GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.
The fourth annual Men in Heels race will go on, despite the devastating theft of more than 100 pairs of heels in late spring.
The event is put on by the Latimer House, a local nonprofit that helps victims of domestic violence.
Officials say community members stepped right in, pitching in to help replace the heels. Brown's Shoes also joined the efforts, donating about 18 pairs.
The Latimer House did have to purchase some of the large-sized heels, but was able to get a discount. While they have not replaced all the shoes, there are enough for the race.
Jennifer Allen, fundraising coordinator at the Latimer House, said, "The community is really giving and they are very supportive of the work we do here at Latimer House. It's just made us feel that we do live in a great community that supports it and wants to make a difference. The people in this community really do care about making this a better community for everybody to live in."
Eighteen teams will be competing at this year's event, breaking last year's total of 12.
The race will be Sept. 19 at 5:30 p.m. in Downtown Grand Junction.
Fundraising efforts are ongoing.
Folks interested can donate:
- At the event
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- At the Latimer House: 1003 Main St.