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The Walk As One event returns to Chicago this year, with ESPN 1000 and Bernie’s Book Bank joining forces. This is the second take on the event as ESPN 1000 host David Kaplan walks alongside Bernie’s Book Bank CEO Darrin Utynek 24 miles, raising awareness and donating for Bernie’s Book Bank. The festivities are scheduled for Thursday, September 23 throughout the city of Chicago.

The duo hit several landmarks along the way, including Guaranteed Rate Field, United Center and other Chicago stadiums. Last year the event raised over $ 95,000 from approximately 350 donors and this year the goal is to raise over $ 300,000.

“Building a partnership with David Kaplan, Good Karma Brands, ESPN 1000 and Bernie’s Book Bank has had a huge impact on our mission and the children we serve with quality free books. We are grateful to David for coming up with this innovative idea to unite Chicago and support our work to resolve the literacy crisis, ”said Darrin Utynek, CEO of Bernie’s Book Bank in a press release.

This is another example of Chicago sports radio talent leveraging its platform for the greater good. Danny Parkins of 670 The Score helped raise $ 660,000 for a non-profit supermarket last month. Now his rival in town is there.

“What Kap and Darrin Utynek were able to do last year, during a pandemic, to help underserved children in Chicago was amazing. We are excited to partner with Bernie’s Book Bank again this year to make this fundraiser even more important and to help more children. The new route to go through all the stadiums is really great, ”said Mike Thomas, ESPN Chicago market manager.

This year’s event added incentives for people willing to help a great cause. The first 50 fans who sign up and pledge to raise $ 1,000 can walk alongside Kap and Darrin this year. A unique way to experience a day in the Windy City.


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