Over 1000 Expected at Hike for Homeless Saturday, April 28, 2012 Press Briefing/ Photo Opp Today - Tuesday, 4/24, 10 AM to 12 Noon, Society of St. Vincent de Paul

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The Society of St. Vincent de Paul will hold a Press Briefing at 10 AM with interview availability through noon about its "Hike for the Homeless" in Griffith Park planned for this Saturday, April 28. Experts will be on hand to talk about homelessness in LA, the Cardinal Manning Shelter on Skid Row and how the hike will benefit those most in need. Society of St. Vincent de Paul is located at 210 N Avenue 21, Los Angeles 90031

WHO:        
1,000 hikers, Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Actor/Producer Vincent de Paul, community leaders, Cardinal Manning Center staff and volunteers

WHAT:    
Hike for the Homeless, second annual hike to raise money to help homeless families on Skid Row and East Hollywood through the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Cardinal Manning Center and Hollywood Family Housing Project.

WHEN:
Tuesday, April 24, 10:30 AM, Advance Media Briefing at St. Vincent de Paul Center and Store in Lincoln Heights, 210 N Avenue 21, Los Angeles, photo opps and homeless experts available 10-11:45 AM

Saturday, April 28 Hike for Homeless in Griffith Park, 8 AM at Merry Go Round Parking Lot (off Los Feliz Blvd)

WHERE:

  • Phone interviews available now for advance stories.
  • Media Briefing on Tuesday, April 24, St. Vincent de Paul Center and Store (world’s largest thrift store)
  • Hike for Homeless on Saturday, April 28, Kicking Off at 8 AM, from Merry Go Round Parking Lot in Griffith Park and return, choices of easy and difficult hikes.

WHY:
Los Angeles leads the nation in the number of homeless people living on the streets. Health and safety issues for the homeless concern all Southern California residents. Founded in Paris and serving Los Angeles residents for over 100 years, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, one of the world’s largest organizations dedicated to serving the poor, is raising funds to serve those families most impacted by the economic slowdown and related housing crisis. David Fields, Executive Director of the Society, formerly homeless residents of Cardinal Manning Center and transitional housing (from the street to independent living) experts will be available for interviews.

HOW:
Hikers and donors should visit http://www.hike4thehomeless.com

Media should contact Ashley Moreno of People Media for more information or to book interviews (213) 674-4346 x 221 or amoreno@peoplemediagroup.com

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