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2nd Annual Amicus Walk a Growing Event

September 23, 2010

Post by Maureen Fischer,  MaureenInk Communications,  Twitter: @ MaureenFischer,

Note:  Social Media Consultant Maureen Fischer contributed hundreds of hours of her time to Amicus in launching this blog and integrating it with our other social media.  Thanks Maureen! You’ve made “Inside Change” something we can all be proud of. You’re always an Amicus in our eyes!

Crystalline fall weather, a sizable turnout, generous donations and plenty of prizes made the September 19th Amicus walk around scenic Lake Como a great time for all. Volunteers, friends, donors and a few pets walked the loop around one of St. Paul’s biggest lakes in support of a better future for ex-offenders.

The 1.64 mile walk included refreshments and a prize drawing for theater tickets, pizza, free lunch etc. from local businesses including Hennepin Theatre Trust, Snuffy’s Malt Shop, Papa John’s, Como Friends, Gabe’s Roadhouse and Park Square Theatre. Caribou and Rainbow donated refreshments.

A bike rider along the way turned out to be an ex-offender. “I just can’t believe a group of people would take time out of their Sunday to support guys like me,” he said. But that’s exactly what was happening. Donations and pledges from walk participants—about $2000 so far—will go to support Reconnect, an Amicus program linking ex-offenders with employment, housing, identification, education, clothing and more.

After the walk, Amicus President Louise Wolfgramm awarded top prizes to two walkers for collecting the most pledges. She also announced prizes for several others who held winning raffle tickets.

“It’s an event that started small last year, but is growing,” says communications director Steve Nelson, its organizer.  “Walk pledges are still coming in via our website at”

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Ramona permalink
    October 7, 2010 12:45 pm

    This event is such an awesome opportunity to get involved in our community and stand together in our commitment to forgiveness and moving forward. I am excited for the future of this event as it continues to grow. It is an avenue to learn more about the barriers preventing ex-offenders from achieving successful reentry and for the community to get involved in the valuable work that Amicus is doing. I have high hopes that it will raise awareness of and community engagement in these difficult issues so that we can build a stronger, healthier community together.

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