Wednesday, December 01, 2010

LV MUSIC: Pop-rockers Hanson to walk streets of Stroudsburg for charity

November 17, 2010|By John J. Moser, The Morning Call

Pop-rockers Hanson, in conjunction with their concert Friday at the Sherman Theater, will conduct one of their famous charity walks on Main Street in Stroudsburg.

Everyone – whether or not you're attending the concert -- can participate in or support Hanson's one-mile "Take The Walk" campaign, which raises money and awareness for several charities that help impoverished areas in Africa.

Hanson, who first hit with the song "MMMBop," did a similar walk in Allentown for its May 2008 show at Crocodile Rock Café in Allentown. The walks typically draw hundreds of fans and participants.

The Stroudsburg walk will start at 3 p.m. in front of the Sherman at 524 Main St.

Hanson brothers Isaac, Taylor, and Zac will lead the walk – they typically walk barefoot. It will consist of a loop that begins and ends at the front of the Sherman Theater. Halfway through the walk, the brothers will address the crowd and talk about their campaign over a megaphone.

For every walker present, Hanson will donate $1 to one of five select charities that help with combating poverty and AIDS in Africa.

Registration starts at 1:45 p.m. Those who want to participate must register to have their presence counted. A table will be out in front of the Sherman Theater.

Participants can designate which charity will get their $1 donation. The charities have goals that include providing new shoes to poor families, helping with clean water access, building up educational resources, supporting AIDS treatment and prevention, and providing general health care access.

The ideas for the walk grew out of Hanson's 2007 album "The Walk."

Hanson's charity walks typically take 30 to 45 minutes.

HANSON, With Kicking Dasies and Jarrod Gorbel (formerly of The Honorary Title), 8 p.m. Friday, Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. Tickets $28,, 570-420-2808.

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