UPDATE: Mary Kay Walk-A-Thon Moves Indoors

| October 1, 2015 | 0 Comments | Community
Some of the participants at Prince William's 2014 Real Love Walk.

Some of the participants at Prince William’s 2014 Real Love Walk-A-Thon.

Updated, Oct. 1, 11:30 a.m.: 

Due to impending storm, the Real Love Walk-A-Thon will now be held inside at the Freedom and Aquatic Center in Manassas on the George Mason Campus.

The event will still take place on Oct. 2 at 2-4 p.m.

It is $25 to participate and they are taking on-site registrations.

The walk will raise money for those affected by domestic violence and cancer.

If the event keeps you home, event coordinator Carolyn Sammartino said, “Log on to The Mary Kay Foundation website, donate $25, in the comments note: “Real Love Walk,” lace up your shoes, start walking in your home, and Facetime me so we can walk ‘together!'”

Original Story: 

Carolyn Sammartino, independent beauty consultant for Mary Kay, is holding her second annual “Real Love Walk-A-Thon” to raise money to support the Mary Kay Foundation, Sunday, Oct. 4 at 2-4 p.m. at Saunders Middle School track located at 13557 Spriggs Road, Manassas.

“This is my 2nd annual Real Love Walk to benefit our Mary Kay Foundation and I am going to make sure this event goes on forever!” Sammartino said.

The Mary Kay Foundation proudly supports research dedicated to finding cures for cancers that affect women and programs to end domestic violence. The second cause is especially personal to Sammartino, a Woodbridge resident, who felt she had to do something to contribute.

“As a child I was a victim of domestic violence at the hands of my mom. After much prayer and a determination to dig deep for the courage I needed, I decided to speak out. I have recently spoken at a women’s retreat in Nashville, Tennessee and a youth group here in Woodbridge, Virginia,” Sammartino said.

In addition to speaking at retreats, youth groups, daily substitute teaching at Woodbridge Senior High School and tutoring Math to teens seeking their GED, Sammartino also volunteers with ACTS (Action in the Community Through Service) in Dumfries, Virginia, working with young children affected by domestic violence in their homes.

The Real Love Walk-A-Thon was one more way she wanted to help the victims of domestic violence and participate as an active member of her Prince William community.

“My dream for quite a few years has been to organize a walk in my area to support The Mary Kay Foundation,” she said.

Last year’s Real Love Walk-A-Thon was a great success. Along with the help of her Mary Kay director friends, Sammartino raised $3,000 for the Mary Kay Foundation, making her one of the top 25 fundraisers in the country.

This year, Dotty Larson, ACTS Director for Turning Points, will again attend the walk. She will be handing out pamphlets and brochures providing general information to help those affected by domestic violence.

The walk is also awarding a Breast Cancer Awareness bracelet designed by Terry Quinn of Quinn’s Goldsmith in Occoquan to one lucky walker.

This year, Sammartino is also inviting corporate sponsorships, costing between $50-$100.

Preregistration for the race ends Sept. 16. It is $25 to secure a t-shirt. To register email carolyn.sammartino@gmail.com. Sammartino’s contact info is also available through her Mary Kay website, http://www.marykay.com/csammartino.

Real Love Registration Form 2015

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