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StepALIVE! Walkathon Raises Over $69K, Surpassing Fundraiser Goal

Lisa Clausen and Sally Gardner of Fairlington United Methodist Church walking in support of StepALIVE! (Courtesy photo)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The 2020 StepALIVE! Walkathon was a resounding success. Held from Sept.11-13, the event, at press time, has raised $69,685. The fundraiser’s goal was $60,000.

“StepALIVE! was an important event for us this year. We are extremely grateful for our Alexandria community as we exceeded our goal,” said ALIVE! Executive Director Jennifer Ayers. “We’re pleased so many of our member congregations encouraged socially distanced walking. It was great to see how many people care about what we do and are willing to raise visibility by wearing their t-shirts and [taking] photos.”

For the last 39 years, the StepALIVE! Walkathon has supported every ALIVE! program, which helps Alexandrians in need, including homeless families and individuals.

In a recent press release, ALIVE! announced event winners. Each group listed below received masks sporting the StepALIVE! logo.

Graphic: The Zebra Press


Congregation with the Most Dollars Raised and Recipient of the Congregational Cup

Team St Joseph raised $3,758.70

 Congregation with the Largest Team

Team Fairlington with 47 members

Community Group with the Most Dollars Raised

National Charity League, Port City Chapter raised $1,750.70

Community Group with the Largest Team

National Charity League, Port City Chapter with 50 members

Dr. Julie Train and Del Ray Smiles team did four miles running the virtual Alive Walkathon with Gayle Reuter brownies and melon as inspirational rewards. (Courtesy photo)



Christ Church

Churches of S. Washington St.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

OPMH Super Walk Team

Resurrection Walkers

Community Groups

Cameron Station Marchers

United to Help Our Neighbors

94-year-old Lee Bolger, mother of Sally Gardner at Fairlington United Methodist Church, walking for ALIVE! (Courtesy photo)


Winners were determined as of midnight, Sept. 13. ALIVE! has assisted those in need in the Alexandria community for more than 50 years. The StepALIVE! website informs visitors that “assistance has become more vital than ever during this coronavirus pandemic.”

Due to the pandemic, this year’s event took place virtually. Participants, wearing masks and event t-shirts, walked in locations of their choice. They could also walk a distance of their choosing. ALIVE! asked that groups post their pictures on ALIVE!’s social media accounts as a way to show solidarity.


Want to donate to ALIVE! and help your fellow Alexandrians? To contribute financially, click HERE. To give items, click HERE.

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Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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