Dear Friends,

     The Katie Foundation and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Northeast Region PA are excited to announce our partnership for the 6th Annual 5Kate Walk/Run on Saturday October 30, 2021. Both of our organizations have the same goal: creating awareness, education and support for those experiencing mental illness. We are excited to join forces for a great cause!

     Our work is important now more than ever. Since the COVID 19 pandemic there has been a significant increase in anxiety and depression in the U.S.  Did you know that 1 in 5 adults suffer from some form of mental illness? Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death between 15 to 34 year-olds and there are twice as many suicides as there are homicides.

     Suicide kills over 47,000 Americans each year. Katie Shoener, 29, who battled Bipolar Disorder for several years, died by suicide in August of 2016. Often, people who have a mental illness are defined by their illness. But people who have cancer are not cancer or people with diabetes are not diabetes. It is essential that we are able to raise more awareness, education and support for those affected.

     In past years, The Katie Foundation has worked with NAMI Scranton and Northeast Region as well as the Behavioral Health Initiative at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. We have raised over $100,000 to help these local organizations with their important missions. NAMI has been able to locally and directly impact the lives of those experiencing a mental illness through peer and family support groups, Crisis Intervention Team Training for our local police departments, and educational programs.

     You can actively help us further the difficult discussion about mental illness by making a donation. We are asking you to select one of the following sponsorship opportunities, but all contributions are kindly appreciated.

Platinum: $1500.00: Logo Prominently displayed on everything

listed below once donation is received

Gold Sponsor:  - $1000.00: Logo on our race t-shirt, Signage at

Nay Aug Park, Announcement from our DJ, Logo on both Websites,

Facebook Tag and Announcement of Sponsorship

Silver Sponsor:  -$750.00: Logo on our 5Kate t-shirt, Logo on both

Websites, Facebook Tag and Announcement of Sponsorship

Bronze Sponsor:  - $500.00: Logo on our 5Kate t-shirt and Logo

on both Websites

Copper Sponsor: -$250.00: Logo on both Websites

Step and Repeat Sponsor: $100.00: Logo on photo backdrop;

“Picture Perfect” moment helping others unmask mental illness


     If you would like to make a donation, please visit

or mail a check payable to The Katie Foundation to P.O. Box 3204 Scranton, PA 18505.  If you have any questions or would like to discuss our event and cause further, please call Sarah Shoener at 267-255-3507 or email us at

To register right now please go to

     Thank you in advance, we appreciate your support! Together we can shine a light on mental illness!


              The Katie Foundation & NAMI Scranton Board Members