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Sponsorships available for NAMI Collier County’s 22nd Annual ‘Hope Shines’ mental health awareness walk May 11

New location and activities energize the annual event

NAMI Collier County has announced sponsorship and registration opportunities for its 22nd Annual Hope Shines mental health awareness walk on May 11, during mental health awareness month. The event is also at the end of Teacher Appreciation Week and will recognize the role that teachers play in mental health.

This year’s event on the Arthrex campus in Naples will include performances by the Ben Allen Band, team prizes and more. Registration at 1 Arthrex Way, Naples begins at 4 p.m., with activities from 5 to 7 p.m. The event kicks off with family-friendly activities led by Arthrex, welcome music by the Ben Allen Band, followed by a walk through the campus. After the one-mile walk on the Arthrex campus, the band will play a 45-minute set for participants. WINK News anchor Cory Lazar will serve as the event’s master of ceremonies.

“We are so grateful that Arthrex is supporting the physical and mental wellness of the community and their employees and are thrilled to have this exciting event for mental health awareness month on their beautiful campus,” said Beth Hatch, NAMI Collier CEO. “As the need for services continues to rise with expanding population and mental and behavioral health challenges, nonprofit NAMI Collier County continues to expand programs and services to meet the needs.”

The fee to register for the event is $35 per person through April 30 and $45 per person after April 30. Teams are encouraged to raise additional funds to help support NAMI. Prizes will be awarded for the most creatively dressed team, largest team and highest fundraising team. To register for the event or learn about sponsorship opportunities, visit namicollier.salsalabs.org/Walk2024.

Event proceeds will support NAMI’s Health Under Guided Systems (HUGS) program, which screens, assesses and educates children ages 2 months to 18 years old experiencing developmental, social, emotional or behavioral difficulties. The event also will help support the Sarah Ann Life Skills & Support Center, which includes structured activities and occupational training, Supportive Housing and Supported Employment, the Warm Line and other mental wellness programs offered free to the community. To donate to NAMI Collier County, visit namicollier.org/donate/.

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