Our annual Walk for Awareness • Race for Recovery was again a success in terms of creating awareness of mental health challenges, fundraising, and providing a fun and positive experience for all. A huge thank-you and shout-out to Mary Pat Dejarnette and Katie Ventvertloh, co-chairs of the event. Jessica Gruneich, Executive Director, and Marie Krysnoski, Associate Executive Director, were tireless as well in making it all work. Matt Gauen provided another fun t-shirt design – the NAMI SWI Llama tying his shoe and getting ready to race! Matt also provided a poster on recovery awareness to be used at the Walk/Race and other events. Thanks Matt for all you do for the Walk/Race and for NAMI SWI year round. Mary Gauen and David Rudloff were our photographers again. The llamas came to us courtesy of Matt Taetz.
A special thank-you to the St. Clair County and Madison County Mental Health Boards for their support for the Walk/Race. Tai Venuti from Allsup and Dawn Jasper from Fox Sports Midwest did a great job in promoting the Walk/Race to a broad audience. Thank you volunteers, runners, and walkers in making the event successful!
This year’s shirts were a big hit thanks to the amazing design by Mint Green. The volunteers wore a marvelous green t-shirt that helped participants know who to turn to for information. The participants received a white shirt with a fabulous logo of the NAMI SWI Llama tying his shoe and getting ready to race!. NAMI SWI appreciates the generous support of all members and others who registered for the affiliate’s 13th annual Mental Health Walk/Run on May 7, 2016 and were present at the event.
For those who REGISTERED AND PAID BUT WERE UNABLE TO ATTEND, unclaimed 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.(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.