The 11h Annual NAMIWalks Washington, benefiting the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Washington state and its 22 affiliates statewide, will be on June 6, 2015 at Marina Park, 25 Lakeshore Drive, in Kirkland, Washington. Check-in and family-friendly entertainment will begin at 8:00 a.m., with step-off for the 5K Walk at 9:00 a.m. The walk will be held rain or shine.
“NAMIWalks Washington has become a tradition for so many Washingtonians living with a mental illness and their loved ones,” said Lauren Simonds, Executive Director of NAMI Washington. “It gives everyone the opportunity to show their support of NAMI Washington by raising much needed funds and awareness. This year we are delighted to welcome Congresswoman Suzan DelBene and Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen as part of our opening program.”
Proceeds from the event benefit NAMI Washington and its 22 local affiliates to improve the quality of life for individuals living with mental illness and their families through a multi-pronged program of education, support, and advocacy for persons living with mental illness, their families and the wider community.
“Over the past 10 years, the Walk has grown into a festival like celebration,” commented Simonds. “For the 11th anniversary we are planning the best Walk yet. We will also have food trucks, street performers, face painters, as well as a DJ and stage performances – so there will be something for all participants!”