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May 11, 2012 - Uplifting Awards Ceremony with ADMHN

What: Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network's 11th Annual Mental Health Benefit Luncheon

Where: Inverness Hotel

When: Friday, May 11, 2012

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Ticket Prices: $75 individual tickets

Beneficiary: ADMHN

EMCEE: April Zesbaugh

Executive Director: Scott Thoemke

President(s): Todd Helvig

Sponsors: Citywide Banks, Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado, Behavioral Healthcare, Inc, City of Glendale, IREA, and Lockton Companies, LLC

Attire: Business casual

Board of Directors: Todd Helvig, President; Capt. Atilla C Denes, Vice President; Robert L Ireland, Secretary/Treasurer; Thomas J Flanagan, Jr; Wayne Barnard; Nita Brown; Mario A Harding; Kelli Kane; Jeffrey Nelson; Patricia Opper; Capt. Vince Sauter; Carla Vellos; Melanie Worley

Blacktie Photos by: Chad Chisholm

 Scott Thoemke, left, with Senator Linda Newell and April Zesbaugh
Scott Thoemke, left, with Senator Linda Newell and April Zesbaugh

The Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network 11th Annual Mental Health Benefit Luncheon at Inverness Hotel and Conference Center lent hope to all those in attendance. Celebrating the work of community leaders of the year as well as the day-to-day or of those involved with ADMHN, the luncheon was lighthearted and spirited in the Denver Tech Center.

Senator Linda Newell received the Distinguished Service Award while John Vellos accepted the Pat Echtermeyer Community Hero Award. Long-time Executive Director/CEO Scott Thoemke joked that he got his master’s degree at age seven, so he couldn’t be as old as everyone thought he was. Noting the great rate of growth for ADMHN, Scott applauded the efforts of everyone that resulted in new buildings in Castle Rock and Parker as well as remodels in every facility in the network.

April Zesbaugh of 850 KOA pointed out the unique Watering Can Project, with each can going for $35, while some resulted in bidding wars that raised over $100 for the hand-painted pieces of artwork.

ADMHN offers comprehensive mental health services for adutls, seniors, families and children, including counseling, case management, victim services and much more. To learn more about ADMHN, visit

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