|ALEX BONIELLO (Dear Evan Hansen) & PATTI MURIN (Disney’s Frozen) to Co-Host NAMIWalks NYC, Saturday, May 11|
|Posted by: Official_Press_Release 06:19 pm EDT 03/19/19|
|ALEX BONIELLO of DEAR EVAN HANSEN
PATTI MURIN of Disney’s FROZEN
TO CO-HOST 13TH ANNUAL NAMIWALKS NYC 5K EVENT
SATURDAY, MAY 11 at 10 AM
Broadway stars to serve as celebrity co-hosts at ribbon cutting ceremony
on behalf of NAMI-NYC, local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness,
for largest US mental health fundraiser and awareness event of its kind
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
NAMI-NYC (local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness; Matt Kudish, executive director), today announced that Broadway’s Alex Boniello, star of Dear Evan Hansen and Patti Murin, star of Disney’s Frozen will serve as the official co-hosts at the 13th annual NAMIWalks NYC community fundraising event on Saturday, May 11 (10 AM, South Street Seaport Promenade). Held during Mental Health Awareness Month, the annual 5k event is the country’s largest mental health fundraising walk ($625k raised in 2018) with 5,000 expected participants walking to fight discrimination, erase the stigma associated with mental health conditions and raise money to provide year-round services – including 30 different peer-led support groups and educational programming – all available free of charge to 13,000 New York City families and individuals living with mental illnesses.
“NAMI-NYC is honored to have Broadway’s leading stars, Patti Murin and Alex Boniello shine a bright light on our advocacy and fundraising efforts during mental health awareness month,” said executive director Matt Kudish. “Patti’s deeply personal essay about her own anxiety struggles was not only brave, but she normalizes her lived experience and connects her incredible voice to so many struggling to cope and seek out the support they need.”
Kudish continued, “the transformative power of Dear Evan Hansen has propelled the mental health conversation into the national spotlight and lessened the negative stigma associated with the words “mental illness” through its emotional story and healing music and lyrics.”
HISTORY of NAMIWalks NYC
Since the first walk was held in 2007 with just 1,000 participants, NAMIWalks NYC has raised nearly $5,000,000 to date with over 30,000 participating walkers comprised of local families and friends affected by, or living with mental illness. Run-DMC co-founder Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray, filmmaker Paul Dalio and mental health advocate Jaclyn Stapp have previously served as NAMIWalks NYC grand marshals.
To register, volunteer or donate to NAMIWalks NYC, visit www.namiwalksnyc.org or call 212-684-3365.
Hashtags: #NAMINYC #IWillListen #NAMIWalksNYC
ALEX BONIELLO (Connor Murphy in Dear Evan Hansen). Broadway: V/O Moritz in Deaf West Theatre’s Tony-nominated revival of Spring Awakening (Astaire nomination, Broadway.com Audience Choice nomination). Other theatre: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 21 Chump Street (This American Life/BAM), Stilyagi (Vassar/NYSAF), Million Dollar Quartet (Paper Mill Playhouse), Cruel Intentions the Musical (LPR), Brooklynite (Vineyard Theatre), Here’s Hoover! (Abrons Arts Center), I Am Harvey Milk (Lincoln Center) and the national tour of Green Day’s American Idiot. Select TV: Marvel’s “Jessica Jones,” “Happyish,” “Welcome to Greenpoint,” “Saturday Night Live.” Film: Alt Space, Contest, Detachment. Twitter/Instagram @AlexBoniello
PATTI MURIN (Anna in Disney’s Frozen). Broadway/national tour: Frozen (Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations), Lysistrata Jones (Lysistrata), Wicked (Glinda), Xanadu (Euterpe). Off-Broadway: Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare in the Park); Fly by Night (Playwrights Horizons); Lady Be Good! (Encores!). Almost Broadway: Nerds (Sally). TV: recurring roles on “Chicago Med” and “Chicago Fire” (Dr. Nina Shore), “Royal Pains” (Ava). Proud alumna of the Syracuse University Drama department. Twitter/Instagram: @pattimurin
NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS OF NEW YORK CITY, INC. (NAMI-NYC)
The largest NAMI affiliate in the nation, NAMI-NYC builds better lives by providing support, education and advocacy for families and individuals of all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds who live with mental illness. Serving more than 13,000 New Yorkers annually, NAMI-NYC Metro works collaboratively with state and national affiliates to educate the public, advocate for legislation, reduce stigma and improve the mental health system. For more information, please visit www.naminycmetro.org.
2019 NAMIWalks NYC SPONSORS
Hudson Bay Company/HBC Foundation, Head First, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks Fifth Avenue-Off 5th, Alkermes, Publicis, WellCare, CBS Corporation, OBERLAND, PwC, Actify Neurotherapies, Big East Conference, Janssen, NIMH, and Coordinated Behavioral Care.
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