The Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community is an annual fundraising walk that benefits local health and human service agencies.
Highmark Inc. coordinates and underwrites the cost of the walk so that 100 percent of the money raised by walkers goes to the participating nonprofits.
The primary goal of the Walk is to help participating organizations raise money for their individual missions. The secondary goal of the Walk is to energize community members to have a greater hand in their health by becoming or staying physically active.
The inaugural Walk for a Healthy Community took place in Pittsburgh in 2003 and raised more than $25,000 for eight nonprofit organizations.
Since then, additional walks have been added in Lehigh Valley, Erie, Harrisburg, Laurel Highlands (Johnstown / Altoona), Northeastern Pennsylvania (Scranton/Wilkes Barre), and Wilmington, Delaware.
Through 2020, the events have raised nearly 16 million for over five hundred nonprofits across the states. The all-time event record was set in 2018, with $1.507 million raised.
Out of an abundance of caution and for the protection and safety of our Walk participants and volunteers, the 2021 Highmark Walks for a Healthy Community will be an online only fundraiser and virtual walk again this year.