On September 22nd 2016 the Columbia River Mental Health Foundation held its first annual Awards Ceremony & Luncheon Fundraiser at the downtown Vancouver Hilton. Hundreds of community leaders and advocates attended to help us raise funds to support the important work we are striving to do within our community.
The featured speaker was Sharon D. Wise, a nationally renowned speaker & author on behavioral health issues. Ms. Wise spoke about how adverse events in childhood effect an individual’s ability to thrive & succeed in adulthood. Her life story and the way she conveyed her message was inspiring!
The luncheon established two annual community awards: The Behavioral Health Community Service Award for an individual or group who has made a significant contribution to the behavioral health community over a number of years; and The Behavioral Health Business Champion Award for a business that has made a significant contribution to the behavioral health community in the past year. This years honorees were Joan Caley and DeWils Custom Cabinetry.
We also had many event sponsors, which helped us make this luncheon a huge success. Thank you to everyone who participated, all who donated both time and money. With your generosity we will be able to do more within our community to help those who are struggling. Lives change here!