Editor's Note: The following is a news release issued by Lawrence Township-based NAMI Mercer.
“Stomp Out Stigma” will be the rallying call of 1,000 or more supporters who will participate in the Sixth Annual NAMI Mercer Walk on May 18 on the campus of Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Lawrence Township.
NAMI Mercer, an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will sponsor the event with the dual goals of fighting stigma and raising money to support its free programs for individuals and families affected by mental illness.
The spring walk-a-thon is NAMI Mercer’s largest community outreach activity and the organization’s greatest fundraiser. Over the past five years, the event has brought in more than $500,000 in individual and corporate donations.
Bristol Myers-Squibb, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, NAMI New Jersey, Wal-Mart, and Roma Bank already have signed on as walk sponsors for 2013. The goal this year is to raise $150,000.
Registered and potential walk team captains are invited to the NAMI Mercer Walk kick-off luncheon, sponsored by Janssen Pharmaceuticals.
The luncheon will be held on Thurs., Mar. 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Janssen Headquarters, 1125 Trenton-Harbourton Road in Titusville. RSVP to NAMI Mercer at 609-799-8994.
The NAMI Mercer Walk on May 18 will feature a health and wellness fair, where local vendors will provide on-site health and wellness information and services to walk participants. Complimentary food and music will be available throughout the morning and into the early afternoon.
For more information about the walk and opportunities for volunteers, vendors, and sponsors, contact NAMI Mercer Director of Outreach and Development Jenn Antinoro at 609-799-8994 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Register online at www.namimercer.org.