PALMETTO -- The Manatee County Salvation Army holds its inaugural Shield of Hope 5K Walk Saturday at Emerson Point Preserve.
Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the walk follows at 8 a.m.
"We are so happy we were able to develop this event," Major Dwayne Durham said. "This is a great way for our community supporters to join us in the fight to end homelessness."
Organizers anticipate an estimated 200 walkers.
The more than 100 men, women and children staying in The Salvation Army Red Shield Shelter every night is a sign homelessness remains an issue in Manatee County.
"Our goal is really to raise awareness and support for the issue of homelessness," Durham said. "We need the community to understand that no matter what part of the county you live in, homelessness affects us all."
Registration for the walk is $15 for students and $25 for adults.
All proceeds benefit the homeless prevention and support services of The Salvation Army. For more information, visit www.salvationarmybradenton.org. Or call 941-748-5110.
'Heroes Night Out' Saturday in Lakewood Ranch
LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Myakka City-based Heroes Welcome Home, which helps recently returned veterans achieve home ownership, is hosting its second "Heroes Night Out" fundraiser Saturday at Ed's Tavern in Lakewood Ranch.
The event takes place from 5 p.m. to midnight and includes live music from Wild Root, Xero and The North West, raffle prizes from local vendors and drink specials. All proceeds go toward helping military veterans.
For more info, call 941-812-7983 or visit heroeswelcomehomefl.com.
AMI Democratic Club to meet Oct. 21 for program
ANNA MARIA ISLAND -- The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club will meet for lunch Oct. 21 at the Mannatees Sports Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
The speaker will be Julie Morris, director of conservation for Wildlands Conservation, who will speak on water and land constitutional amendment on the November 2014 ballot.
The program starts at noon.
Lunch is $15 for members and $17 for nonmemners. Reservations are not required.
For more information call club president Harry Kamberis at 941-779-0564.
-- Herald staff report