|(Bradenton, FL)… Manatee Glens is hosting its 11th annual Run/Walk for Life on Saturday, September 28 in Sutton Park in Palmetto. The annual event raises awareness about depression and suicide prevention. This year the focus is on first responders and includes participation and a speaker from local fire and departments and law enforcement. The Manatee County Emergency Services Color Guard will present the colors. Teams from Cedar Hammock, North River and Bradenton Fire Districts already have teams.
“Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people,” explained Manatee Glens President/CEO Mary Ruiz. “Depression or substance-abuse is a factor in a vast majority of suicides. As the community’s leading mental health & addictions specialty hospital and outpatient practice, we are dedicated to helping the community recognize signs of suicide and be there to step in to help.”
The event includes food, music fun and an emotional butterfly release to honor the lives of those lost to suicide. In honor of firefighters and EMTs, a 1926 fire truck will lead the first portion of the walk. Many community groups, schools and businesses have teams or are volunteering in some way at the event.
This year will also include many attractive and desirable silent auction items. “Those who don’t want to walk or run, are invited to come and shop!” said Manatee Glens Chief Development Officer Janet Ginn, CFRE. “There are dancing lessons, theme park tickets, restaurant certificates, adventure experiences and more. We also have some excellent prizes for the top fund raisers. This includes the Grand Prize: two JetBlue Airline Tickets.”
This year, Manatee Glens also sponsored a video competition, “Why I 5k.” The top videos will be shown on the Manatee Glens web site, www.ManateeGlens.org . The creators of the “Best Overall” video will lead the Walk. Videos are due by September 16 to email@example.com.
Information and Registration for the Run/Walk for Life is $25 for adults and $10 for students to sign up www.ManateeGlens.org. The day of the event the cost will be $30 for adults and $15 for students. For information, call 941-782-4319 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.