PEORIA (WEEK) — For the ninth year in a row, walkers and runners took to the Peoria Riverfront Saturday to get active and help send local students to college.
The Kappa Phi Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Incorporated hosted its Gold Torch Alphawalk near the Riverplex.
Chapter president Michael Riley said the main goal was to encourage people to get up and get out, but in the process, any money raised helps fund around a dozen scholarships for local college and high school students.
Riley said they usually raise between $5000 and $10,000 each year.
“You hear a lot of stories about, ‘you know, these young people today don’t have any vision – any direction.’ I have to differ with that,” Riley said. “We work with a lot of great young people who are focused, who are driven, who are way smarter than I was at 15, 16, 17.”
In addition to providing scholarships, the fraternity also works to tutor and mentor young students.
They host a ton of events, including a golf outing Friday that raised around $5000.
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