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Walking Pier to Pier Against Child Abuse

The 25th Annual Richstone Pier to Pier Walkathon is as much about showing up as it is about raising funds for the Hawthorne charity.

The 25th Annual Richstone Pier to Pier Walkathon, which steps off Saturday morning at the Manhattan Beach Pier, is about raising money for the Richstone Family Center.

The Hawthorne organization provides treatment services for abused children and their families, as well as education programs designed to prevent child abuse from happening. Which is why Allison Tanaka, the center's special events manager, said that the Walkathon is as much about being there to show support for the cause as it is about bringing in money for the center's programs.

Families and others should come "even if you don't have the $25 or $30," Tanaka said. "I hate to have people deterred from showing up."

Those who do pay the $25 pre-registration donation (available until 6 p.m. tonight at the event website) or the $30 on-site registration Saturday morning will receive a t-shirt.

Check in begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Manhattan Beach Pier. The walk begins at 8 a.m. follows the 3.4-mile ocean-side walk to the Hermosa Beach Pier and then return. Families, including those with young children in strollers, are encouraged to attend, as well as dogs on leashes.

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