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April 29, 2011 - Aurora Mental Health Center hosts annual Spring luncheon

What: Annual recognition and fundraising event, Living Life to the Fullest

Where: Red Lion Hotel Southeast

When: Friday, April 29, 2011

Master of Ceremonies: Ed Greene

Presenting Sponsor(s): Citywide Banks

Gala Chairperson(s): Rachel Nunez

Executive Director: and CEO: Randy Stith PhD

Staff: Chris Beasley, Psy.D., Deputy Director, Adult Outpatient Services and Information Services; Dan Dawson, Chief Financial Officer; George Gielow, Technology and Operations Director; Debbie Grace, Administrative Director; Michael Kucera, M.S., LMFT, Deputy Director Adult Services; Marvin Robbins, M.D., Medical Director; Kathie Snell, M.A., LPC, Deputy Director Child and Family Services; Richard Swanson, Ph.D., J.D., Research & Program Evaluation Director

Welcome: Board member Rachel Nunez

Speaker: Katie Broeren-Dye

Entertainment: Second City Improv Group

Sponsors: GOLD: Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado, EON Office Products; SILVER: IMA of Colorado, Incorporated; BRONZE: Arapahoe Douglas Mental Health Network; Aurora Mental Health Center's Executive Team; Behavioral Health Care, Incorporated; BKD - CPAs & Advisors; Cherry Creek Schools; Highlands Behavioral Health System; Mental Health America of Colorado; Metro Community Provider Network; Nelnet; New Vision at The Medical Center of Aurora; Sara & Howard Jarrett, Aurora; Mental Health Center Board Member

Board of Directors: Officers:Larry Dávila, President; Peter Cukale, Vice President; Gregg Fanselau, Secretary; Ruth Ryan, Treasurer; Appointed Representatives:Barbara Shannon-Banister, City of Aurora; Nancy Jackson, Arapahoe County; Jane Barber, Aurora Public Schools; Joe Miller, Cherry Creek Schools; Board of Directors Representing the Community:Linda Ashburn, Marsha Berzins, Harrison Cochran, Terry Campbell Caron, Peter Cukale, Larry Dávila, Lynn Donaldson, Gregg Fanselau, Gigi de Gala, Mary Helen Gautreaux, Jacqueline Gonzales, Regis Groff, Tim Huffman, Sara Jarrett, Sandra Knight, Lori MacKenzie, Linda Metsger, Rachel Nuñez, Nancy O'Shields, Ora Plummer, Gerry Rasel, Suzann Reikofski, Ruth Ryan, Sue Spiller, Mark Stephenson, Sudhir Verma, Kathy Zinter

Blacktie Photos by: Aurora Mental Health

 Alfonso Nunez, Rachel Nunez, Shirley Stith and Executive Director and CEO Dr. Randy Stith
Alfonso Nunez, Rachel Nunez, Shirley Stith and Executive Director and CEO Dr. Randy Stith

The Second City, Chicago's famed improvisational comedy troupe brought their own brand of humor to Aurora Mental Health Center's 7th annual benefit luncheon held today at the Red Lion Hotel Denver Southeast.


This benefit luncheon raises funds and awareness for Aurora Mental Health Center's programs and services the center provides to those in the community that need mental health care but who otherwise could not afford to pay for it.  The center's mission is to provide quality mental health care to help people of all ages, live full, productive and happy lives.  The current economic environment has created an increase in the demand for these services at a time when funding support is strained.  Last year the center provided services to more than 14,000 people.


The 7th annual luncheon was an opportunity for those who support the center to see the next generation of comic legends.  The Second City alumni includes: Alan Arkin, Joan Rivers, Robert Klein, Peter Boyle, Harold Ramis, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Martin Short, John Candy, Tina Fey, Chris Farley, Mike Myers, Stephen Colbert, and Steve Carell to name just a few.  A number of skits performed at this year's benefit were originally written by some of these comic icons.


The Second City performance included short skits and improvisational bits that included a good deal of audience participation.


As a result of this benefit luncheon, the Aurora Mental Health Center was able to raise a record amount of donations this year.  For that and their continued support, we would like to thank our sponsors and all who attended this year's luncheon.


For more information about this event, please call Cindy Bohl at (303) 617-2300 or visit their website at


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