• Dick's Drive-In walk-a-thon raises $11,800 in charity fundraiser

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff


    Dozens of people are expected to walk to all the Seattle Dick’s Drive-In locations as part of an eighth-annual fundraiser for local charities.

    This year’s event, which had a $25 sign-up fee, benefits Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Dick’s and Gravity Payments plan to match all donations up to $5,000. 

    The walk starts at 10 a.m. in Lake City, then goes to the Holman Road location, then over to Wallingford, then to Queen Anne and finishes on Capitol Hill at 4 p.m. The walk is followed by a Infinity Music Series with Seattle artist Scarlet Parke.

    “This year we hope to have even more participants and raise even more money for Fred Hutch, an organization doing amazing work in the community,” organizer Lars Phillips said.

    The walk is roughly 14.5 miles to all locations, though organizers are invited to do only part of the walk if they prefer. Legs range from 2 miles to 4.3 miles. 

    This is the first year that the walk will be abbreviated; previous Walk-a-Thons were a 22-mile quest starting at the Edmonds location.

    The Dick’s Walk-a-Thon started in 2011 when Phillips and friend J.P. Osseward had the idea for the trek. 

    It was started “on a whim because we thought it would be a fun idea and the Spady family agreed to meet with us,” Phillips said. “What started as just two of us, has grown into an event that in the last two years alone, has drawn over 100 people and raised over $20,000 for local area charities.”

    The event, which gained support from Dick’s staff, raised about $1,000 in the first year. That doubled the following year, and after Dick’s and Gravity Payments matched all contributions donated to Change for Charity on the 2016 walk day participants raised $11,637.

    “It’s been huge for us,” Compass Housing Alliance Executive Director Janet Pope said in 2017 of the donations form Dick’s Change for Charity and the previous Walk-a-Thons. 

    Other charities that benefited from the Walk-a-Thon in previous years include Mary’s Place, Cocoon House, First Place School, FareStart Job Training, Operation Nightwatch, the St. Martin de Porres Shelter, and Rising Out of the Shadows (ROOTS).  

    The Dick’s Walk-a-Thon signup link is here, and participants also get a T-shirt. Organizers say people also can join the day of the walk.

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