Fountain House Fall Fete

EVENT DETAILS

The Associates Committee of Fountain House hosted their fifth annual Fall Fête on Thursday, November 1, 2012. This event served to introduce a new audience of young professionals to Fountain House’s comprehensive mental health model and its mission to fight the stigma associated with mental illness.

EVENT DETAILS

The Associates Committee of Fountain House hosted their fifth annual Fall Fête on Thursday, November 1, 2012. This event served to introduce a new audience of young professionals to Fountain House’s comprehensive mental health model and its mission to fight the stigma associated with mental illness.

The event Chairs were Byrdie Bell, Jeremy L. Goldstein, Sarah Simmons Goldstein, Kathleen and Reha Kocatas, Jennifer Oken, Lil Phillips, Madeleine Potvin and Alexandre Desmarais, Katie Tozer, Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, and Katie Zorn.

The event was generously sponsored by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Lilly USA, LLC.

The program featured Fountain House’s successful Supported Education Program and highlighted its Associates Scholarship Award Fund, which was established last year. Board Member and Co-Chair Jeremy Goldstein remarked, “Over the past 5 years, we, the Associates, have come to know Fountain House and the impact it has on people’s lives. Inspired by this, we created the Associates Scholarship Fund. Each year we award scholarships to two Fountain House members whose education had been interrupted by their illness.”

Co-Chair Katie Tozer awarded this year’s scholarship recipients, Heather Hynes and Alexis Preston. Heather is currently studying commercial photography at LaGuardia Community College and will graduate in the Spring of 2014. Alexis is attending The New School University and will graduate next year with a major in early education.

Mario Maccioni, vice president of LC International, the restaurant group that owns Le Cirque, was the guest speaker. Mr. Maccioni talked candidly about his depression and recounted the story of how he and his wife, Maria, met when they were patients at New York-Presbyterian/Westchester Hospital in White Plains. Mr. Maccioni’s courage in speaking out about his experiences with mental illness made him the perfect choice for the evening’s program.

Serious mental illness affects 23 million people in the United States each year. The stigma, rejection, and isolation that accompany mental illness are often as damaging and debilitating as the illness itself.

Fountain House reduces the devastating social impact of mental illness. Every day, hundreds of members, people living with serious mental illness, choose to come to Fountain House to contribute their talents, learn new skills, access opportunities, and forge friendships.

Members and staff operate successful employment, education, wellness, and housing programs and work as partners to perform all the functions that keep our community going. Our activities and programs are designed to provide opportunities and, at the same time, produce the desire and confidence to pursue them. Working together, we create a culture that transforms lives.

The Fountain House model has been replicated in more than 400 locations in 30 countries and 32 states and currently serves more than 55,000 people with mental illness worldwide. As originators of this approach, we provide leadership by constantly advancing the practice and by leading the conversation around mental health recovery.

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