The Mental Health Association of Westchester (MHA) held its annual benefit, Autumn On The Hudson on Wednesday, Oct. 24th at X2O, Xavier’s on the Hudson. The funds raised will support MHA’s comprehensive array of mental health services.
MHA honored Georganne Chapin, President and CEO and Hudson Health Plan; Mary Beth Morrissey, MHA Board Member and President of Collaborative for Palliative Care; John B. Allen, Special Assistant to the Commissioner, NYS Office of Mental Health and Kathie Collins, MHA Volunteer, Court Appointed Special Advocates. Some 175 guests enjoyed cocktails, chef Peter Kelly’s amazing food and the great sounds of the Curtis Winchester band.
“The evening surpassed expectations,” said Board Chairmen, Norman Michaels, “We made new friends in the community, got a chance to honor some very deserving people, and celebrated the multitude of accomplishments of this past year.”
CEO, Dr. Amy Kohn agreed: “It is quite extraordinary to witness the support MHA receives from all corners of Westchester—from local businesses giving to the auction, benefit guests as well as the sponsors who are deeply committed to our mission. All make it possible to deliver the kind of caring and compassionate services MHA believes in.”
Jackie Boissonnault, CASA Program Director, shared a story about one of the children helped by the Court Appointed Special Advocates Program (CASA). The child, abused and taken from her home at just three months old, has been watched over by the same CASA volunteer since that incident some four years ago. Thanks to services which helped her heal and get stronger, and a good foster home, there is hope that the child will fully recover. $11,500 was raised to support the CASA program.
MHA is a community-based mental health agency that has been helping Westchester County residents for 66 years through direct services, professional and community education and advocacy. MHA supports 20,000 individuals annually through a comprehensive array of mental health services striving to help each individual to achieve their personal goals and to lead independent, healthy and successful lives.
Contact MHA Westchester at www.mhawestchester.org