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Gary Stern Memorial Walk for Mental Health

Walk with NAMI Rochester to raise awareness, challenge stigma and build community!

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Raised of $150,000


Event Details

Walk with us for Mental Health! NAMI Rochester’s Walk is taking place on Saturday May 20th at the Village Gate Courtyard. Register for free and invite your friends, family or colleagues to walk in solidarity for the Mental Health Revolution! Prize pickup opens at 9AM. Kick off for the 1.5 mile walk loop is at 10AM, followed by a community celebration of recovery, hope and wellness. Come for the Walk and stay for the vendors, music, food and drink.

Click here to view photos from last year!

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Fundraising for Mental Health

The NAMI Rochester Walk is our largest fundraiser of the year! Your support as a Walk fundraiser makes a tremendous difference in our community by fueling the work we do all year long. As you raise awareness for the importance of mental health, you can also increase access to critical services for individuals and families living with a mental health condition. Because of your generosity, more peers and families will receive the support, education and advocacy they need.

If a supporter wishes to donate to your fundraiser via check, please advise them to make the check payable to NAMI Rochester and write your name in the memo line. They can mail the check to NAMI Rochester at 346 N. Goodman St., Rochester NY 14607.

Need help creating or managing your fundraiser? Email Krista!

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Music and Entertainment

Walk day entertainment schedule, led by emcees Dario Joseph and Quajay Donnell:

9-9:45am: Music by Miriam Morelli

9:30-9:40am: Pre-walk stretch with Erin from M/Body, Village Gate 2nd floor

9:45-10am: Remarks from NAMI Roc (with ASL interpretation), walk kickoff with the RPC Drum Circle

10:20-11am: Music by AMIDI

10:45: Family Yoga hosted by iSecure at their office, 354 N. Goodman St.

11am-12pm: Music by Bellwether Breaks

12pm: Event Concludes

Event Vendors

Food and drink:

Soulistic Sweets
The Alternative Spirit
The Gate House
Tony's Popcorn
Winter Swan Coffee


Handcrafted and Other:

Amanda Soehner Designs
Ash + Willow Co.
Best Best Co.
Bless the Messy
Chickadee Designs
Compass Cycle Studio
Femocracy Now
Good Knots
KarinSmiling Artistic Expressions
Lanni Made
Little Bee Designed
Little Crayon Co.
MindfulMatters585, LLC
Much Love Initiative
Music Can Help
Nilly Candle Company
REI Rochester
Shine Bright
Simply Sunshine Gifts
Squirrel Garden Goods
Tenderchomps Art
The Darling Revolution
Tulgey Wood Honey Alchemy by Pauli-Nation
Unstrung Studios

Community Organizations and Sponsors

211/LIFE LINE (Goodwill of the Finger Lakes)
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention- Western New York Chapter
Canandaigua National Bank
Compeer Rochester
Delphi Rise/COC
East House
Ellie Mental Health
Finger Lakes Clinical Research
Flower City Union
Genesee Valley Psychological Association
Genesee Valley Psychology
His Branches Community Health Center
MEG's Gift Inc
Mental Health Association of Rochester
NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People With Special Needs
Parenting Village
Partners In Community Development
Peace Project Mental Health Counseling
ROCovery Fitness
Senator Samra Brouk
Spurr Chevrolet GMC LLC
UR Medicine Mental Health & Wellness
URMC Strong Recovery
Villa of Hope










Contact Us

Have questions about registration, creating a team, fundraising for mental health, hosting a pop-up event or tabling/vending? Email Krista!

Have a question about your business/organization sponsoring the Walk? Email Emily!


Do you want to walk with us but you're not comfortable gathering yet? Take photos of how you celebrate Walk day and post with the hashtag #NAMIRocstheWalk!

See Walk Map

Thank you to our sponsors!

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