On behalf of Green Door, thank you for your generous contribution in support of our 2015 Remarkable Journeys Gala on May 6, 2015. We were overwhelmed by the generosity of our supporters and attendees. With your contributions, Green Door has reached an unofficial Gala total of $610,000 along with an historic record breaking 350 attendees – our most successful event in its history!
We want to extend our thanks to Doreen Gentzler for emceeing the event and for her ongoing series Changing Minds that educates millions on mental illness. Our gratitude goes out to Senators Blunt and Stabenow for their ongoing support in improving Americans’ access to mental health treatment. We are thankful for the many years Stephen Baron lead the DC Department of Behavioral Health and helped to improve partnerships between the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department and responses in dealing with our mentally ill clients. And last but not least, our particular thanks to Pete and Kevin Earley for sharing their personal experiences in navigating mental illness and our healthcare system. It is stories such as theirs and our clients that bring more awareness to the public and help to end the stigma that is mental illness.
Together with Green Door clients like Brian Pitts, Charmette Hall, Lynda Rush, Hilman Jordan and Jacqulyn Turner, who were featured in program, Kevin helped to put a face on mental illness. I want to echo Pete’s heartfelt thanks “to people such as you, who can look beyond the madness and recognize my son and others who have these illnesses for who they are: our sons and daughters, our brothers and sister, our fathers and mothers, our friends and our colleagues, who deserve our help and support and, like my son did for me, make us better people because of their resilience.”
For all of our 1,800 clients, recovery is gained day-by-day. Your contribution is a critical part of our ability to continue serving the people who come to us each day for help. Pete called Kevin his hero, and graciously said “Green Door helps people become heroes.” Thank you so very much for making our work possible by supporting our gala and our community members who are meeting the challenges of living with mental illness every day.
With deepest gratitude,
Richard R. Bebout, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Check out the pictures from this year’s Gala here!