Over 540 members of the community came out to support The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Collier County’s Hope Shines Walk on a beautiful April morning in Cambier Park. This was the largest gathering in the 12 year history of the NAMI Walk, and demonstrates the growing impact NAMI has on the community. Thirty-one teams participated in the Hope Shines Walk, with each team raising funds in support of NAMI. Generous and enthusiastic support from Walk participants helps NAMI continue to offer all its programs free of charge.
The annual Walk is NAMI of Collier County’s second largest fundraiser. Kathryn Leib Hunter, NAMI’s Executive Director reports that, to date, $83,000 has been raised for the 2014 Walk.. Rosemary Pace’s Walk team, Team Favoloso, was again the highest grossing team and Dena Goveia’s Walk team from The David Lawrence Center had the largest team, with 150 walkers. The NAMI Hope Shines Walk was an opportunity for supporters, consumers, family members and all members of the NAMI community to come together to build awareness of NAMI’s work and to pay tribute to all of those who have been affected by mental illness.
This year’s teams included Team Favuloso, Sully’s Strollers, John John, Hope Shines, Wilder Bunch, David Lawrence Center (150 walkers!), Nurse Practitioners, Alpha Rays, Dave’s Houses Hope, FIRST, Happy Feet, Heart and Soles, Law and Disorder, NABOR, Marlee’s Mitzvahs, Ode to Mental Illness, Naples House, Naples Bingo Daubers, Naples Walking Club, Sarah Ann Center, SDC, Spirited Bankers, Tommy’s Angels & Team Tsu- NAMI!
Through education, support and advocacy, NAMI works to improve the quality of life of the 1 in 4 families in the community who are affected by serious and persistent mental illness. From support groups, to family member training and support, to Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training for local law enforcement officers, NAMI’s programs connect everyone – children, families, professionals – with the resources, support and help they need.
To improve the quality of life of the 1 in 4 families affected by serious and persistent mental illness through education, support and advocacy.
That persons with severe and persistent mental illness can recover and lead productive and meaningful lives within their community of choice.