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May 03, 2013 - AuMHC Spring Luncheon: "Living Life to the Fullest" with Humor

What: 9th annual spring benefit luncheon featuring performance by comedy troupe

Where: Red Lion Hotel Denver Southeast

When: Friday, May 3, 2013

Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $100 individual

Beneficiary: Aurora Mental Health Center

EMCEE: Ed Greene, CBS4 weather and news anchor

Presenting Sponsor(s): Citywide Banks

Gala Chairperson(s): Rachel Nunez, AUMCH board member and event chair

Welcome: Rachel Nunez, AuMHC board of directors

Speaker: Dr. Randy Stith, AuMHC CEO & Executive Director; U.S. Congressman Mike Coffman

Catering: Red Lion Hotel Denver Southeast

Entertainment: The Capitol Steps, an equal opportunity troupe that happily slams both sides of the political aisle

Sponsors: Gold: EON Office; Silver: Wave Visuals; Bronze: Arapahoe-Douglas Mental Health Network, Aurora Mental Health Center's Executive Team, Behavioral Health Care, Incorporated, CB Richard Ellis, Cherry Creek Schools, Children’s Hospital of Colorado, Community College of Aurora Foundation, Community Reach Center, The Hanson Group, Highlands Behavioral Health System, IMA of Colorado, The Kenneth King Foundation, Mental Health America of Colorado, Metro Community Provider Network, Nelnet, Titan CM Solutions LLC, Tolin Mechanical

Menu: Tropical grilled chicken salad: grilled chicken breast served on field greens with pineapple-papaya relish, accompanied by a choice of ranch and tropical-mango dressings; BLT & avocado sandwich: applewood-smoked bacon, fresh tomato, sliced avocado and lettuce on white bread; oven-roasted potatoes rubbed in seasonal herbs; vegetarian option: tri-color tortellini, sun-dried tomato-spinach semolina stuffed with ricotta, romano, parmesan cheese and sun-dried tomato cream sauce; dessert: New York-style cheesecake with fresh berry garnish; layered carrot cake

Attendance: 300

Attire: Business, luncheon

Information:; 303-617-2300

Board of Directors: Officers: Larry Dávila, President; Peter Cukale, Vice-President; Harrison Cochran, Secretary; Terry Campbell Caron,Treasurer; Appointed representatives: Barbara Shannon-Banister, City of Aurora; Nancy Jackson, Arapahoe County; Jane Barber, Aurora Public Schools; Joe Miller, Cherry Creek Public Schools...for a complete list of members, please visit:

Blacktie Photos by: Lisa Perry

 U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, with Debbie Stafford (middle) and board treasurer Terry Campbell-Carn
U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, with Debbie Stafford (middle) and board treasurer Terry Campbell-Carn

Aurora Mental Health Center’s annual spring benefit luncheon traditionally highlights its positive impact and good works in May, National Mental Health Awareness month. But at this year’s ninth annual version, speakers remembered Aurora’s emotional worst as a city with stories about the best work among first responders, city officials, supporters and AuMHC, all rallying to help those involved in the last July’s theater tragedy. On Friday, May 3, nearly 300 had a chance to remember the past, honor the present and continue to move forward. 

With good-humored emcee Ed Greene at the helm and a comedy troupe as the afternoon’s entertainment, the program easily segued from memories and positive highlights into the lighter side of life. Event chair and board member Rachel Nunez welcomed the crowd to the Red Lion Hotel Denver Southeast and spoke about AuMHC’s efforts to provide care to those in need, and U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman talked briefly about the impact of the events of last summer. Randy Stith, AuMHC’s CEO, took time to thank board members and supporters. This year’s video featured AuMHC’s work, the teamwork among agencies, workers and officials, and individual anecdotes about Aurora’s recovery and resilience.

Elected officials and honored guests attending included: Aurora City Council members Barbara Cleland, Molly Markert, Brad Pierce, Bob Broom, Bob LeGare, Sally Mounier, Renie Peterson and Debi Hunter Holen; Aurora City Mayor Steve Hogan, Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates and Aurora Fire Chief Mike Garcia. Also present were Dave Willman, of the Cherry Creek Board of Education; Jane Barber, Mary Lewis Jeanette Carmany, and Cathy Wildman, of the Aurora Public Schools Board of Education; and APS Superintendent John Barry. Stephanie Cross, of U.S. Senator Mark Udalls’ office, also attended the event. After a delicious lunch and call for donations, guests were able to sit back and enjoy the absurdity of politics and hot topics watching an energetic performance by the laugh-inducing antics of The Capitol Steps

Aurora Mental Health Center is a private, nonprofit community mental-health organization with a goal to promote mental health, and to treat those affected by mental illness. Since 1975, AuMHC has provided an array of proven mental health services to children, adults and families needing professional guidance. To promote a healthy mental well-being, the center offers wellness and life-coaching classes, and provides appropriate treatment and counseling services.

AuMHC continues to develop new services and treatment approaches as well as enhance existing programs to achieve the highest quality of care. By partnering with businesses, churches, schools and other caregivers through its referral process, the center is able to reach and help more individuals receive the proper care they deserve. The ultimate goal: to help everyone, regardless of circumstances, overcome mental illness of all severities and types, and live life to the fullest. For more information, or to learn more about AuMHC’s continuing efforts to serve those impacted by the events of last July, please visit, or call 303-617-2300.

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