Men wearing four-inch heels begin the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,” a major fundraiser for the Lily Pad Sexual Assault Center, at Deerfield-Windsor School track on Saturday morning. The fastest finisher of the event was Brad Futia, who managed to complete the four quarter-mile laps in seven-and-a-half minutes.
ALBANY, Ga. — Tough-as-nails men slipped into women’s red 4-inch heels to “Walk a Mile in her Shoes” raising money for the Lily Pad Sexual Assault Center at 9 a.m. Saturday.
By the end of the mile run, walk (and stumble) at Deerfield-Windsor School’s track, nearly every one of the 65 men flipped off the shoes and grimaced in pain.
“We haven’t got a final total yet,” said Cheryl Kaiser, a Lily Pad official, “but we have more than $20,000 raised.”
That includes the money placed into jars to vote for what announcer Bert Gregory, a former Albany attorney who now practices in Dooly County, called “frighteningly sexy” legs at the event. Voted the man with the sexiest legs, Kris Kavanaugh said, “I feel great. This is what I always dreamed of.”
Ever radiant in less makeup than at other races, Porsche D’Lite (aka Andy Martin), a previous sexiest legs winner, didn’t look hurt by the fact that he had not won the legs trophy this year. It may have hurt, however, when Gregory called D’Lite’s black dress a Paula Deen cast off.
Taking off his red heels, Brad Futia had been one of the few to run during the entire race. He won the red-spike-heel-shoe-topped trophy for being the first man across the finish line.
“Seven minutes, 30 seconds, that’s pretty good for a mile in high heels,” Futia said. “My toes are numb, but life is good.”
The third trophy went to Brad Ulrey for raising $1,135 for the event. The red high-heel walk is one of two major fundraisers for the Lily Pad held each year.
Lily Pad provides comprehensive care to sexual assault and child abuse victims and their families. A 501(c)3 non-profit, it serves as the umbrella organization to four programs: Firefly House Children’s Advocacy Center; The Boren Center for Sexual Assault, Dougherty CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for children), and Child Visitation.
While nearly 70 percent of its funding comes through grants, the organization also depends on local fundraisers and donations to help fund its service victims.
To help the men with victimized feet, Wil Carpenter, dressed for his walk in an Easter- parade-yellow dress and reddish-blond bouffant wig, put his staff from Wil Power Massage Therapy to work massaging the walk participants’ feet.
Happily getting a foot massage, Melvin Downs, of the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office team, shouted to Anthony Crimbley, a teammate still walking on the track: “Four times, you got me into this, so you better go round four times for the mile.”
The mile provided fun for the families of the men involved as pictures were taken and laughter was frequently heard.