Walk for Hope
Walk for Hope
Walk for Hope
Walk for Hope
Walk for Hope
Walk for Hope
Walk for Hope
Walk for Hope
35th Annual Thad & Alice Eure Walk for Hope
walk, run & festival
The Angus Barn
Sunday, October 8, 2023
9:00am – 2:00pm
In the 34 years since it began, our flagship charity event has helped raise millions of dollars towards better understanding of and treatments of mental illnesses like depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, postpartum depression, schizophrenia and anorexia.
Each year, thousands of participants come together at the Angus Barn in Raleigh to walk or run a 5K route to show solidarity for family, friends and community members living with a mental illness. After the walk is over, we celebrate our achievement with a family-friendly afternoon of food, games, music and prizes.
Can’t make it this year, or prefer to walk or run with us from afar? You can still make an impact by joining us VIRTUALLY instead or making a DONATION! It’s more important than ever to support mental illness research right here in the Triangle.
100% of the money raised by participants directly funds local mental illness research at the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Psychiatry. And, just as critically, it helps call attention to the stigma and significance of these often invisible illnesses, which now due to the pandemic affect as many as one in three American adults.
Your passion helps us touch more and more lives in our community, across our nation, and around the world. Your dedication leads us to record-breaking goals in numbers and funds raised. We believe research is hope, and hope keeps us moving forward.
Let’s make this year’s milestone Walk the biggest ever! Together we can go further and do more than ever before. Registration is now OPEN for the 2023 Walk for Hope!
You made HISTORY in 2022.
It’s our biggest fundraising Walk ever – the 34th annual Walk for Hope raised over $790,000 for the research and treatment of mental illness. And that number is still climbing – it’s over 40% more than in 2021.
Y’all are extraordinary. 3,200 of you came out to the Angus Barn, and together we ran, walked, danced, sang, cried, hugged, laughed, and cheered, giving hope to the 1 in 3 people currently struggling with mental illnesses.
To everyone who donated, volunteered, sponsored, served, or participated virtually, thank you for your incredible generosity. Because of you, research is hope. Thank you for being champions of mental health, and we’ll see you next year for our 35th milestone event.
Congratulations to our top fundraisers! Our top ten individuals alone raised over $82,000 for the research and treatment of mental illness. We never cease to be amazed by your enthusiasm and dedication.
Top Ten Individuals
|1. Lauren Talley||$14,750|
|2. Carrie Williams||$13,669|
|3. Yvonne Johnson||$10,150|
|4. Tina Labunski||$9,326|
|5. Carol Jacobson||$8,625|
|6. Becca Brenner||$7,917|
|7. Laura Walker||$7,717|
|8. Geoffrey Gershaw||$7,447|
|9. Julie Sobierajski||$6,115|
|10. Geetha Balagopal||$6,114|
Virtual Participant Winners
Top Three Teams
|1. Jill’s Minions||$25,235|
|2. Team Jon||$21,470|
|3. 1000 Friends for Hope||$17,104|
Raffle Prize Winners
|Joe Graham – 2 Delta Air Lines Tickets|
|Ken Ewan – $1,500 Patio Pro gift card|
|Shelby Register – $1,000 Bailey’s Fine Jewelry gift card|
|Sara Miller – $250 Second Empire Restaurant gift card|
T-Shirt Color Winners
Our mission doesn’t stop for COVID-19 – our goal remains the same!
The Walk for Hope is more than just a community event—it’s a huge fundraiser that directly funds the research and treatment of mental illness. Most of our participants raise the money they need to participate; in fact, the average participant raises at least $150. Whether you join us for the Walk, Run, Festival, or participate virtually, pricing is the same.
- For some clever ways on raising $70 and beyond, click here (opens as a PDF).
- Learn more about where these fundraising dollars go.
The Walk for Hope features two different routes:
- 5K (3.1 miles): Begins at the Angus Barn on Hwy 70, turns around at the Umstead Visitor Center, and returns to the Angus Barn. Click here to view the route map.
- 1-mile Family Fun Nature Hike around the Angus Barn Lake.
Unfortunately, we are not offering a timed Race for Steak this year. But any runners wishing to unofficially run the 5K route UNTIMED are welcome to push off at 9:00 am! Then you can join your team and cool off on the Walk!
If you cannot attend the Walk for Hope, or would prefer to support us from afar, we’d love to have you join us VIRTUALLY on October 9! You get to pick the details of your virtual experience: what time, where, and how far you go.
Registration for the VIRTUAL Walk/Run includes a t-shirt and armband, and your registration fee can be fundraised! Participants are welcome to pick up their t-shirts and armbands at the Early Check-In Days or we will be happy to mail them to you after the Walk for Hope event.
It’s easy to go VIRTUAL!
- Register for the VIRTUAL Walk/Run!
- Fundraise – our virtual participants can still raise money and make a huge difference!
- Walk or run when and where you want – you’re not timed, so you get to create your own special experience!
- Take photos and videos of your activity, and tag us on social media using the hashtag #WalkforHope
- Win Prizes – we’ll do a drawing for three $100 Angus Barn gift cards just for our VIRTUAL participants!
Virtual participants can download resources here to help with fundraising and spreading the word! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 919-781-WALK with any questions.
Early Check-In Days at the Angus Barn
Beat the crowd and save time! Prior to Event Day, participants can register, turn in collection envelopes, and pick up T-shirts and event armbands at the Angus Barn. We STRONGLY encourage all participants to pre-register and attend Early Check-In days.
- Thursday, October 5: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
- Friday, October 6: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Saturday, October 7: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Walk for Hope registration opens at 7:30 a.m. The Walk for Hope begins at 10 a.m., and the untimed 5K starts at 9 a.m.
To encourage early registration and check-in, ALL Event Day prices increase by $5.
Our teams are so incredibly important to the success of the Walk for Hope each year! Did you know that teams raise 70% of our walker income each year? Teams must consist of a minimum of 5 people, so gather 4 or more friends or family members to join you on a team, and get brainstorming!
Team captains for teams that raise $500 or more over the minimum registration fee total for each team member receive an invitation to our annual Team Captain Kickoff event in August. It’s delicious incentive to raise more – and as always, 100% of the funds raised by participants and teams goes directly to fund mental illness research.
And if you really want to go for the gold, teams whose fundraising total is $5,000 or more earn a custom flag printed with their team name for next year’s event. Once you have a flag, for each subsequent year your team raises $5,000 or more, we will attach a patch with that year on it! If your team is registered and/or donating, your flag will wave from the Angus Barn wall along Route 70 the week of the Walk. Flags can also be carried on the Walk proudly!
Not only is our raffle a fun and easy way to raise money for the Foundation of Hope—a small ticket can win big! Our participants can win GREAT prizes in 2023 – stay tuned for more information!
HEALTH & SAFETY
The health, safety, and well-being of our staff, volunteers, and participants is of the utmost importance to us.
As plans for the Walk for Hope evolve, we’ll post our health and safety processes here!
If you are not comfortable joining us in-person for the Walk for Hope, please consider participating VIRTUALLY or making a DONATION!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where should I park?
Parking is available just minutes away from the Angus Barn. There are no drop-offs at the Angus Barn, but FREE Walk shuttles will be available 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Walk itself takes off from and returns to the Angus Barn restaurant, located at 9401 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617. Handicapped parking is available – please call 919-781-9255 to make arrangements.
What is there to eat?
Breakfast items will be provided before the Walk. All registered participants are welcome to join the Festival at the Angus Barn starting at 10:30am, with kids’ activities, great food, music and more.
Can I bring my dog?
No. Pets are not allowed at this event (with the exception of certified assistance animals). Please leave your pets at home.
Are there rest stops and bathrooms?
Rest stops with water and snacks are available along the route, and port-a-potties are located throughout the festival area onsite at the Angus Barn property. There are also Hopemobiles available along the route for anyone who needs a ride.
Can I walk with a stroller?
Yes absolutely! If you bring a child, please remember to bring a stroller, infant carrier, baby jogger or wagon.
Can I run?
We love our runners! While we can’t offer a timed, official Race for Steak this year, runners are welcome to take off at 9:00am for an unofficial and untimed chance to run the 5K route. Then you can meet up with your team and cool off on the Walk!
What happens if there is bad weather?
The Walk for Hope takes off in rain or sunshine. In the event of severe weather, we will post updates on our website and social media accounts. There are no refunds of the registration fee.
How do I win prizes?
All registered participants receive a T-shirt and are invited to join our post-Walk celebration with kids’ activities, food, music and more! Those attending the Walk for Hope in- person will be entered into our on-site raffle for dozens of great prizes! VIRTUAL participants will be entered into a separate drawing for three $100 Angus Barn gift cards. The top 10 overall fundraisers and the top 3 overall teams receive special prizes and recognition. Drawings for raffle prizes will be held on Monday, October 10.
What happens to my registration fee if my plans change and I can’t come?
If you need to change your registration type from in-person to virtual, we can help with that! Just give us a call at 919-781-WALK or email email@example.com and we will be happy to assist you. There are no refunds of the registration fee. All registration fees are final and 100% will be included in your total fundraising contribution to our critical mission of funding mental illness research.
OUR 2022 SPONSORS
Interested in becoming a Walk for Hope Sponsor? Download our Sponsorship Packet and contact us!
Leaders of Hope
Partners of Hope
Circle of Hope
Friends of Hope
Ambassadors of Hope
Jocky & Kit Creasy
Midtown Magazine / Cary Living
Performance Foods – IFH
Salt Wine Company
Taylor’s Wine Shop
The Car Park