The first annual Tallahassee, Florida NEDA Walk 2017 was a huge success! Over 233 people came out to help us increase awareness of the impact that eating disorders have on our community, and together we raised $14,003.00! 100% of these funds went to the National Eating Disorders Association to further their mission of providing support to individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and to enable them to continue to serve as a catalyst for prevention, cures, and access to quality care.
We would like to give special thanks to our sponsors, Better Living Solutions, Canopy Cove, Capital Regional Behavioral Health Center, Magellan Complete Care, McCallum Place Eating Disorder Centers, Veritas Collaborative, and Aerie our national walk sponsor. We would also like to thank our vendors for coming out and supporting us: Smith Family Chiropractic, Advanced Recovery Systems, Liberty Tax Company, NAMI Tallahassee, Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, and Sweat Therapy. In addition, our incredible donors provided us with food, drinks, and fundraising prizes: Bada Bean, Uncle Maddio’s Pizza, Maple Street Biscuit Company, Studio D, Tom and J. Leigh Brooks, Sara Marchessault, Juanita Slagle with Thirty-One Gifts, Cabello’s Salon and Spa, Saltwater Seafood Company, Axio’s Salt Spa and Juice Bar, Skateworld, The Tallahassee Museum, Hobbit American Grill, Chilis, and Red Elephant Pizza and Grill.
We would also like to thank the Lincoln High School Boys Lacrosse Team for helping us with set up and tear down; Dillion Jordan with Amplify Entertainment for providing us with energizing music; Michelle Pellito with Capital City Music Therapy, the FSU Music Therapy Association, and the FSU Art Therapy Association for putting on our drum circle and creating our “Be YOU” art board. Finally, thank you to NAMI on Campus, Sigma Delta Tau, Kappa Delta Chi, FSU’s RD’s2B, and all other volunteers who came out to help us make this such a special event.
We could not have done it all without your generosity, participation, and mutual wish to decrease the impact that eating disorders have on our community. It is by coming together as we all did that we can connect those who are struggling with the care that they need and continue to decrease the prevalence and severity of eating disorders within society as a whole.
Stay Well Tallahassee,
~Kelly Romano and the BLS TEAM!