Community Walk breakfast March 10

The Freihofer's Community Walk will have a kick-off breakfast on Wednesday, March 10, at The Crossings of Colonie's meeting room to discuss fund raising strategies for the organizations involved.

Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. and the breakfast will run from 8 to 9 a.m., according to event organizers. There is no fee to participate.

The Annual Freihofer's Community Walk is slated for Saturday, June 5.

The Freihofer's Community Walk is a unique fundraising opportunity that's really too good to walk away from, said Event Director George Regan, in a statement. "The baking company supplies all of the food, entertainment and logistics. All non-profits have to do is form a team from their supporters, volunteers and board members and then put their pledges to work for their organizations."

Attendees will get a "toolkit" with marketing, fundraising and registration information that comes inside a Freihofer's chocolate chip cookie box. It comes with "customizable posters and brochures, information sheets, agreement forms, and a color route map," according to information from the event's organizers.

"With small staffs, tight budgets, and limited resources, development professionals are challenged to find new ways to bring in revenue in 2010 while cultivating relationships," said The Stakeholders Foundation CEO Catherine Hedgeman. "The walk is a great way to raise both awareness and money for many causes without worrying about the logistics or incurring any overhead."

The Stakeholders Foundation is helping organize the event recruit charities.

The three-mile-run kicks off on Madison Avenue. There are 27 non-profit organizations registered for the breakfast. Last year 51 participated with a total of 572 Walkers.


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