URI to host 7th annual 5K run/walk to support mental health initiatives, suicide prevention

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Oct. 18 event set for Quadrangle on Kingston Campus

WHO: University of Rhode Island President David M. Dooley; Josephine and Roger Vennewald, who established the Heather Fund at URI in honor of their daughter, who lost her life to suicide when she was a senior at URI; URI alumni Bob and Joy Abrams, whose son Marc died by suicide, and who like the Vennewalds, are sponsors of this year’s event; and more than 100 runners, walkers and URI students.

WHAT: URI’s Be 5K Race/Walk for Self & Others through Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention. The seventh annual URI event has raised a total of $37,500 over the past six years. In the past, the program was run through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, but this year organizers wanted it to be a URI-focused event. All proceeds will benefit the Heather Fund, which supports mental health and suicide prevention efforts at URI’s Counseling Center.

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: URI Kingston Campus, Quadrangle

TO MAKE COVERAGE ARRANGEMENTS, contact Dave Lavallee at the URI Department of Marketing and Communications at 401-874-5862 or on his cell, 401-465-4291.