Team NOMC took part in the 6th Annual NAMI WALK New Orleans on Saturday, October 24th in Audubon Park.
The New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic partners with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for their annual NAMI WALKS fundraiser. The NOMC Team aka The “Funky Butts” (In memory of the famed cornetist Charles “Buddy” Bolden) will be second lining to raise money for NAMI’s no- cost services and programs for persons with mental illness and their families. NAMI and the NOMC will half all funds raised by Team NOMC.
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Check In Time: 9:00 AM Start Time: 10:00 AM
*Walk will take place rain or shine!*
Location: Audubon Park, 6500 Magazine Street, Newman Bandstand / Shelter #10
Total Distance: 1.8 Mile SecondLine (led by the New Birth Brass Band!) Walkers may walk shorter distances.
Ample parking available in & around Audubon park.
Event to feature refreshments, music, family activities, raffle, silent auction, and much more!
In New Orleans, SecondLines promote community mental health by releasing the type of endorphin that helps reduce feelings of melancholy.
SAD HISTORY OF NOLA MUSICIANS LOST TO MENTAL ILLNESS
JAMES BOOKER: THE BAYOU MAHARAJAH
With his unique style on the keys – combining rhythm and blues with jazz standards – James Booker attracted audiences all over the world. In private, however, he self-medicated his mental illness with alcohol and drugs. In 1983, at the age of 43, Booker was left unattended for several hours in Charity Hospital’s Emergency Room resulting in his tragic and untimely death.
The New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic, in partnership with NAMI New Orleans, aims to prevent death by lifestyle and seek to help those with preventable or treatable illness by providing comprehensive medical care and social/mental health services to our patients.