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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.
“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 www.amicususa.org.”