Kobe Bryant To Serve As Honorary Chair Of 6th Annual HomeWalk To End Homelessness In L.A. County — November 17

Kobe Bryant and United Way’s CEO, Elise Buik.
Photo credits United Way

Kobe Bryant To Serve As Honorary Chair Of 6th Annual HomeWalk To End Homelessness In L.A. County — November 17
United Way 5K Run/Walk Has Raised $2.2 Million and Helped Move 12,000 into Permanent Housing.

Part of United Way’s campaign to end poverty in L.A. County, HomeWalk is a 5K run/walk to raise    public awareness and fund solutions to end    homelessness, an extreme form of poverty. Over   the last five years, 28,000 people have walked,  raising $2.2M and helping move over 12,000 people   off the streets and into housing. This year, the  Conrad N. Hilton Foundation will match every  donation of $100 or more, driving expected record donations from the Walk.
For the second consecutive year, Kobe Bryant is  Honorary Chair for HomeWalk, which will take  place at Exposition Park in front of the Los  Angeles Coliseum.

WHY/STATS:      L.A. County remains the Homeless Capital of the  nation, with 51,000 living without homes.  40% of the homeless are women and children; 24%   are chronically homeless 62% of the homeless    population are unsheltered, living on the streets   or in cars Local families now represent the   fastest-growing segment of the homeless   population Permanent housing with supportive services has a proven success rate of 85%
WHO: Over 10,000 L.A. residents running and walking to help end homelessness, including the following expected celebrities and officials:    L.A. Laker Kobe Bryant (2012 Honorary Chair)JR  Martinez, US Veteran, Actor and AuthorMark Valley and Jon Huertas, ActorsBea Cohen, a 102 year-old  WWII VeteranElise Buik, President and CEO, United  Way of Greater Los AngelesLocal and state officials

WHEN:          Saturday, November 17, 2012  7:00 a.m. Registration 8:30 a.m. Opening Ceremony 9:00 a.m. Run/walk begins

WHERE:         Exhibition Park 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles
BCAST VISUALS:  Opening remarks and ceremonies Over 6,000 walkers  and runners starting the 5K Various stops along  the walk that illustrate homelessness in L.A.County
SOURCE  United Way of Greater Los Angeles


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