The second annual Jamie Sanders Walk for Mental Health Awareness will take place on Saturday in Ithaca.
The walk will run from 6pm to 11pm on the Ithaca High School track, but there will be a number of other activities throughout the day starting at noon.
These include a craft show, food trucks, a magic show, children’s games and face painting.
There will also be on-site therapists and mental health information booths.
There will also be a 50/50 raffle and silent auction to raise money.
Participants can design light bags that will be placed around the track in memory of someone who has died due to mental health issues or someone who is currently battling the disease.
Organizers hope to exceed last year’s total number of participants and money raised, according to Aaron Detloff, one of the event’s founders.
“Last year we had 75 people, so we hope to improve that number,” he said. “It’s going to be beautiful weather, so we hope everyone comes out and supports a good cause.”
This year’s goal is to raise $3,000 with the proceeds divided among several local mental health organizations, Detloff noted.
The 2021 event raised just over $1,500.
Individuals, organizations or companies can sponsor walkers or a round for $50. Participants can also pledge a certain amount for each completed round. A donation booth will be set up on the property and vendors will sell items and all proceeds will be returned to the event.
The walk was created last year to draw attention to psychological problems and suicide prevention.
It’s an issue close to Detloff’s heart, as he lost a close friend to suicide a few years ago.
“We felt this is something that anyone could get on board with,” he said. “These are big problems in our province and our state.”
The event coincides with National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month.
“Let’s break the stigma of mental health and help the people around us,” Detloff said.
For more information about the walk call Detloff at 517-243-0973.