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12:21 AM Mon, Nov. 19th

Walkathon to raise money for Meals on Wheels

PRESCOTT VALLEY - The CASA Senior Center here plans its second annual March for Meals on Saturday, March 19, to raise money to deliver meals to homebound residents.

The event will consist of a two-mile round trip walk from CASA on Manzanita Circle to the Urban Forest at Lakeshore Drive and back, according to center Executive Director Betty Robinson. The event in 2010 involved a walk around Community Center Park, which adjoins CASA.

CASA is joining Meals on Wheels programs from throughout the United States and Canada by conducting the event to make the public better aware of the plight of the aging population in the community, a flier states.

Participants will raise money for Meals on Wheels through pledges and sponsors, Robinson said. While participation was modest in 2010, the event raised $3,500 to $4,000 - enough to provide more than 700 meals.

"We have several organizations that are trying to get teams (of walkers) going, and we are hoping to have a bunch of teams from different companies and banks," Robinson said. "We will have vehicles if people get tired and can't make it back" to CASA.

CASA will supply bottled water to the walkers.

Sign-ins will begin at 8:30 a.m. March 19, with the walk starting at 9 a.m. A pancake breakfast will follow at 10 a.m.

The breakfast will be free to walkers and sponsors, Robinson said. The charge for others will be $5.

The CASA center serves lunches on weekdays for $4 for people 60 and older and $5 for younger people. The center serves 40 to 50 meals per day, said Mary Wise, administrative director.

Meals on Wheels charges $5 per delivery and delivers between 95 to 110 meals per weekday, Robinson said.

For more information, call CASA at 772-3337, or log onto the website at www.casapv.net.