Top Fundraisers and Teams Collect More than $1,000 Each for Mental Health America of Fredericksburg’s 9TH Annual Walk for Mental Wellness

May 3, 2016 Karen Charney

Top Fundraisers and Fundraising Teams Featured on Mental Health America of Fredericksburg’s Website

MHAFredericksburg, Va. (May 1, 2016) – Fundraising competition is heating up for the 9th Annual Walk for Mental Wellness at Hurkamp Park in downtown Fredericksburg, May 14. Sponsored by Mental Health of America of Fredericksburg (MHAF), the Walk’s fundraisers have reached about 40 percent of the goal to raise a total of $35,000 to help continue MHAF’s vital mental health resources to the Rappahannock region.

“Individuals and teams registered for the one and three mile walks are encouraged to continue to get donations,” said Executive Director of MHAF Rita Girard. “The website keeps a running tally of the amount of donations earned by the top five fundraisers and fundraising teams. Each time a donation is made, it moves MHAF closer to its goal, and every donation—large and small—helps.”

There’s another incentive to raise donations for the Walk--a $25 Amazon gift card will be selected at random from the first 25 people who complete registrations for the Walk, and a $25 Amazon gift card will be selected at random from the first five team captains who register a team of three or more members whose registrations are complete. In addition, $50 Amazon gift cards will be presented to the first person who raises $1,000 and the first team that raises $1,500 online via their Walk Fundraising Page.

Each month, more than 300 people are connected with resources and treatment services through MHAF’s HelpLine, which is the only free mental health information and referral service in the region. More than 2,000 local high school students received suicide prevention training through MHAF in 2015. In addition, MHAF provides isolated, elderly citizens with free, weekly in-home visits by trained volunteers through its Senior Visitors Program. It also organizes support groups and provides education and advocacy for individuals with mental health issues.

The 9th Annual Walk for Mental Wellness registration begins at 9 a.m., and the Walk begins at 10 a.m. at Hurkamp Park in downtown Fredericksburg, May 14. For more information about the Walk, to register, and to find out about sponsorships and fundraising, visit, call (540) 371-2704 or email


The mission of MHAF is to provide education, advocacy and service to all people with mental health needs. MHAF educates to promote mental health awareness and understanding. It solves problems by advocating policies and working with individuals and agencies in the community to respond to mental health problems and to meet needs. MHAF identifies gaps unmet by public and private mental health providers and insurers and creates and incubates programs and funding to meet those needs.

Background on MHAF: MHAF was founded in 1955 by local citizens and is the community’s oldest nonprofit 501 © (3) charitable organization that addresses all aspects of mental health and mental illness. Ninety-three cents of every dollar received by MHAF goes directly to people in the community who face mental health challenges. In its 60th year of serving the Rappahannock area, MHAF exists to improve the lives of people with mental health problems by providing advocacy, education and services, especially to the uninsured and elderly. There were 5,158 calls to the HelpLine in 2014.

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