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Concert, dinner part of MHA's Walk-A-Thon

By Paul Huggins 340-2395

You don't have to walk to help raise money for this year's Walk-A-Thon for the Mental Health Association in Morgan County.

The 27th annual event includes a spaghetti dinner and concert by Natchez Trace on July 26 at the Holiday Inn. The dinner will start at 6 p.m., an hour after the walk begins at Rhodes Ferry Park.

Organizers hope the dinner and concert will help surpass last year's Walk-A-Thon total of $26,000. The 2007 goal is $30,000.

Tickets are $20 per person. Reservations must be received by Friday afternoon.

Walk-A-Thon chairwomen Sherry Lowery and Cindy Heaton have already recruited division leaders, who in turn are each trying to find five VIPs to raise at least $100.

The money will help MHA offset a 3 percent cut in support from United Way, which didn't make goal in 2006.

MHA provides an array of mental health support for an entire family:

Alzheimer's services; programs for persons recovering from serious mental illness; substance abuse prevention programs; rape response advocacy and rape prevention education; a depression support group; a summer camp for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; May Mental Health Month Breakfast and Seminar; a self-esteem program for second- and third-graders; Child Safety Conference; an event honoring artists who suffer or suffered from mental illness; and information/referrals for people in need of mental health services.

Anyone who raises or gives $500 will get an event T-shirt and a ticket to the supper and concert. Money must be turned in by July 23. Anyone who raises or gives $100 will get a T-shirt and can purchase a ticket to the supper/concert for half price.

Walk-A-Thon T-shirts are also on sale for $10 and $12, depending on the size.

Anyone who wants to participate in the Walk-A-Thon or attend the dinner should call the MHA office at 353-1160.

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