BRADENTON, FL (Oct. 6, 2014) – After a six-month trek from the foothills of Georgia to the chilly peaks of Maine, Parrish resident Steve Adams has returned home having conquered Mt. Katahdin and the entire 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail.
Adams set out on the Trail in late March and hiked for six straight months before topping Katahdin in late September. Along the way he encountered hunger, fatigue, a dangerous dog bite and several treacherous falls. But he persevered, knowing that his hike would benefit a great cause: Adams challenged friends, family, online followers and Family Partnership Center supporters to pledge one penny ($20/donor) or one nickel ($100/donor) per mile hiked. Proceeds from The Last 2,000 miles challenge benefit Family Partnership Center.
Adams’ hike has raised nearly $5,600 for FPC, and helped raise awareness of the local-non profit throughout the country according to FPC Executive Director Katrina Bellemare.
“What an incredible accomplishment,” Bellemare said. “We’re so, so proud of Steve but we’re even more thrilled to have him back home. He’s such a great advocate for the Family Partnership Center.”
Adams will give a first-hand account of his adventure on Thursday during “Wine, Cheese and Steve,” a casual evening event from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 309 10th Street W., Bradenton. Tickets are $15. Hampton Inn & Suites, PRP Wine International and Publix Super Markets, Inc. are sponsoring the event.
“I’ll be telling a story about the world’s unluckiest hiker and as to the thrill of the hike,” Adams says about Thursday’s event. “Every day, I woke to the anticipation of another extraordinary day and was rarely, if ever, disappointed.”
Family Partnership Center is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to serving families in Manatee, Sarasota and DeSoto counties by offering in-home parenting services, community-based groups, classes and workshops. FPC delivers programs that foster the effective parenting of children and youth. Its programs are free to parents and caregivers and are offered daytime and evenings, many with free childcare.