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October 19, 2011 - Aurora Mental Health Center 'Living Life to the Fullest'

What: The Aurora Mental Health Center handed out its awards for K-12 student artwork at a ceremony at the Red Lion Hotel on October 23. The theme for the juried art exhibit was 'Living Life to the Fullest', and prizes were presented in elementary, middle school, and high school categories, with a $100 prize awarded to the winners. The purpose of the exhibit was to highlight and bring attention to the importance of positive mental health.

Where: Red Lion Hotel, Aurora

When: Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Beneficiary: Aurora Mental Health Center

Master of Ceremonies: Larry Davila, AUMHC Board of Directors

Honoree(s): Award-winning youth artists from area school

Presenting Sponsor(s): Citywide Banks

Executive Director: CEO Randy Stith PhD

President(s): Larry Davila, board president

Speaker: Board President Larry Davila, CEO/Executive Director Randy Stith

Quote of the evening: "Painting is so much fun," Kayin Scott, art contest winner

Menu: Cheeseburgers, meatballs, vegetable and cheese platter

Hors D'Oeuvres:: Hot and cold sit-down hors d'oeuvres and a chocolate fountain from Sir Chocolate

Event Coordinator: Cindy Bohl, AUMHC

Board of Directors: For a list of the full board of directors and for more information about Aurora Mental Health, Please refer to the website at

Blacktie Photos by: Bob Fontneau

 Beryl Allee, Mandi Quinn, Laura Edwards, Melissa Sheets and Jenna Cronk accept awards
Beryl Allee, Mandi Quinn, Laura Edwards, Melissa Sheets and Jenna Cronk accept awards

'Living Life to the Fullest', the Aurora Mental Health Center's fifth annual Celebration and Art Contest and Show, was held the evening of October 19 at the Red Lion Hotel on Parker Road.  The celebration, presented by sponsor Citywide Banks, featured a juried art show with works created by K-12 students from area schools. 

As students, their families and guests looked over tables after table of their artwork, they ate hot and cold hors d'oeuvres and dessert from a chocolate fountain provided by Sir Chocolate.  It was a great opportunity for the young artists to interact with their peers and adult art appreciators, all while learning about the importance of positive mental health. 

After dinner, the award presentation was called to order by AUMHC Board President Larry Davila, and awards were presented to the winners in elementary, middle, and high school categories by Nancy Shields of presenting sponsor Citywide Banks.  The first prize winner for high school students was Mandi Quinn from Eaglecrest HS for her painting "Through the Inspiration of Others We Are Inspired."

Other first prize winners included Kristy K. (grades 7-8) of Excelsior Youth Center for "Transformation," Sergio Delgado (grades 4-6) of Vanguard Classic School for "Anyone Can Draw" and Baylie Voorhies (grades K-3) of Bennett Elementary for "Helping People."  Each winner received a gift bag and a monetary award from Citywide Banks. 

There were also second prize winners in each age group for Director's Choice Awards in addition to those selected by the jury.  But all the kids who contributed art were winners and helped to forward the Health Center's message of postive mental health.  It was truly a celebration for the kids and for their families and friends.

Following the artists' awards, AUMHC presented their 2011 awards to staff members.  Claire Hebenstreit received the Intern of the Year award and Ron Williams was recognized for his work on the administrative staff.  Laura Rossmassler was cited in Clinical Adult Services, and Trina Mauchmar was honored in Clinical Family Services.  Karen Levine was presented the Manager of the Year award.

The evening concluded with recognition of outgoing board members Suzann Reikofski and Sue Spiller, who were honored for their outstanding service to AUMHC, and the election of incoming board members. 

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