David Kaplan’s walk to unite Chicago benefitting Bernie’s Book Bank.

While you may know David Kaplan as host of Kap & J. Hood on ESPN Chicago he is also a valued supporter of Bernie’s Book Bank. Understanding 2020 was a difficult year, David decided he wanted to do something to bring a hope and unity during these unprecedented times. Thus, Walk as One Chicago was born! On September 29th, 2020, Darrin Utynek, CEO of Bernie’s Book Bank joined David for a 29 mile walk from Ohio St. Beach in Chicago to Jens Jensen Park to raise awareness and support for Bernie’s Book Bank. The goal was to raise $87,000 to sponsor 29 schools. They’ve EXCEEDED the goal with $90,000+ in donations in 2020!

Mark your calendar, the 2021 Walk As One Chicago will be Thursday, September 23rd!

This year, the event on September 23rd will be open to walkers! Participants will walk 24 miles from the United Center to Northwestern University alongside David and Darrin to provide free quality books for local children. Every walker commits to raising $1,000 for Bernie’s Book Bank. Walker registration is now open, and spots are extremely limited. Registration for walkers opens on July 13th.

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Want to support Walk As One, but don’t want to walk 24 miles? We’ll soon share more details about the stops along the route where you can cheer on our walkers! You’ll also have the option to make a donation to help us reach our goal of raising $300,000 for Bernie’s Book Bank!

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On September 23rd, walkers will embark on a 24 mile journey spanning from the United Center up to Northwestern University.

View galley below for a look at David and Darrin’s journey in 2020 – 

Thank you to our 2020 supporters!

Looking for more ways to engage with our mission? Learn about additional fundraising events at Bernie’s Book Bank.