THIS EVENT IS IN THE PAST!
McAlister Institute To Hold 3rd Annual 5K Walk For Sobriety
Above: Promotional graphic for the 3rd Annual 5K Walk For Sobriety. Courtesy of Mcalister Institute.
With help from its media sponsor, KyXy, and emcee Tommy Sablan from the Jeff & Jer Show, the event will celebrate a clean and sober lifestyle and generate awareness for treatment.
Proceeds from the walk will benefit McAlister Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the compassionate care and treatment of individuals and families suffering from addiction, mental illness, and homelessness.
“We’re excited to invite the San Diego community to join us in a celebration of hope and recovery,” said Jeanne McAlister, founder and CEO of McAlister Institute and San Diego’s Mental Health Person of the Year for 2010.
“Addiction and its devastating effects seem to have a strong presence in the media, so we want to give recovery a voice, too. Our goal is to reshape the conversation and to focus on solutions.”
Walkers, runners, and online supporters will help increase awareness and support the power of recovery by wearing the number of days they—or their loved ones—have clean and sober and what it means to them.
Marisa Varond, Director of Development at McAlister Institute, explained, “Each success story begins with a single day of sobriety. When you see a McAlister graduate wearing a sign that says ‘1,256 days of being a mom,’ and her family is there to support her with signs that say ‘1,256 days of having my mommy back,’ ‘1,256 days of supporting my sister,’ and ‘1,256 days of falling in love with my wife all over again,’ you can actually feel the power of recovery. Celebrating these stories will help us create a community of support and inspire people to get the help they need.”
“This is a much different conversation than we’re used to hearing,” added McAlister. “It’s not about blame. It’s about making a positive impact. We want people to know that there are solutions—that there are organizations like McAlister Institute that are dedicated to helping individuals regain their lives—because we really believe that’s the first step to ending this epidemic.”
Since opening its doors in 1977, McAlister Institute has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals regain their lives. Just last year, the agency served nearly 7,000 individuals.
To join the Walk for Sobriety, please visit www.walkforsobriety.com.
Registration is $35, with an option to fundraise, and all proceeds benefit McAlister Institute’s 27 treatment programs.
For additional questions or to become an event sponsor, please contact Marisa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information on McAlister Institute, please visit www.mcalisterinc.org
Location: NTC Park at Liberty Station 2455 Cushing Road San Diego, 92106 Google Map
About McAlister Institute: McAlister Institute has earned recognition as one of San Diego County’s leading resources for the compassion care and treatment of individuals and families suffering from addiction, mental illness, and homelessness. Founded in 1977, the organization is dedicated to having a positive impact on all those it serves, helping to restore them to more productive and meaningful lives. In 2012, McAlister staff celebrated 1,000 years clean and sober.