Step Out to Stop Abuse 2003 FAQ

(sent on 2003-08-19)

Step Out to Stop Abuse 2003
It's a collaborative effort by eight domestic violence agencies to raise awareness of domestic abuse and to raise funds to help women who are experiencing domestic abuse in the Chicago-land area. Last year, nearly 600 participants, along with sponsors and donors, raised more than $70,000 to provide services for women and children. This year's partnering domestic violence agencies are: Apuna Ghar, Chicago Abused Women Coalition, Constance Morris House, Friends of Battered Women and Their Children, Rainbow House, Sarah's Inn, South Suburban Family Shelter and the Women's Program of Heartland Alliance. Monies earned by Rainbow House-registered walkers will go straight to Rainbow House - supporting the women and children who have experienced domestic abuse who access their services, including their emergency shelter and outreach sites in the Beverly / Morgan Park and Little Village communities.

Saturday, August 23rd - Rain or shine
Walkers may arrive as early as 8:30 AM.
Registration opens at 9:00 AM.
The opening ceremony begins at 9:30 AM.
The walk begins at 10:00 AM.

8:30 - 10:00 AM - Capoeira Angola Chicago
11:00 - 11:30 AM - Canasta
11:30 - 12:30 PM - M.A.D.D. Rhythms

Grant Park's Avery Field, by Columbus and Roosevelt (where Radiohead played two years ago). The 5K walk proceeds north along the lakefront, turns back at Randoplh and heads south back to Avery Field.

Public Transportation:
CTA Red Line (Howard / Dan Ryan) el stop at Roosevelt
CTA Bus #12 (Roosevelt) or #'s 127, 130, 6 or 146 to Grant Park / Museum Campus

Parking is available at Millenium Park at the East Monroe Garage (350 E. Monroe).

Although registration isn't required in order to walk, the registration fee is $30 and includes a "Step Out" t-shirt. This fee can either be payed by the the individual or solicited in the form of pledges. Forming teams is also encouraged, but the fee still applies to each member of a team.

If registering in advance (encouraged), please send pledge sheets, registration forms and fees before August 20th to:

Gwynne Kizer
Rainbow House
20 E. Jackson - Suite 1550
Chicago, IL 60604

Otherwise, walkers may register at the event, begining at 9:00 AM that morning. Please arrive early to avoid long lines at the registration table.

If you need more pledge forms, feel free to make copies yourself or call / e-mail Gwynne at (312) 935-3430 / and she'll send you some. All checks should be made payable to Rainbow House.

Beverages and refreshments will be available for a suggested donation.