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POSTED: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 10:39am

UPDATED: Sunday, November 6, 2011 - 8:19am

EL PASO- It'll be an interesting sight to say the least. A fundraiser in downtown El Paso will have gentlemen leaving their nice, flat comfy shoes behind and trading them in for some heels.

"Walk a mile in her shoes" drew up to 200 men last year and organizers are hoping more will man up this year and take part.  "It takes a real man to wear red, patent leather high heels but that's the whole point and that's the fun part of walking a mile in her shoes," said Erik Baray, who participated last year.

The fun fundraiser for a serious subject is headed to downtown El Paso for the second year in a row.  "The purpose of the event is to raise awareness about sexual assault and gender violence," said YWCA El Paso Del Norte Region CEO Dr. Sandra Braham.

The YWCA El Paso Del Norte Region is behind the fundraiser. Dr. Sandra Braham says last year up to 200 men showed up with plenty of company.

"To see them put on three-inch stilettos and walk is great. And their family, their wives, their children come out and cheer them on," said Dr. Braham.

Erik Baray participated in the event last year and he says he plans to walk again this year.  "It’s really not that bad. You go around the block. You have your buddies with you, prominent men in the community. So you're all doing it as a team together," said Baray.

The four-block walk, which starts in front of The Garden, is expected to take 15 minutes.  "We don’t' want any cheaters to have any sandals, flip flops. It does have to be an elevated women's shoe," said Baray.

Of course there are a few men down during the event.  "Of course when a guy's down, you wanna help him up. It's really fun," said Baray.

And the event doesn't end after the walk.  "We’re going to have a fantastic after party. We're going to have a reception at The Garden. Fun, music and entertainment, foot massage for you guys out there who are walking," said Baray.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes starts off at The Garden. It’s located at 511 Western. Registration and check in is at 5:00 p.m. The walk begins at 5:30. The party starts after the block and is expected to last until 7:30 p.m. The cost to register is $20 and you have to provide your own shoes.

For information on registering for the event, visit www.raceadventuresunlimited.com and for more information on YWCA visit www.ywcaelpaso.org
 

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Creative ways of being socially thought provoking and bringing people together can only bring about good.
Research is a good concept, but in the meantime, violence doesn't take a break. Activism is a way for for friends and loved ones to participate in making people think. Gender violence of any kind is absolutely not okay. Hats off to the men who participated and publicly took a stand for the women in their lives. You made us all proud. And THAT'S NOT NONSENSE!

yeah...i guess the thousands of $$$$$ they raised in the process was nonsense as well huh fballest? Educate yourself before you assume that its just a group of guys walking in heels. Its a great cause that raised tons of money and awareness...

This kind of nonsense only serves to undermine an otherwise worthy cause. Instead of wearing 'high-heels', the participants should conduct research and present their findings along with recommendations to successfully bring an end to this problem.

They raised a lot of money that will go to aiding the cause directly. These are regular men donating money and taking a stance. The money comes along with also the powerful symbolism of support. One could argue that all the research done is worthless without implementation. Actions speak louder than words. I am very proud of my dad for participating in this march 2 years straight. It's not nonsense.

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