National Alliance on Mental Illness event in September

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NAMI Mid-Hudson Honors Local Partners and Volunteers

Poughkeepsie, NY (August 15, 2017) – NAMI Mid-Hudson will hold its Second Annual Gala on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 from 5 – 9 pm at The Grand View, located on the Poughkeepsie waterfront. Keynote speaker, Kevin Hines, winner of a Lifetime Achievement Award and best-selling author of Cracked Not Broken will share his story of an unlikely survival after jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge in 2000.

“It is an honor to have Kevin Hines come and speak at our annual NAMI Mid-Hudson Gala. Kevin’s message to ‘Find Help. Find Hope.’ supports our NAMI Mission. His compelling and
inspirational story encourages us all to be compassionate members of our community and to celebrate life,” said Tina Lee, Executive Director of NAMI Mid-Hudson.

In addition to Hines, the evening will feature the presentation of five recognition awards. Margaret Hirst, LCSW-R, Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Behavioral and
Community Health and Director of Community Services for Dutchess County is the recipient of this year’s 2017 HOPE Award: Honoring Our Partners’ Excellence for her commitment to advocate for patient-centered, recovery-oriented mental health programs. Hirst and her department were also instrumental in the opening of the Dutchess County Stabilization Center.

Jeremy Wilber, the longest serving Woodstock Town Supervisor, will be posthumously awarded the 2017 Catalyst for Change Award. In 2014, NAMI Mid-Hudson spearheaded Ulster’s first Crisis Intervention Training, an additional forty-hour mental health training for law enforcement with the help of Wilber’s efforts.

Also, three 2017 Volunteers of the Year Awards are being presented to Mary Evans, Suzanne Thing, and Marjorie Tortorella.

“Recipients were chosen based on their exemplary commitment and dedication to supporting and furthering NAMI Mid-Hudson’s mission,” said Lee. “These individuals have opened the
doors for NAMI Mid-Hudson to build critical partnerships, sustain and expand our NAMI programs in both Dutchess and Ulster counties.”

The Gala includes a silent auction and is a major fundraiser for NAMI Mid-Hudson. Funds raised will support current FREE evidence based programs: Family-to-Family, NAMI Basics, and Peer-to-Peer as well as Ending the Silence: a mental health literacy program for high school students, educators, and parents that change attitudes and saves lives.

Monies raised will also continue to train volunteer facilitators for NAMI Programs and support the Crisis Intervention Training in Dutchess and Ulster Counties.

“We hope to raise enough revenue to expand our ‘Ending the Silence’ program in Dutchess and Ulster Counties and to fund a new program: ‘In Our Own Voice,’ a unique recovery educational
presentation that offers hope and provides insight into the recovery possible for people with mental illness,” said Lee. Lee added, “An in-kind donation of a video projector, laptop and
speakers for this program would allow NAMI Mid-Hudson to offer this program in remote areas and to a larger scale audience.”

NAMI, The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation’s largest grassroots 501(c)(3) mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for millions of Americans affected by mental illnesses and their loved ones. NAMI Mid-Hudson is the local affiliate serving residents and families in Dutchess & Ulster counties.

Tickets are $100 a person or $950 for a table of ten and must be purchased by September 7th, 2017. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Tickets may be purchased: online by credit card or
PayPal at; by calling 845.206.9892, or mailing a check to NAMI-MH, PO Box 787, Poughkeepsie NY 12602. To make a tax-deductible donation directly to NAMI Mid-Hudson, please visit: or call 845.206.9892.

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