More than 200 guests gathered for Fountain House’s eighth annual Associates Fall Fête at the Racquet and Tennis Club. This event introduces and educates young professionals about our “working community” treatment model for mental illness and our mission to fight stigma.
Top row: Angela Clofine, Katie Tozer, and Lil Phillips Center: Jeremy Goldstein Bottom row: Jennifer Oken, Katie Zorn, and Florence Peyrelongue
Austin Stark, a producer, writer, and director, received the Fountain House Advocacy Award on Tuesday night. Founder of the New York City film production and finance company, Paper Street Films, Austin has produced nine films over the last six years. His recent film, Infinitely Polar Bear, starring Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana, portrays the struggles of a family living with mental illness. Ending stigma is a critical (but achievable) goal that mental health advocates, like Austin, continue to fight for.
A Fountain House member, Billy Wallace, received the Danny Zorn Scholarship at Fall Fête. Billy’s college education was temporarily interrupted because of his illness. However, he was able to participate in and complete the Fountain House College Re-Entry program, which is a one-of-a-kind program that aims to bridge the gap between clinical health services and educational institutions. Billy is now working towards earning his degree in accounting as a full-time student.
People living with mental illness unfortunately face many barriers to continuing their education—more than 70% of college students currently living with mental illness drop out before earning a degree. That’s why here at Fountain House, our staff work diligently to provide educational services through the Supported Education program and College Re-Entry to ensure educational opportunity for our members. Thanks to our generous donors, the event planning staff, and our event chairs, nearly $850,000 has been raised through Fall Fête to help support our members’ educational dreams.