Mental Health Walk for Awareness - Race for Recovery

Walk for Awareness·Race for Recovery 2014

Walk for Awareness/Race for Recovery 2014

A Fabulous Day for a Walk/Run! 

On June 21, 2014, almost 200 people came to participate in our annual Mental Health Walk for Awareness – Race for Recovery held in Sauget, Illinois at the GCS Ballpark-Home of the Gateway Grizzlies. The event went extremely well due to the trained volunteers and dedicated event committee made up of: Katie Venvertloh (Chair), Gail Shaw, Jessica Gruneich, Tom Johnson, Cathy Malear, Irma Cummins, Ann Barnum, Keith Gauen, Mary Gauen, Matt Gauen, Pat Rudolff, Jim Fraser, Peter Dodge, Mary-Pat DeJarnette, Debra Snider, Beverly Watkins, Rita Watters, Jim Isaac, and Susy Woods.

Free Tickets:

One of the benefits of participating in our event was that all participants received a free ticket to the Grizzlie baseball game immediately following our walk/run event at Gateway Grizzlies Ballpark in Sauget, IL. The Gateway Grizzlies were a huge part in making the event such a success. Not only did they provide so many resources and advertisement; every member did it with a friendly attitude and smile on their face.

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 blue t-shirt that helped participants know who to turn to for information. 10 Years The participants received a purple shirt with a fabulous silver imprint of the walk/run logo. This year’s shirt was particularly special as it marked the 10th birthday of the NAMI SWI Llama! Yes, our dear mascot is now 10 years of age…Man, does time fly!

T-shirt Closeup

NAMI SWI appreciates the generous support of all members and others who registered for the affiliate’s 11th annual Mental Health Walk/Run on June 21, 2014 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!

Though donations keep rolling in, as of July 15th, the amount raised thus far is nearing $18,000! That is a tremendous amount of funds that will go towards supporting NAMI SWI in doing the remarkable work only NAMI SWI knows how to do!

A Giant Thank You goes to…

  • KUNA Foodservice for providing the delish snacks for participants
  • Weir World Llamas & Alpacas who provided a real life experience with our lovely mascots. Photos and fun were had by all who visited their wonderful creatures.
  • 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

Thank you to all those who participated, volunteered, and fundraised! The 2015 Walk/Run planning will soon begin. If you are interested in assisting with the planning process or volunteering by any means, please contact NAMI SWI at We would be happy to work with you!