GRIP’s 37th annual Harmony Walk to end hunger and homelessness brings the community of Richmond together at Nicholl Park on October 28th, 2023. Harmony Walk registration is on sale now for $37 and the earlier you register, the better!
The Greater Richmond Interfaith Program’s most high-profile event is not just a fundraiser, but a chance to connect with the community and those working within it. Join the walk at 9:30 a.m. sharp to tour GRIP’s facilities, from the garden to the playground to the kitchen, to see how GRIP offers new and innovative services to care for our society’s most vulnerable, and prevent recurring homelessness.
The festivities continue at Nicholl Park as KTVU 2 anchor Roberta Gonzales emcees and welcomes dignitaries, local musical groups, and GRIP leaders to the stage. The San Francisco Chronicle’s Kevin Fagan will share his experience living as a homeless person unhoused during award-winning reporting that is now the basis of an eye-opening book telling the stories of the streets.
Carolyne Christine Magia joins us for the second year in a row, accompanied by pianist Debbie Grisso to sing “Memories” along with the Bell’ Aria Flute Trio ensemble, led by Ellen DeCarlo from Hope Lutheran Church. Another member congregation, Christ Lutheran, brings the juggling expertise of Elsa-Jennie Bliss to the stage for the second year in a row.
While you’re listening and watching, be sure to visit Curbside Kitchen’s food truck, a perfect Bay Area fusion of Filipino and American ideas melded into a menu of signature burgers and banh mi.
The first 100 registrants will also enjoy free Humphrey Slocombe’s Ice Cream, or buy more! We all scream for ice cream with flavors screaming of Bay Area gourmet, like Secret Breakfast, Black Sesame, and Machadoodle.
For the children and the young at heart, we’ve got you covered with the Bouncy House, of course; plus, the West Coast Chess Alliance is bringing their giant lawn chess set for life-size games. (Remember Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets? We promise, though, no pieces will explode.) And, the Richmond Art Center has crafts and art for kids at their booth.
ART AT HARMONY WALK
Art is a big theme. We’ll be giving away 100 collectors’ edition tote bags to the first registrants, featuring our Bay Area Mural Program’s mural design from the shelter, created by Rachel Wolfe-Goldsmith, and now yours thanks to support from Richmond’s own Leftside Printing.
Complete List of Registrant Gifts
• Free Humphry Slocombe ice cream for the first 100 people
• Collectible and commemorative mural tote bag while supplies last
• 2023 Harmony Walk T-shirt
• Raffle tickets
The raffle prizes, begun in 2022, now continue in 2023 with a grand prize of two tickets to Disneyland, along with countless other gift packs. Raffle tickets are included with every registration, and you can buy more to up your odds. By registering online, you’ll receive 4 extra raffle tickets. Be sure to stock up before the grand prize is given away!
This year’s Raffle Prizes include:
• Passes for two to Disneyland
• Lunch with Executive Directory Ralph Payton at San Francisco’s exclusive Battery Club
• A backpack and store passes from Columbia Sportswear
• A bike from The Pedaler Bike Shop
• San Francisco Chronicle gift bags
• A gift certificate to La Strada Italian Restaurant, Pinole
• A gift certificate to Baltic Kiss restaurant, Point Richmond
• A gift certificate to Los Moles Mexican restaurant, El Cerrito
• Custom T-shirts or other personalized items from Leftside Printing
• 5 free classes at Orange Theory Fitness
Learn more about our community and programs in it at the community booths.
El Cerrito Trail Trekkers: The El Cerrito Trail Trekkers formed in order to build, maintain, publicize and use the little-known urban trails of El Cerrito, California. Learn about secret trails and stairways up the hills above San Pablo Avenue.
BAART Programs: Learn how BAART is helping people recover from opioid addiction in Richmond.
Center for Elders independence: CEI helps frail seniors in the SF East Bay area live at home instead of in nursing homes, supporting medical, social, emotional and financial health.
East Bay Municipal Utility District: Learn about 100 years of delivering drinking water, including new “Water Walks” at our scenic reservoirs and breathtaking watersheds.
Healthcare For All CA: Dedicated to achieving universal health care through single-payer public financing.
JPMorgan Chase: Serving millions of customers, clients and communities in 100+ global markets with 200 years of service, integrity and growth.
Richmond Building Trades (Labor Council): The mission of the Contra Costa Labor Council is to improve the lives of workers, their families, and our community – to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to the nation.
Lifelong Medical: Serving the Bay Area for more than 45 years, providing health services for all ages.
Orange Theory Fitness: Heart-rate based cardio and strength training.
Point Molate Alliance: Working to preserve and protect the ecological and historic region north of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.
Rebuilding Together: A national nonprofit in safe and healthy housing with more than 40 years of experience.
The Harmony Walk is only possible thanks to the generous support of our donors and sponsors.
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