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

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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 exceeded their goal with $90,000+ in donations in 2020!

In 2021, David and Darrin teamed up again for the second annual Walk As One Chicago. A team of walkers joined them for an impressive 24 miles across Chicago from the United Center to Northwestern University. They made stops at every major sports stadium in Chicago including Wrigley Field, Sox Park and Soldier Field. In total, the 2021 walk raised $150,000! This is a $60,000 increase from the inaugural walk in 2020.

This year, we are inviting walkers to join us in the third annual Walk As One Chicago on Thursday, September 22.  The walk route is a loop starting at Guaranteed Rate Field traveling up by Wrigley Field and ending at Guaranteed Rate Field for a post-walk celebration at the White Sox game!  The unique part of the walk is that walkers will stop by a school where the children receive books from Bernie’s Book Bank and see the impact of their fundraising efforts firsthand.  Sign up to walk below, support our walkers with a financial donation and follow along on social media to enjoy the incredible day alongside our team who is empowering under-served children to read their way to a better life with every step.



View gallery below for a look at previous Walk As One Chicago photos- 

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