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Fairbanks Gears Up for Eighth Visitor Industry Walk for Charity

Fairbanks, Alaska – The Fairbanks visitor industry is gearing up their family, friends, community non-profit organizations and other local businesses to walk and eat for charity in the Fairbanks Eighth Alaska’s Visitor Industry’s Walk for Charity.  Billed as the “4K Graze,” the event is coordinated by Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau (FCVB) and the Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA) – Fairbanks Chapter. 100% of all proceeds will be given to local 501(c)(3) non-profit charities registered for the event. Charities must be registered no later than April 12 at 5 pm to be eligible for individual participant registration designations. Over $178,000 has been raised in past walks.

On Friday, May 14, from 6 to 9:30 p.m., businesses from the visitor industry will hold a four kilometer (4K) walk and food graze to raise money for local charities. “This 4K is the only event where you can walk, may gain weight and raise money for charity all at the same time,” announced the Walk’s organizer, Karen Lane from the FCVB.

Event sponsors on board are the Alaska Travel Industry Association (statewide); Alaska Travel Industry Association (Fairbanks Chapter); A Taste of Alaska Lodge; A Bed & Breakfast Inn on Minnie Street; All Seasons Bed & Breakfast Inn; Bobby’s Downtown; Bridgewater Hotel; Boys & Girls Club of the Tanana Valley; Extended Stay Deluxe; Hampton Inn & Suites; l’assiette de Pomegranate; Regency Fairbanks Hotel; River City Café & Expresso; River’s Edge Resort; Santa’s Vagabond Travel; Tanana

Valley Clinic; Westmark Hotel & Conference Center; Yukon Quest; Alpine Lodge & Finish Line Restaurant; Cookie Jar Restaurant; Fudge Pot; North Pole Coffee; Sam’s Club; Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge; Fairbanks SpringHill Suites; Odom Corporation; Tanana Valley American Red Cross; Fairbanks Convention & Visitors Bureau; Marshall Arts Design; Hot Denali Harps; Rebecca Morse and Louise Kowalski.

The 6 p.m. 4K walk/stroll will begin at the Immaculate Conception Church and will route through downtown neighborhoods. Participants will graze and feast on delicacies from Fairbanks’ finest establishments at locations along the course. A start-of-the-summer season “Celebration Station” will greet walkers at the end of the route at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center (MTCVC), with dessert, door prizes, games and live entertainment. Food booths along the route or dessert stations at the end of the walk will be accepted until April 20. 

To participate in the most deliciously fun, charitable event of the year, you can register from April 14 to May 10 online at www.explorefairbanks.com/charity-walk.

Bib pick-up is on Monday, May 10 from noon to 7 pm at the Morris Thompson Cultural and VisitorsCenter. Walkers registered by May 10 are eligible for prizes. Late registration is May 11 through 13 at the MTCVC from 9 am to 4 pm. Late registration on the day of the walk is from 4 to 6 pm at the Immaculate Conception Church parking lot.

Everyone in the community is invited to participate – as individuals, families, business teams, and groups of neighbors – each walker just needs a minimum donation of $25 per adult and $15 per child 6-12, under 5 is free if registering on or before May 10. Late registration is $30/adult and $20/child. The team that raises the most money by Mary 10 will be the first team out of the “grazing gate.” For more information, contact Karen Lane at 459-3758 or klane@explorefairbanks.com. Raising money for a good cause has never been so filling!

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