‘Walking on Water’ fundraiser hits Biloxi Bay Bridge
The Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce and the Coast Young Professionals celebrated the 15th ‘Walking on Water’ over the weekend.
The group walk began early Saturday morning on the Biloxi Bay Bridge, starting from Point Cadet Pavilion.
Community teams showed out to Point Cadet in Biloxi to rally behind Feeding the Gulf Coast – either by donating food, giving some cash, or just showing up for the walk.
The teams walked the nearly three miles, shoulder to shoulder, all to assist the effort in building a Coast that doesn’t have to worry about food insecurity. Coast Young Professionals Director Kelly Devine said, “The last two years, everybody’s been kind of locked away, locked inside. We’ve got beautiful weather this week. People want an excuse to get out and community involvement is always a good way. A lot of people in our community have suffered with being food-insecure in one way or another.”
The event started just after Hurricane Katrina – providing support to those experiencing food insecurity through personal crisis or systemic struggles.
Teams pledged at least $200 each – and as of Saturday morning, about $4,500 had been raised.
Brice Wiggins, the state senator from Pascagoula, was also there showing his support. “After Katrina we were devastated. And with the pandemic, things got a little short. And so now it’s bringing the attention back to that and helping those who need the most on the Gulf Coast. So, we have a lot of needs, but we have a lot of great things too. And this is one of the ways to do that.”
“This is a really good way to come together, especially those of us who have been more fortunate to be able to give back to the community in some way. And to come together and hang out with people – Coast Young Professionals tends to be a fun social group. We do professional development as well. But this is really one of the good ways to give back to our community.”
The Coast Young Professionals is a part of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce.