5k walk/run expected to raise $50,000 to support Centerstone crisis services in Florida
Bradenton, Fla., September 9, 2015 — Centerstone, in partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Manatee, invites the community to the 13th annual 5k Walk for Life on Saturday, September 26 at Sutton Park in Palmetto, beginning at 8 a.m. Walkers have an opportunity to raise community awareness about depression and suicide and support those who suffer from mental illness, and remember loved ones lost.
This year, the theme is honoring & supporting military service members and their families. All fundraising efforts for Walk for Life help assure services are available to individuals dealing with mental health issues or are at risk of suicide.
Individuals and teams are encouraged to sign up to participate and work toward this year’s goal of $50,000, which will support crisis services provided by Centerstone, including: the Walk In Center, which offers no-appointment visits with counselors; the Centerstone Access Center, which provides 24/7 suicide assessment services; the Children’s Crisis Center, the only one of its kind in Manatee; and the Adult Crisis Center, for those over 18 years of age needing a place to turn for assistance.
Walk for Life activities include symbols of both support and remembrance.
Doves will be released during the opening ceremony as a symbol of hope. The event concludes with an awards ceremony and a butterfly release—a symbol of transformation. There will be LifeKeeper Memory Quilts on display to put faces on the illness of depression and the tragedy of suicide with each square representing a love one lost to mental illness, often with a photo.
New this year, Walk for Life is adopting the colored honor beads tradition of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of Darkness Overnight Walks. Participants select different color beads, each representing their personal connection to the cause, such as losing a family member to suicide. The beads are worn by participants and help identify others who understand their experiences with mental illness and suicide.
“Walk for Life has become a tradition in our community that unites us in preventing suicide.” said Centerstone CEO, Mary Ruiz. “Together we can turn the tide. We thank the community for its support through sponsorships and participation as walkers or team captains in the 5k.”
Participants of all ages are invited to either walk or run the 5k. Currently registered teams include local schools, businesses, family members and individuals. All participants are all eligible to win prizes, including recognition as the top individual youth or adult with prizes valued at $1000. Everyone who registers is eligible for the Grand Prize worth over $750.
The event will take place, rain or shine, at Sutton Park with complimentary hot dogs and hamburgers provided by North Manatee Kiwanis. Participants can enjoy free parking, breakfast, snacks, beverages and t-shirts all provided by Centerstone.
For more information about the event or to register to participate, visit http://manateeglens.donorpages.com/WalkForLife2015.
Centerstone, a nonprofit organization, is one of the nation’s largest behavioral healthcare providers. It offers a range of treatment, support and educational programs and services to individuals who have mental health and addiction disorders and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Each year, the organization serves more than 142,000 people of all ages at 157 locations across Florida, Illinois, Indiana and Tennessee. It also operates the Centerstone Foundation, Centerstone Research Institute, Advantage Behavioral Health, Centerstone Military Services and Centerstone Health Partners. For more information about Centerstone, please visit www.centerstone.org.
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