Hospitality House holds 2nd annual ‘The Long Walk’ fundraiser this Saturday |

Hospitality House holds 2nd annual ‘The Long Walk’ fundraiser this Saturday

What: The Long Walk, a fundraiser for Hospitality House

When: Registration at 9:30 a.m., walk starts at 10:15 a.m. Saturday

Where: Utah’s Place, 1262 Sutton Way, Grass Valley

A 10-foot-tall puppet of Hospitality House co-founder Utah Phillips will bob its way through Grass Valley on Saturday, leading the second annual Long Walk.

The Long Walk, a 1.8-mile trek that starts at the Sutton Way homeless shelter, raises money for Hospitality House.

Organizers want participants to walk in solidarity with the homeless and gain an understanding of what it’s like to walk all day, just as the area’s homeless must do.

“I think we’re going to have a lot of young people at this walk,” said Joanna Robinson, development director of Hospitality House. “It raises their consciousness about poverty.”

People can register beforehand or at the event. The cost is $15 for children up to 17 years old, and $25 for those 18 and older.

Organizers also encourage people to donate to Hospitality House through sponsorships.

People can register online at, and click on “The Long Walk” icon. They can pay with a credit card or through PayPal.

Walkers can start registering on-site at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Utah’s Place, 1262 Sutton Way. The walk, which will take about an hour, starts at 10:15 a.m.

One participant will animate the 10-foot Utah Phillips puppet — the procession’s leader — by walking inside it, a specific design of the creator, Robinson said.

“You can do a lot worse than walking in the footsteps of Utah Phillips,” she added.

The shelter raised about $10,000 from last year’s inaugural walk. This year’s goal is $15,000. The money is used to pay for the homeless shelter’s operations, Robinson said.

A separate fundraiser for Hospitality House — an online Indiegogo campaign — ends Nov. 1.

The organization set a $56,000 goal for the 30-day campaign. The shelter had raised almost $17,000 by Tuesday.

“We’ve definitely changed our expectations,” Robinson said.

The money is earmarked for start-up costs for a shelter thrift store. Robinson said she wants the store, called “Bread & Roses Thrift and More,” to open in January.

No site has been chosen for the thrift store.

Hospitality House decided to open the store after learning it likely would lose a major grant next year.

“We will find the funding,” Robinson said. “The thrift store will be a huge contribution to that. I’m feeling very, very hopeful and very good about where we stand right now.”

People can donate to the crowd-funding effort at

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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