Morrill Hall Resident Association is sponsoring Walk America to benefit

the March of Dimes this weekend.

Walk America will be held April 26 at 2 p.m. at the Agricultural campus.

March of Dimes is an organization that provides funding for medical research,

polio vaccines and children's surgeries.

Since its beginning in 1970, Walk America has raised more than $970 million

to improve the health of babies.

"Anybody can get involved," said Trillia Reed, executive representative

for MHRA. "I encourage everybody to get involved. It is for such a

good cause, and I am really excited and thankful to those that are participating."

Individuals and other residence hall associations may get involved by

sponsoring a group of walkers or donating money. Many different companies,

organizations and other individuals participate in the walk; 13 million

people are involved as workers, sponsors and volunteers across the nation.

Many people organize teams, which can consist of five to 10,000 people.

"Our goal is to raise as much money as possible and to get at least

40 people to walk," Reed said.

To raise money for the walk, MHRA is auctioning an Adidas UT sports jacket

worth $70, donated by Sport Seasons. The March of Dimes is also giving away

team awards as well as individual prizes, and MHRA is donating two prizes.

Individuals raising $75 receive a Walk America T-shirt; $250, a Walk

America sweatshirt; $500, an umbrella; $1,000, a briefcase; $3,000, a 19-inch

television; and $5,000, a gas grill. MHRA will give two perfume/cologne

baskets, donated by Dillard's at Knoxville Center.

Individuals also have the opportunity to walk away with a Smokey Mountain

getaway package; a six-month membership at National Fitness Center and a

$300 Kroger gift certificate; and brunch for two at Brookhaven Farms, 400

minutes of airtime and 60-days use of a U.S. Cellular phone.

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