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2021 Walk for Hope breaks fundraising record

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Posted: October 22, 2021 at 11:51 a.m. EDT|Update: 40 minutes ago

RALEIGH, North Carolina, 22 October 2021 / PRNewswire / – The 33rd annual Thad and Alice Eure Walk for Hope broke all previous fundraising records by raising over $ 600,000 in a single event. The Hope Foundation for Mental Illness Research and Treatment organized the Drive-Thru on Sunday 10 October 2021, at the Angus Barn restaurant in Raleigh, North Carolina

The Walk of Hope, traditionally a 5K walk from Angus Barn through Umstead State Park and back, pivoted in September to a Drive-Thru event for safety reasons stemming from widespread hospitalizations of children due to the Delta variant of COVID-19 . Traditionally, a family-friendly festival of gifts and activities follows the march, so the drive-thru has allowed attendees to enjoy these activities safely in their cars.

For the second year in a row, participants enjoyed a safe and family-friendly parade of cars that toured the Angus Barn property where they were served delicious Angus Barn burgers and lucky apples from Van Eure, enjoyed live music and won awards throughout the day. Participants decorated their cars with signs to honor their loved ones and shared their reasons for dealing with mental illness. Giveaways included samples from Pepsi Bottling Co., cookies from Kookie Krumbs, a chance to win Delta Air Lines tickets, and child and adult gift bags filled with items donated by event sponsors. Mental health information boards dot the route and researchers from members of the Department of Psychiatry at UNC-Chapel Hill were on hand at the UNC Health booth.

The support from the community was fantastic as the cars lined up on Glenwood Avenue waiting their turn to enter the Drive-Thru.

Raleigh restaurateurs Thad Jr. and Alice Eure established the Hope Foundation in 1984 after their son was diagnosed with chronic bipolar disorder. In 1989, after Thad’s death, his employees created the first Hope Walk in his memory; around 200 participants raised $ 30,000 for the Foundation. Today, the walk has become a family tradition of the Triangle and one of the largest and oldest walking fundraisers in the country for mental illness research.

One hundred percent of funds raised support mental illness research grants at the Department of Psychiatry at UNC-Chapel Hill. Since its creation, the Foundation has collected more than $ 6.9 million for 164 research grants, which enabled $ 191 million in funding for the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and other organizations.

For more information, visit www.walkforhope.com.

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SOURCE The Hope Foundation for Research and Treatment of Mental Illness

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