National Alliance on Mental Illness Statewide Walk 2013

May 2013

GFS Events was engaged as the State Walk Manager for the 2013 Washington State Walk for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

GFS coordinated all business sponsorships and assisted the walk Committee and the NAMI Board in best practices for securing sponsorships. We worked with Board and Walk Committee to introduce and implement new fundraising ideas and help teams with their fundraising goals. GFS coordinated all publicity for the Walk including social media, constant contact, website, print, television, and other media outlets. GFS raised over $65,000 in sponsorships which was the highest number of sponsorships ever raised for NAMI Washington in its 9 year walk history. GFS helped raise a total of over $200,000 overall for the Walk

National Alliance on Mental Illness Washington Walk Links

“GFS Events was fabulous!  Our event manager had to leave suddenly but the GFS Events Team was able to get us back on course in a flash and the 2013 NAMI Walk was a huge success!”



Barb Thompson
Executive Director, NAMI Eastside


My recommendation for GFS Events is two-fold. As a walker at the NAMI event, they served the day as the consummate professional, coordinating the various aspects of a busy day with the calm demeanor of a true professional. Every detail came off without a hitch because GFS Events had a personal role in making sure everything had been confirmed before the moment of crisis. They even stayed up the night before to pray for good weather. As the journalist who helped coordinate media coverage of the event, GFS Events was accessible and detailed in their                                                                responsibility.  I have only four words to sum up my experience with Gazala and                                              her team at the NAMI Walk ’13: It was my pleasure.

Dan Aznoff


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“I cannot recommend GFS Events highly enough. They approached the NAMI Walk of Washington with drive, diplomacy and integrity. They are reliable, positive, and hard working and they do an excellent job representing our organization in the community. We were extremely lucky to work with GFS Events this year. I hope that we are able to contract with them for future events.”
Christine Lindquist
Executive Director, NAMI Greater Seattle