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Long Island Runners Join Together to Make a Difference This May During Mental Health Awareness Month

Communities Unite for 27th Annual 5K Runday in support of CN Guidance and Counseling Services

Hicksville, NY (May 31, 2019) – Men, women, and children from across Long Island took part in the Barbara Bartell Memorial 5K Runday on May 25th in support of CN Guidance and Counseling Services—a nonprofit organization that provides wide-ranging services to families and individuals facing mental health and/or substance use disorders.

This year’s event opened at 8:00AM with Nassau County Legislator Rose Marie Walker, who each year provides the numerous children participating in the Fun Run a warm inspiring welcome. The Fun Run was followed by the highly anticipated start of the Long Island Running Series, Greater Long Island Running Club, and USATF-sanctioned 5K run at 8:30am, kicked off by inspirational words from Nassau County Legislator Arnold Drucker. Local members of the community – including Ms. Bartell’s family – cheered for the runners as they proceeded through the streets of Hicksville, which is home to CN Guidance and Counseling Services.

Jeffrey Friedman, Chief Executive Officer of CN Guidance & Counseling said, “The support that we feel from the community each year is incredible. “The energy and enthusiasm for this event year after year is a true testament to the commitment of our community to our long-term goals of serving people who are struggling with mental health and substance use disorders. We deeply thank everyone who participated.”

Race Director, Carl Grossbard and Mark Seiden, local residents who serve as board members of CN Guidance, played a major role in organizing the Runday, spreading the word about the event, and garnering sponsorships and donations. The 2019 run raised thousands of dollars for the nonprofit’s cause, helping thousands of Long Islanders with mental health and substance abuse issues.

CN Guidance would like to thank the sponsors of the Barbara Bartell 5K Runday including: M&T Bank, Cook Maran, Alcott HR, Mark Seiden, Reliable Industries Corp., Watral Brothers, Inc., Farrell Fritz, Inland Building Company, LMJ Management and Construction Inc., The B&G Group, Formation Concrete & General Construction, Inc., Atlantic Chevrolet, Pamela Driscoll & Kathryn Mandelli, Pyramid Air Conditioning Inc., AWS Plumbing Heating & Cooling, Utility Wonder Products, Electronix Systems, Massapequa Junior Women’s Club, Wilbur Kranz, Schroder & Strom, LLP, Bravo Construction Corp., Linda & Tom Avignone, A Woman’s Way Gynecology, Certified Laboratories, Monahan & Company CPA’s P.C., LDI, P&W Electric Inc., Allied Roofing Systems, Mosquito Joe, Superior Air Conditioning & Heating Systems Inc. , Danny E. Harner, D.F. Stone Contracting, Stifel, Panzner Demo & Abatement, Thomas Martin Plumbing & Heating.

Gift In-Kind donors included: Jonathan Lord Cheesecakes & Desserts, Panera Bread, iLoveKickboxing.com, Best Market, La Bottega Italian Gourmet, Ben’s, Stuff A Bagel, Stew Leonard’s, Miko Japanese & Steakhouse, John’s Farms, Town Bagel, DiCarlo Food Service, Runner’s Edge, Sayville Smithtown Running Company, Vincent’s Clam Bar, Bagel Boss, Central Avenue Gourmet Deli, W.B. Mason, Picaboo, Patrizia’s, Pantano’s. Hahn’s Old Fashioned Cake Company, Jonas Chiropractic and Vitality Bowls of Plainview.

About CN Guidance & Counseling Services: Established in 1972, the purpose of CN Guidance & Counseling Services, a nonprofit organization, and the only state Certified Community Behavioral Health Center on Long Island, is to inspire and catalyze recovery for people living with mental health and substance use conditions through innovative and person-centered integrated clinical treatment, counseling, housing and support services—empowering those served to live healthy and fulfilling lives.

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