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Walk for Life Raises More Than $7,500 for Fresh Start


Fresh Start Pregnancy Resource Center held a Walk for Life on Saturday, April 15, at Janssen Park and raised more than $7,500 that will benefit expectant mothers and fathers with a variety of resources at the center.

To raise money for the event, registered participants asked for pledges from family, friends, and businesses, and then walked two miles the day of the event. In total, the pledges garnered $7,732.25. Candace Riner, Interim Director for Fresh Start, and lead organizer of the event, said, “We are grateful for the overwhelming support from our sponsors and those who walked and gathered pledges for our first Walk for Life. I want to thank each participant and the businesses and organizations who gave to life and to support the ongoing work of Fresh Start Pregnancy Resource Center in Mena.”

A traveling trophy was awarded to the church who gathered the most donations. This year’s trophy went to Mena First Baptist Church for raising $2,024.20. Grace Bible Church came in second for $560 and The Crossing Raised $390, coming in third.

Top Individuals were Connie Beck with $1,500; Pam Pena (FBC Mena Team) with $1,105; and Janice Shull (Grace Bible Church Team) with $500.

Fresh Start hopes to make the walk an annual event. For more information on Fresh Start, visit their location at 1308 Hwy. 71 North in Mena, or go online to Office hours for Fresh Start are Monday – Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., closed Friday – Sunday.


Logan Lind, along with his wife Whitney, shared their story of benefitting from Fresh Start’s programs. Lind also performed his music while participants walked for life.
State Representative John Maddox spoke of the legislative changes that were made in the first session of the Arkansas General Assembly in 2017 that represent pro-life values.
Brittany Presson and Candace Riner led the Walk for Life that circled Janssen Park and took participants on a two-mile journey for life.
Walkers took their first steps of the first annual Walk for Life held in Janssen Park on Saturday, April 15, 2017. The Walk was sponsored by Fresh Start Pregnancy Resource Center in Mena and fundraising efforts led to more than $7,700 worth of donations.

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