DETROIT (AP) – Hundreds of people are expected to participate in Focus: HOPE’s annual Eleanor’s Walk fundraiser.

The event celebrates diversity and will begin Sunday at the nonprofit organization’s campus in Detroit. It will include a 4-mile run.

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About $324,000 was raised last year to support Focus: HOPE’s food, education and community programs.

The walk is named after Eleanor Josaitis. Josaitis and the Rev. William Cunningham founded Focus: HOPE in 1968 after the 1967 riots that widened the rift between Detroit’s black and white residents. Cunningham died in 1997. Josaitis died in 2011 at age 79.

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The organization has job training, a food program for mothers, children and senior citizens, and numerous community development programs.

 

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