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Updated: 03/23/2014 08:00:01AM

Large crowd walks to help local organizations

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SUN PHOTO BY ANNE KLOCKENKEMPER, annek@sun-herald.com

Jennifer Kinney and her daughter, Aaliyah, 6, walking to raise money for Children First, are the first walkers through a starting line created by North Port Girl Scouts Saturday at the fourth annual North Port Walk-A-Thon, held at Dallas White Park. Twenty-eight teams and about 250 people turned out for the event, a fundraiser for both the United Way of South Sarasota County and other organizations in the city.

SUN PHOTO BY ANNE KLOCKENKEMPER, annek@sun-herald.com

Ashley DePalma, a member of the Army National Guard, carries a 35-pound pack on her back during the four-mile walk. She promised to carry the pack in exchange for donations.

SUN PHOTO BY ANNE KLOCKENKEMPER, annek@sun-herald.com

Diane and Bob Roth check in to walk for the YMCA at the Walk-A-Thon Saturday.

SUN PHOTO BY ANNE KLOCKENKEMPER, annek@sun-herald.com

Members of the Atwater Elementry School team pose for a photo before the walk begins.

By ANNE KLOCKENKEMPER

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NORTH PORT — There were so many participants signed up for this year’s North Port Walk-A-Thon that organizers had to order extra T-shirts.

The fourth annual event, held Saturday morning at Dallas White Park and sponsored by the United Way of South Sarasota County, allows organizations and non-profits to raise money through team and individual sponsorships. Teams can either donate all the money to the UWSSC or split the money and give half to the charity of their choice.

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