Portage Path Behavioral Health not only partners with others to make our communities stronger, we also hold events that inform, engage and support our mission.

Would you or your organization like to donate or get involved in Portage Path Behavioral Health events? Talk to us. Do you lead a group or business interested in learning more? Portage Path professionals are available to speak at your events to explain mental illness, family services and what we do to give hope.

KJ’s 5k for Mental Health and Animal Rescue

Portage Path’s one and only annual fundraiser is KJ’s 5k, which is always held on the morning of the first Saturday of October.  The event was started in 2017 by KJ’s mom, Shari Kennedy, and co-worker Chris Campos. Because KJ loved animals and loved running, a 5k devoted to preventing suicide and saving animals seemed an ideal way to honor KJ’s memory while raising awareness and increasing resources available to fight mental illness and suicide. Together, Shari and Chris approached Portage Path to partner for the 5k specifically because we provide welcoming, professional care for anyone, regardless of ability to pay. Register for the 2023 5K below – now with a 1-mile Family Fun Run/Walk option!

Pathfinder: News about the Path to Recovery

Portage Path invites the community to Pathfinder several times per year as a way to educate the community about services available.  These are non-fundraising networking and information sessions with complimentary appetizers and drinks followed by a short presentation about a specific topic. Pathfinder is always held from 4:45 pm to 5:45 pm at Portage Path’s main location, 340 South Broadway Street, Akron, Ohio 44308.

Dates for planned Pathfinder events will be posted here, and invitations will be sent.  

Mental Health & Wellness Speakers Bureau

Portage Path has a large staff of M.D., Ph.D., and Master’s level experts in all areas of mental health and substance use disorders. As a service to the community, and to help educate the public about the importance of mental health for a healthy life, we are happy to arrange presentations at your event or place of business, tailored to your needs.  To schedule a presentation, please contact the Marketing Director at


Our events are attended by a large number of Akron and Summit County residents, community leaders, business leaders, and those interested in strengthening our community and economy.  If you would like to sponsor one or more of our events, or be added to the invitation lists to make sure you do not miss any, please contact the Marketing Director at