/MorningsideShelter/hikeforthehomeless2012.

Any questions may be directed to Libby Bennett, lbennett@morningsideshelter.org or 802-257-0066 x101.

Morningside would like to thank our growing list of confirmed sponsors for this year’s Hike: TD Bank, Abatem Exterminating Company, Trust Company of Vermont, Lotus Graphics, Hotel Pharmacy, Entergy, Peter Havens Restaurant, Atamaniuk Funeral Home, Bast Investment Corporation, Brattleboro Tire, Brown & Roberts Hardware, Consult Techs, Friends of the Sun, Ker Westerlund Funeral Home, Members 1st Credit Union, The Richards Group, and Richmond Auto Repair.

For more information on how your organization can support Morningside Shelter with a sponsorship contribution, please contact Libby Bennett (see contact information above).