Events and Fundraisers


One of the best ways to support NAMI DuPage is to attend and support one or more of the three annual fundraising events held throughout the year. These events provide something different for everyone’s taste whether it be fine dining and dancing, running or walking, or sampling craft beer and fine wines paired with delicious hors d’oeuvres. The revenue we generate from these events helps to sustain our organization.

  • Shine A Light Gala

Event Description: The Shine a Light Gala is NAMI DuPage’s largest annual fundraising event held in May and coincides with mental health awareness month. The event includes a reception, dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions and a fund-a-need. Net proceeds from the event enables us to offer free programs to help lift individuals and families out of the shadows of mental illness with valuable resources, support, education, independence and hope as part of their path to recovery.


When: 1st Saturday in May

Where: Marriott Hotel, Naperville, IL

Attendance: 300-350 guests

Attire: Business (black tie optional)

Participation Opportunities: ticket/table purchase, individual and corporate general and specialty sponsorships, advertisement options in event program book.

Recognition Opportunities: Event Materials (Invitation, overhead video screen, website, program ad, newsletter, etc.), On-site signage, Media Outreach (press release, print, social media, etc.)


  • Run For The Mind 5k run/walk and Vendor/Health Fair


Event Description: The run/walk is one of the largest walks for mental health awareness in suburban Chicago with over 500 participants and volunteers. The event takes place in the streets of Wheaton and provides significant visibility and exposure to the community on the subject of mental health. Participants in the run/walk may carry non-offensive signage and banners related to mental health issues/causes. Co-occurring with the run/walk is a vendor/health fair located near the post-race BBQ.  Registrants, volunteers and spectators will have the opportunity to engage with sponsors participating in the vendor/health fair during pre- and post-race activities.


When: 3rd Saturday in September

Where: DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton, IL

Attendance: 500+ participants

Attire: Athletic ware/Casual

Participation Opportunities: Race/Team entry, individual and corporate sponsorships, which includes booth space at Vendor/Health Fair

Recognition Opportunities: Name/Logo on event t-shirts; signage displayed at start/finish line with name/logo; booth space at Health Expo to display company information; opportunity to provide materials for participant race packs; post-race publicity on NAMI DuPage website and in newsletter.


  • Uncorked and Uncapped Wine and Craft Beer Tasting

Event Description: Uncorked/Uncapped is a social event for adult friends, family members and co-workers to sample a variety of craft beers and fine wines that may be purchased for pick-up from a local wine/beer shop. The event is designed to bring people together and bond over a common objective of raising funds for NAMI DuPage’s mental health programs. The evening also features hors d’oeuvres and desserts prepared by NAMI DuPage’s RISE & Shine Café, a social enterprise as part of its workforce development program, and includes various raffles, a silent auction and musical entertainment.

When:  2nd Thursday on November

Where: DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton, IL

Attendance: 150-200 people

Attire: Casual

Participation Opportunities: ticket purchase, individual and corporate sponsorships

Recognition Opportunities: Event Materials (Invitation, website, newsletter, etc.), On-site signage, Media Outreach (press release, print, social media, etc.)



Would you like to fund-raise for NAMI DuPage?

NAMI DuPage encourages individuals and organizations to conduct fundraising events to benefit its programs and services for individuals and families who struggle with mental illness. Any individual or organization that organizes and hosts an event, program, promotion, sale or donation drive on behalf of and independently of NAMI DuPage is defined as a “third party fundraiser”


Click her for Form Third Party Fundraising Event Application Form