[nggallery id=143] Over 1,500 walkers came from all over the state to Kirkland's Marina Park on Sunday in support of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI WA). The over $230,000 raised is about forty percent more than was raised last year. This was the first year Kirkland has hosted the NAMI walk, which started at Marina Park and went south along Lake Washington Boulevard toward Carillon Point. In previous years, the walk was held at Seattle's Magnuson Park. The move to Kirkland was in part to increase awareness of mental health issues.
About a dozen Eastside elected officials took part in the walk on this sunny Sunday morning.
Seen at the walk were Kirkland's Deputy Mayor, Penny Sweet and Kirkland City Councilmembers Dave Asher, Bob Sternoff , Amy Walen and Houghton Community Councilmember Bill Goggins. Also in attendance was King County Councilwoman Jane Hague, a long-time supporter of mental health services.
In preparation for the walk, the Redmond City Council challenged the Kirkland City Council to see which group could make the best showing in support of NAMI.
Since everyone had fun and plenty of money was raised, we will call it a draw. :-)