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The Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community began as a way for non-profit organizations to work synergistically to raise funds to support their community mission. In addition, the event allows Highmark to streamline corporate donations and filter the multiple requests to sponsor local walks each year.
The concept of pulling organizations together in one big walk is a way for Highmark to underwrite the event and make a major impact in the community.
The inaugural Walk for a Healthy Community took place in Pittsburgh, in 2003, and raised more than $25,000 for eight nonprofit organizations. Additional walks have since been added in Bethlehem, Erie, Harrisburg and Johnstown. Through 2012, the events have raised more than 5.5 million dollars for 200 nonprofit organizations across the state.