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June 16, 2011 - Mental Health America of Colorado Kicks off 2011 Tribute Event

What: Annual patron party for Tribute fundraiser

Where: Buell mansion

When: Thursday, June 16, 2011

Time: 5:30-7 p.m.

Beneficiary: Mental Health Programs in Colorado

Honoree(s): Gwen & Moses Brewer

Gala Chairperson(s): Helene & Brian Cook

President(s): and CEO: Don Mares

Staff: Community Relations Manager: Jacy Conradt; Development Coordinator: Alyson Fetherolf; Grants & Publications Coordinator: Sara Struckman; Senior Administrative Assistant: Lori Couch; VP of Finance & Operations: June Smigel; Public Policy & Systems Advocacy: Moe Keller; Policy & Advocacy Manager: Amanda Callahan: VP of Programs: Richard Eveleigh

Catering: Three Tomatoes

Quote of the evening: 'We've come a long way, but we still have a long way to go."--Gwen Brewer, on the state of mental health care

Menu: Open faced beef tenderloin canape; rustic medley of spreads; vegetarian Spring rolls; antipasto; skewers of Mozzarella and cherry tomatoes

Attendance: 125

Attire: Business

Special Thanks: Jim Smith, Republic National Distributing for libations

Board of Directors: Daniel J. Abrams, MD; Thomas Barrett, PhD; Seth Belzley, Esq. (chair); Louise Boris; Gwendolyn Brewer; Thomas Flanagan Jr.; Dyana Furmansky; Stephen Hart; Aaron Hart Esq.; Stuart Kassan MD; Kenneth Krause MD; Katherine Kust Esq.; Herbert Merrill II, EdD; Evan Silverman; Elizabeth Soberg; Brett Spurr; Jane Tidball JD; Pegi Touff PhD; Marty Waters; Annie Wohlgenant

Blacktie Photos by: Pamela Cress

 Tribute Co-Chair Helene Cook, left, honorees Gwen and Moses Brewer and Co-Chair Brian Cook
Tribute Co-Chair Helene Cook, left, honorees Gwen and Moses Brewer and Co-Chair Brian Cook

Gwen and Moses Brewer don't do anything half way. Well-known as a philanthropic team, they are being honored for their tireless support for mental health advocacy at the 2011 "Tribute" event for Mental Health America of Colorado. It's a given that the party, which will be at the Sheraton Denver Downtown on September 22, will be full of surprises and interesting twists. Gwen is a board member for MHAC, and she and Moses made an empassioned plea to fellow planners and supporters attending the Tribute kickoff Thursday to make a special difference this year.

New President and CEO of MHAC Don Mares and Board Chair Seth Belzley helped to welcome the crowd to the beautiful Buell Mansion, and event chairs Helene and Brian Cook also got into the kickoff spirit (literally) by offering to coordinate a special wine basket comprised of top-notch wines donated by board and committee members. The Cooks and the Brewers have known each other for years, and Brian conjured up fond memories by recalling that he sold Moses a car in the '70s. "If you can imagine Moses (who is basketball star height) in a Fiat, then you'll know why this was such a fun memory for me."  

Don Mares outlined several successful programs offered by MHAC, a non-profit organization that has been providing leadership in the mental health field for 55 years:

  • Speaker's bureau, where advocates go out into the community to teach groups about mental health issues;
  • "We Can," which includes a retreat in Estes Park and ways to highlight advocacy efforts;
  • Pro bono, offering free mental health services to those who need it;
  • "Check your head," using elements of rap and hip-hop to get young people involved in developing life-saving initiatives.

Mark your calendars for September 22--Tribute will be an exciting and powerful event this year. Log on to for more information.

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