From left: Sweetwater Mayor Doyle Lowe, Madisonville Mayor Glenn Moser, Branches of Monroe
founder Denise Hill, Vonore Mayor Larry Summey and Monroe County Tim Yates show off the
high heels they will wear when "they walk a mile in her shoes." The group gathered together to
promote a domestic abuse awareness event slated for Oct. 12.
|Published: 9:02 AM, 09/18/2013
||Last updated: 9:03 AM, 09/18/2013
Author: Elizabeth Bowers
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
Walking a mile to raise money for
a cause is nothing new; many organizations and causes hold fundraisers and benefits where
participants walk to find a cure, to help a charity, or to raise money for groups or individuals
who need it. It is not so common, however, for these walks to be done by men wearing women's
This twist to the classic walking benefit is not just
for the amusement of all of the women watching or participating, however. Branches of Monroe
County, Inc. has a unique vision for this event, hoping that through this exercise, men will be
able to literally and figuratively put themselves in a woman's shoes as the organization strives to
raise money for their new domestic violence shelter, which has been anticipated to open summer of
And it makes sense. After all, the old idiom says
that you won't truly understand another person until you have walked a mile in their shoes. In most
cases, this little proverb is interpreted figuratively, saying that until you look at a situation
in another person's perspective, you will never understand them or what they are going through. In
taking it literally, however, Branches will be able to raise money for their shelter while
simultaneously teaching a valuable lesson to the people attending the fundraiser. Men will not be
the only ones to walk the mile- women and children are welcome to walk for the cause, too. Branches
also understands that there might be cases where a man wants to walk, but because of health
problems, he might not be able to physically walk a mile in high heels.
Branches founder Denise Hill acknowledged this possibility, and she has
a backup plan.
"We know that some men won't be able to wear
high heels," she said, "We will accessorize them. The point is that they are putting themselves in
a woman's place."
The event will take place at Hiwassee
College on Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is $25 to register, and registration will begin at 9
a.m. The walk itself will start at 10 a.m.
Along with the
walk, the event will also feature fun and exciting activities for the whole family: a chili
cook-off, a motorcycle benefit ride, children's activities, a live D.J., door prizes, a cake
auction, and emergency vehicles on display. There will also be arts and crafts as well as food
vendors, and there are still vendor slots open.
See full story in the Wednesday, Sept. 18, edition of The Advocate
Subscribe to The Advocate and Democrat by clicking SUBSCRIBE.
Sign up for Breaking News emails from The Advocate and Democrat by clicking EMAIL ALERTS and inputting
your email address next to "Add Me" near the top left corner.