The monetary goal of the 25th annual event was $25,000 and the donation total so far is $24,175, Stock said Friday.
The money is raised to help families of Ottawa County cover utilities after having received a shut-off notice from their utility company.
There were 285 registered participants at the Feb. 11 event — a number exceeding last year’s participants. More walking teams collected pledges, and more organizations sent walkers than in any other year.
Walkers came from as far away as Muskegon and Grand Rapids. The number of participants include eight from Mary A. White Elementary School in Grand Haven.
On Feb. 10, the West Michigan Academy of Arts and Academics in Ferrysburg held its own Walk For Warmth. It was combined with Reading Day and each student donated at least $1 in order to walk; this year with Clifford the Dog. Typically, the school raises about $450 toward the Walk for Warmth.
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