Immaculate Heart Students “WALK” for Fundraising Success

Before beginning the trek around the Los Feliz neighborhood, Immaculate Heart student body officers led the assembled students in warm-up stretches.


More than 700 Immaculate Heart High School and Middle School students, parents, faculty and staff formed a ribbon of teal blue last Friday, October 22, as they wound their way through the Los Feliz neighborhood in t-shirts marking the 48th Annual WALK.

Each grade level gathered behind a hand-painted banner before starting on the WALK.


The event culminated a month of student-led fundraising, which, to date, has raised over $300,000 for Immaculate Heart’s financial aid program, as well as for campus projects to enhance the student experience.

After a class photo, students burst through their banners and set off.


“On behalf of Immaculate Heart, I extend a big thank you to everyone who donated to support our students’ efforts,” Immaculate Heart President Maureen Diekmann said. “More importantly, the energy and enthusiasm that students, faculty and parents experienced being together and having fun last Friday was invigorating and heartwarming.”

The line of Immaculate Heart students, faculty and parents stretched down Los Feliz Boulevard as the group made its way back to campus.


On the morning of WALK Day, students gathered on the ballfield for stretching exercises before setting out on the nearly five-mile route through the hilly streets beyond Griffith Park. Some participants ran the course, but most walked in a noticeable procession that drew supportive honks and waves from passing drivers.

IH Panda friends posed with the Griffith Park bear statue, which also got into the WALK spirit!


Within a couple of hours, the IH WALKers returned to campus where they were greeted by festive music, balloons and banners, as well as a welcomed lunch courtesy of Pink’s Hot Dogs, the well-known eatery that has been a popular Hollywood destination since 1939. Basking in their success under sunny skies, students joined friend groups on the grassy quad, scarfed down warm hot dogs, and rested their dog-tired feet.

Pink’s Hot Dogs provided a welcomed lunch and added to the day’s festivities.


After their nearly five-mile WALK, students were eager to enjoy their Pink’s hot dogs!


About Immaculate Heart

Founded in 1906, Immaculate Heart High School & Middle School educates and empowers young women in sixth through 12th grades from its central location in the Los Feliz foothills near Griffith Park. The school has a long and distinguished history, with more than 11,000 graduates. Today’s student body of more than 700 young women is both geographically and ethnically diverse, drawing on students from throughout Los Angeles County. Last year, virtually 100 percent of Immaculate Heart graduates matriculated to colleges, including the most prestigious schools in the country.






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