Mental Health Walk for Awareness - Race for Recovery

Race for Recovery·Walk for Awareness 2015

Walk for Awareness/Race for Recovery 2014

Celebrating NAMI SWI’s
30th Anniversary!

The 2015 NAMI SWI 5K Race for Recovery, 1 Mile Walk for Awareness was held on Saturday, June 27th at GCS Gateway Grizzlie’s Stadium. The weather was perfect – no rain and low humidity. We had 35 runners and almost 90 walkers set off at a brisk pace at 8:15 am.

Thanks for Your Support!

Beverly Watkins, President – NAMI SWI, welcomed the participants and thanked everyone for their ongoing support for our organization and signature programs. Dana Rosenzweig, Executive Director – St. Clair County Mental Health Board, addressed the crowd prior to the start of the race.

NAMI SWI Race-Walk

This year’s shirts were a big hit thanks to the amazing design by Mint Green. The volunteers wore a marvelous light puple t-shirt that helped participants know who to turn to for information. 10 Years The participants received a silver shirt with a fabulous blue imprint of the walk/run logo. This year’s shirt was particularly special as it marked the 30th Anniversary of NAMI SWI! Yes, we have been providing help to our community for 30 years now!

T-shirt Closeup

NAMI SWI appreciates the generous support of all members and others who registered for the affiliate’s 12th annual Mental Health Walk/Run on June 27, 2015 and were present at the event. For those who REGISTERED AND PAID BUT WERE UNABLE TO ATTEND, unclaimed commemorative t-shirts are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Paid and registered walkers who couldn’t come to the Walk/Race, can make arrangements to pick up your t-shirt by calling the office at (618) 798- 9788 or email

Thank You to everyone who Walked with us to show your support!

Our event was a huge success due to the dedication, generosity, and teamwork of all involved. Families expressed that they learned about NAMI programs, resources, and services while having fun at the race/walk.

A Giant Thank You goes to…

  • KUNA Foodservice for providing the delish snacks for participants
  • Final Lap Racing Service for the time keeping, finish line, bibs and expertise
  • GCS Ballpark for inviting us with open arms into the stadium
  • Gateway Grizzlies’ staff for their support, resources, and positive attitude

The NAMI SWI Run/Walk held on June 27, 2015 was again a wonderful success. A shout out to Mary Pat Dejarnette and Kris Gamm-Smith, who did an amazing job of planning and pulling together the many details, people, and donations. Jessica Gruneich, Executive Director of NAMI SWI, was the go-to person and consultant for all of us who worked on the Walk. Matt Gauen put together a really fun tee shirt design featuring the NAMI Llama crossing the finish line. David Rudloff provided photography. Jim Isaac was our emcee, and Beverley Watkins had the privilege of presenting the Run winners with their awards. Thank you, Planning Committee, vendors, and our many volunteers. We thank our runners and walkers, who numbered 130 this year. We likely will have raised over $18,000 after all the donations are tabulated. Dana Rosenzweig, Executive Director of the St Clair County Mental Health, was on hand and spoke about the mental health board’s support of NAMI SWI programs and services.