Show-Me Cosmos to hold 'Walktoberfest' diabetes fundraiser Sunday

Saturday, October 15, 2011 | 4:35 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Show-Me Cosmopolitan Club will hold its sixth annual Walktoberfest on Sunday to raise money for the Cosmopolitan International Diabetes Center at University Hospital.

Registration will start at 1:15 p.m. at the Burford Shelter in Cosmopolitan Park at 1615 Business Loop 70 W. The walk begins at 2 p.m., and participants will walk the one-mile trail around the park together.

“It’s a nice, leisurely walk," Judy Weitkemper, the event coordinator, said. "People can bring their pets with them, too."

Weitkemper said all money raised through the walk will go to the diabetes center for outreach, education and supplies for children and adults.

“We do it to have fun and raise funds that will stay locally for our diabetes center," Weitkemper said.

The walk used to be a collaboration of the club and the American Diabetes Association, she said.

“But those funds that were raised here no longer stayed in the mid-Missouri area, so we decided to just do our own walk,” she said.

The club organized this year’s walk in memory of Fran Koepke, who died in December. She was a long-time member of the club and an activist in raising awareness and funds to fight diabetes.

Attendance of Walktoberfest has been about 70 people in past years. Weitkemper said the club welcomes anyone to walk or help with the fundraiser. Club members will bring food and drinks.

For more information and to sign up, call Judy Weitkemper at 442-0271.

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