Today the National Alliance on Mental illness held its kick-off luncheon for its 2019 Steps Against Stigma Walk. This is the fifth year for the September event. This walk is one of the major fundraisers of the year. Executive Director, Hope Haney says this year the event is a lot bigger, with more people, and more activities. HOPE HANEY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: “THIS YEAR WE HAVE THE SCRAPPERS MASCOT COMING, THE PHANTOMS MASCOT COMING, WE’RE HAVING CLOWNS, WE’RE HAVING THOMAS JOHN AND HE IS GOING TO DO AN ELECTRIC SLIDE DANCE CONTEST. Haney says this year the goal is to raise eighteen-thousand the program.