NAMI Fox Valley celebrated another successful Walk, raising more than $144,000 to support the agency.
“Once again, we are both thrilled and humbled by the amazing generosity shown by our community – our team captains, walkers, sponsors, volunteers and supporters,” said Beth Clay, NAMI Fox Valley’s executive director. “We exceeded our budgeted goal and have secured much needed funds for NAMI Fox Valley’s operational budget. Thank you.”
Nearly 600 Walkers representing 62 teams turned out for the event, held Saturday, Oct. 6 at Memorial Park in Appleton. Though chilly, the weather cooperated and delivered sunny skies for the program and 5K Walk.
The Walk program featured Cami Rapson, WBAY TV news anchor, who served as our emcee and Honorary Chair. Special thanks to Richard Lambert, with the Appleton Alliance Church choir, who sang the National Anthem, and Lt. Jeff Miller and Sgt. Gerry Flunker, of the Appleton Police Department, who led the Honor Guard.
Special guests included Appleton Mayor Tim Hanna, and state Sen. Jessica King, D-Oshkosh, who each presented a proclamation acknowledging the NAMIWalk and NAMI Fox Valley’s mission and service to the community.
Sen. King, who shared her personal story of her family’s history and struggle with mental illness, praised NAMI and its work to raise awareness and break down stigma surrounding mental illness.
All told, we raised $56,560 in sponsorships from 42 businesses, organizations and individuals. Walkers raised a total of $87,820. Special thanks the J.J. Keller Foundation, our presenting sponsors, and Goodwill and U.S. Venture, our Gold Sponsors. Also, we couldn’t have been so successful without the amazing support of Pete and Cathy Mutschler and their team – Team 2MUtsCH. What a great inspiration they continue to be. Once again, they were the top fundraising team and raised nearly $23,000!
This year’s silent auction and raffle raised nearly $3,000 – a new record. Thank you to volunteer Betsy Pritzl for organizing the collection of the dozens of beautiful gifts baskets. She did an amazing job planning, organizing and setting up this popular event for the Walk.
Thank you to the more than 80 volunteers who helped before, during, and after the Walk. We couldn’t put on the Walk without them! Special thanks to Ralph Timm and Jeff Aspenson, our logistic chairs, who made this Walk – from start to finish – the smoothest yet.