On Saturday, May 16 in Clinton (Hunterdon County), N.J., teams of men age 18 and over will relay in women’s shoes to raise awareness and funds for victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in the third annual Men In Heels Relay. The event is coordinated by volunteers with support from staff of the Hunterdon Health & Wellness Center and Hunterdon Medical Center with proceeds benefitting SAFE in Hunterdon and the women, men and children the organization serves in the county.
The event is free to all spectators. Whether you’re a relayer, sponsor or fan cheering on the sidelines, Men In Heels is about our community coming together to have these important conversations,” said Leanne McGowan, Event Organizer. The Men In Heels Relay is scheduled to take place at 10:00 a.m. on May 16 — rain or shine — at the Hunterdon Health & Wellness Center, located at 1738 Route 31N in Clinton, N.J. Each participant on the all-male teams will be completing a short course of approximately 100 yards total in heeled shoes. 2015 relayers are encouraged to bring their own “sensible” heels, between 2 and 3 inches. Safety and good sportsmanship will be emphasized in this friendly competition, organized in two and three team heats, with the winning team advancing to the next round.Trophies will be awarded to relay finalists and to ‘Most Team Spirit’, ‘Most Creative Outfits’ and ‘Most Donations Raised’ teams. “The Men In Heels Relay was created to address serious issues in a lighthearted way, while giving men a more active role in raising awareness about domestic and sexual violence and their prevention here in our communities,” said McGowan. Returning teams include volunteer coaches from the Hunterdon Lions Track Club [team name: “Hot on Our Heels”], clergymen [“A Higher Power”], and associates of the ShopRite of Hunterdon County stores (Clinton, Flemington, Greenwich (NJ) and Yardley, PA) owned by the Colalillo family [“Victorious Secret,” “Flemington Divas” “Real Men Wear Pink” and new teams for 2015]. According to Tamra Campanella, Administrative Director, Hunterdon Health and Wellness Centers, “Among the new teams for 2015 are the “Thighsman Trophies” from the Center for Advanced Weight Loss and the “Hunterdon Healers” administration and employees of Hunterdon Healthcare.” Individual relayers can be placed on teams with heels to fill and are encouraged to contact organizers throughwww.facebook.com/MenInHeelsRelayFundraiser. Teams are encouraged to raise $500 or more ($100 per team member) and community members will have the opportunity to donate to their favorite relayer(s) and/or team(s) online through May 17th at www.crowdrise.com/MenInHeelsRelay or at the event. Teams, donors, and spectators can mail checks payable to Safe in Hunterdon/MIHR (47 E. Main St., Flemington, NJ) or pay by credit card online at www.crowdrise.com/MenInHeelsRelay. Students from North Hunterdon High School will continue to play an active role in the event, and those interested in volunteering or relaying (18 and over) should contact NHHS coordinators, Julia McGowan or Jasmine Perez, for more information throughwww.facebook.com/MenInHeelsRelayFundraiser.