Walkers, many wearing blue Clarity Solutions Walk for Life T-shirts, including some with children in strollers and dogs on leashes, took part in the organization’s annual walk.

The two-mile walk Saturday from Clarity offices on East Memorial Drive in Elizabethtown and into nearby Freeman Lake Park, reached Clarity’s goal of $85,000 as hundreds of walkers took part in the annual fundraiser.

The event featured a bouncy house for children, doughnuts, hot dogs and hamburgers, popcorn and drinks for participants.

“As of Monday morning, we have reached our goal of $85,000,” Director of Ministry Advancement Maegan Bennett said. “We anticipate we will exceed our goal, however, as the event page will stay open for giving for 30 days and we continue to receive gifts through the mail and from those that participated as walkers but weren’t able to join us in person on Saturday. We are so grateful.”

Anyone interested in contributing can do so through supportclarity.org/events/walk-for-life.

Walkers took part not only strolling at Freeman Lake Park, but many who were unable to attend, walked the distance on their own at their convenience.

Clarity is a full-service pregnancy center which provides medical services to those in unexpected pregnancies. Among its services are lab-quality pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, nurse consultation and options counseling. Also offered are ongoing programs, Aspire for women, and AIM for men that provide support, mentoring, education and material resources.

Clarity is a completely donor-funded nonprofit agency.

“All of the funds raised through this event will go back into the ministry to allow Clarity to continue to provide help and hope to those in this community who find themselves in unexpected pregnancy situations,” Bennett said.

Bennett said it’s difficult to know exactly how many walkers took part due to the “come and go nature of the event.”

“...I think we had around 400 people join us in person on Saturday,” she said.

Last year, around $105,000 was raised from Walk for Life.

“This community is incredible,” Bennett said. “Lives are being changed and saved daily because Clarity is available to families facing unexpected pregnancies. Whether it’s medical services, conversations with our nurses, education, mentoring or material resources, the service Clarity provides to this community is essential and we’ve seen that even more so in the past couple years.

“Without the support of this incredible community, none of it would be possible and we are so grateful,” she added.

The Walk for Life is one of two primary fundraisers each year for Clarity Solutions. The other is an annual banquet, which this year featured Pam Tebow, the mother of Heisman Trophy and former NFL player, Tim Tebow.

Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at 270-505-1404 or jdalessio@thenewsenterprise.com.

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