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May 16, 2012 - MHAC Pro Bono Outreach Program Celebrates 25 Years

What: Reception to celebrate 25th anniversary of Mental Health America of Colorado's Pro Bono Counseling and Referral Program and its staff, volunteers and supporters

Where: JW Marriott Cherry Creek Hotel

When: Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Patron tickets: $75; Young Professional tickets: $50

Beneficiary: MHAC Pro Bono Counseling and Referral Program

Catering: JW Marriott Cherry Creek Hotel

Menu: Slider station: shaved prime rib slide with horseradish aioli, shaved teriyaki chicken with Asian slaw, crab cake with remoulade...House-baked brick-oven pizza station: margherita, pepperoni and fennel sausage options...Farmer's market vegetable station: assorted raw vegetables served in spears and on skewers for dipping, plus shooters of herb dip with traditional hummus

Attendance: 100

Attire: Business casual

Hors D'Oeuvres:: Brie tartines: strawberry, grape, mango chutney; Caprese skewer with balsamic glace; sashimi tuna tartare: sweet soy, cucumber; fried white-truffle mac-and-cheese fritters


Event Coordinator: Mary Catherine Moss

Board of Directors: Stuart Kassan, MD, chair; Dyana Z. Furmansky, chair-elect; Pegi Touff, secretary; Stephen Hart, treasurer; Thomas Barrett; Seth Belzley; Gwendolyn Brewer; Thomas Flanagan, Jr.; Aaron Hyatt; Kenneth Krause, MD; Katherine Kust; Dennis Maes; Herbert Merrill II; Evan Silverman; Brett Spurr; Jane A. Tidball; Marty Waters; Roz Wheeler-Bell; Annie V. Wohlgenant

Blacktie Photos by: Lisa Perry

 l to r): Board member Roz Wheeler-Bell, Jeff Zinn, Bernard Grant and board member Pegi Touff
l to r): Board member Roz Wheeler-Bell, Jeff Zinn, Bernard Grant and board member Pegi Touff

Marking a milestone 25 years helping 25,000 Coloradans, Mental Health America of Colorado’s Pro Bono Counseling and Referral Program staff honored its volunteers and supporters at a convivial reception on Wednesday, May 18. Around 100 gathered at the JW Marriott Cherry Creek Hotel to catch up with old friends and meet newcomers associated with the program dedicated to providing mental health services for those in need. 

On a cool, late-spring evening, guests noshed on flavorful bites and small plates at the hotel’s indoor-outdoor, terrace-and-patio area—the firepit was a mecca for numerous chats. MHAC representatives took the mic during a short, informal program that focused on the stellar work of volunteers, as well as the overall progress and future of the pro bono outreach program. Speakers included board member and sponsor Dr. Kenneth Krause; MHAC president and CEO, Don Mares; and 25-year volunteer Sandra Rhodes. The crowd had a chance to hear first-hand of the positive impact of the program, as a grateful client spoke about how services positively helped him and his wife overcome personal obstacles.

Mental Health America of Colorado, incorporated in 1953, began setting the stage for mental health leadership in the state. Since its founding, the organization has been changing community attitudes about mental health; replacing the one-time hopelessness of a mental health diagnosis with hope, recovery and fulfilled lives.

For 25 years, the Pro Bono Outreach Program has coordinated mental health services to children, families, and seniors who are low-income, experiencing homelessness, and who could otherwise not afford those services.  Volunteers have provided services to 25,000, and the nonprofit and organization host sites have donated meeting space so that their clients may benefit from the program. The Denver program is supplemented by locations in Pueblo and Glenwood Springs. For more information, please visit:

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