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October 01, 2012 - MHAC Tribute to Leadership 2012

What: Mental Health America of Colorado Leadership Awards

Where: Sheraton Denver Hotel, Downtown, 1550 Court Place, Denver 80202

When: Thursday October 11, 2012

Time: 5:30

Ticket Prices: $250 and up

Master of Ceremonies: Donald J. Mares

Gala Chairperson(s): Cody and Seth Belzley

Honorary Chairperson(s): Bruce K. Alexander; Patricia Baca, EdD, Cole Finegan, Dr Nancy and Sam Gary, Meyer Saltzman

Executive Director: Donald J. Mares, President and CEO

Entertainment: Bianca Mikahn

Sponsors: Presenting: Citywide Banks, Dr. Nancy & Sam Gary, Lydia & Cy Harvey, Supporting: First Bank, Wellness: Don & Patty Cook, Dr. Frank Guerra, MD., FACA & Jo Ellen Graybill, HealthOne, MillerCoors, PCL Construction

Board of Directors: Thomas Barrett, PhD; Seth Belzley, Esq.; Gwendolyn Brewer; Mary Beth Buescher; George Bussey, MD; Thomas Flanagan, Jr.; Dyana Z. Furmansky; Stephen Hart; Aaron Hyatt, Esq.; Stuart Kassan, MD; Kenneth Krause, MD; Katherine Kust, Esq.; Dennis Maes, JD; Herbert Merrill II, EdD; Chuck Reyman; Evan Silverman; Brett Spurr; Jane A. Tidball, JD; Pegi Touff; Marty Waters; Roz Wheeler-Bell, RN, BSN

Blacktie Photos by: Carol Burkett

 Paul Melinkovich, left, with Cody and Seth Belzley, event chairs
Paul Melinkovich, left, with Cody and Seth Belzley, event chairs

More than 750 guests were in attendance at Tribute to Leadership, the Mental Health America of Colorado gala, which was held at the downtown Denver Sheraton.  The event recognized the leadership of Caring For Colorado Foundation; The Colorado Health Foundation; The Colorado Trust and the Denver Foundation for the work they do in the field of mental health awareness and their contributions to the Status of Behavioral Health Care in Colorado, 2011.  Dr. Carl Clark was also recognized individually for his leadership in the mental health field.

The evening opened with a busy silent auction and then it was time for dinner.  MHAC trainer Bianca Mikahn performed her poetry for the crowd.  Donald Mares, President & CEO, welcomed the crowd and thanked the sponsors for their partnership in a unique celebration and explained how the work of the MHAC was making a difference.  Mental Health America has a long history in this field and is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

Dr. Carl Clark was recognized as the 2012 Tribute to Leadership honoree, along with Caring for Colorado Foundation, The Colorado Health Foundation, The Colorado Trust and The Denver Foundation.

Colorado has had a very difficult six months, with the wildfires, the Aurora shootings and the recent child abduction.  The MHAC website has a variety of resources available on its website, including Tips for Talking to Children and Youth after Traumatic Events which may be of help for your family.  If you or anyone you know is feeling in need of some mental health support, feel free to check out their website at; 

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