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Visitor Industry Charity Walk Means Food, Fun and Philanthropy

Annual event raises money for Alaska charities during a 5K graze

Anchorage, Alaska – May 7, 2013 – Sample some of the best food Anchorage has to offer, burn calories and raise money for Alaska charities during the 14th annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk Friday, May 10, 2013.

Also known as the “5K Buffet,” walkers start at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center at 6 p.m. then travel through downtown Anchorage, stopping for tasty snacks at food stations along the route. The 5K event winds up back at the Dena’ina Center for the grand finale featuring dessert, live entertainment, a beer and wine garden, kids activities and prize drawings. Whether taking part as an individual or a team, participants are raising money to support dozens of Alaska charities.

The Visitor Industry Charity Walk was established in 2000 to raise awareness about the many ways in which Anchorage’s tourism industry gives back to the community, while providing a fun way for charities to raise funds for their causes. The event also coincides with National Travel and Tourism Week, a weeklong recognition of travel’s local contributions and the economic benefits of travel in the United States.

Since the first walk, the visitor industry-hosted event has raised more than $1.1 million for Alaska charities, with tens of thousands of walkers raising funds for their causes. Teams that raise $500 or more can choose which charity gets the funds raised. In-person registration is still available day of the event at the start of the walk in the Dena’ina Center lobby. For more information, visit www.anchorage.net/charitywalk.

Visit Anchorage’s mission is to attract and serve visitors to the Municipality of Anchorage while building and diversifying the Anchorage economy. Visit Anchorage’s marketing functions are funded by one-third of the bed tax collected by lodging facilities. One-third goes to the Municipality’s general fund, and one-third to service the bond debt and operations of the Anchorage Convention Centers. Visit Anchorage receives no state or federal funds. Visit www.Anchorage.net for more information.

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