Every year, crowds of men and women slip on heels and get done up to walk the streets of downtown Tacoma to raise awareness of sexual violence.
On Friday, more than 100 people joined the 10th annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes rally.
The Sexual Assault Center for Pierce County hoped to raise $40,000 through the event. The center’s website showed it had raised $17,878 by 1 p.m.
The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office was listed as the top fundraising team, raking in $2,668.
“The Sexual Assault Center does such great work for the community, we are willing to commit fashion crimes for the cause,” Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said.
At least three deputy prosecutors donned dresses and heels for the walk. One of them, Scott Peters, brought in $1,625 and was listed as the second most successful raiser of funds.
Stephen Mauer, director of security for Western State Hospital, raised the most with $2,935.
Gig Harbor Police Chief Kelly Busey joined the action, donning bright red high heels and a leopard print dress while carrying hot pink handcuffs. He collected $1,010 for the cause, placing him in the top five.
The walk started at the Washington State History Museum, where participants could grab tutus and heels from bins in the anteroom. It continued down Pacific Avenue.
“I tried out the heels but found out I wasn’t as agile,” said Staff Sgt. Brady Kornelis, of the 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Regiment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Kornelis settled on flat sandals to go with the pink, red and orange number he got from big brown cardboard boxes.
Doug Dickinson, a 20-year resident of Tacoma, pulled on a rather short pink frilly skirt over his black leather biker chaps to match a 3-inch pair of heels. He soaked in the applause from the crowd with a laugh.
“This is a great cause,” he said, explaining he has participated in the event for six years.