Minding Your Mind will hold our 10th Anniversary Blue Gene Gala on Sunday, September 24, 2017. We are fortunate to be celebrating where it all began as we return to Temple Beth Hillel, the home of our very first public forum in 2007. The evening will include a retrospective of our development as an organization and what has been accomplished through the support of our dedicated donors and the communities that have welcomed our programs these past ten years.
Please RSVP by September 9, 2017
Join us for an evening of education and entertainment with the following honored guests (click the arrow for full bio):
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Alan Schwarz is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist best known for his reportage of public health issues for The New York Times. His 130-article series on concussions in sports is roundly credited with revolutionizing the handling of head injuries in professional and youth sports, and was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. He followed that work with a series on A.D.H.D. and other psychiatric disorders in children, which also was considered for a Pulitzer and led to his book “A.D.H.D. NATION: Children, Doctors, Big Pharma and the Making of an American Epidemic.”
A recognized expert on the use of mathematics and probability in journalism, Mr. Schwarz has lectured at dozens of universities and professional conferences about these subjects, including at the U.S. National Institutes of Health and a keynote at the Andrew Wiles Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford. Mr. Schwarz, who holds a bachelor of arts degree in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania, was honored by the American Statistical Association in 2013 with its Lifetime Excellence in Statistical Reporting Award and serves on editorial boards of the ASA and the Royal Statistical Society.
A native of Scarsdale, N.Y., Mr. Schwarz, 49, lives with his family in Manhattan.
[expand title=”Gerry Cuddy
Master of Ceremonies“]
As Minding Your Mind was beginning our work ten years ago, Beneficial Bank was the first corporate sponsor to come forward and prioritize mental health education in our communities. We are grateful that our dear friend Gerry Cuddy, president and CEO of Beneficial Bank, will once again act as Master of Ceremonies for the Blue Gene Gala. Gerry is a faithful ally and benefactor of Minding Your Mind. If you’ve attended a gala in the past, you will recognize Gerry and no doubt look forward to his presence as he hosts our event with passion and humor.
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2017 Changing Mind Awards Recipients“]
In May of 2010, Andrea and Chip Craig lost their son, Kyle, to suicide, and Derek and Jordan lost their brother. Kyle was a dynamic friend to many; a bright, handsome, and gifted individual across music and athletics, but whose strength of character enabled his growing struggles to be hidden from view. The grief over his shocking loss was transformed into action with the establishment of A Celebration of Life, an event designed to honor Kyle’s love of music, friendship, and celebrations while raising awareness of mental health issues. The first A Celebration of Life was held in 2011 at Vanderbilt University. Since then, it has expanded to New York City and Philadelphia, with plans to add Boston in May of 2018. This annual event has raised over $300,000 for Minding Your Mind, reaching thousands of individuals to promote the importance of mental health education and suicide prevention programs.
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10th Anniversary Media Advocate Award“]
For 30 years, Emmy Award-winning journalist Tracy Davidson has been connecting with people through her position as a news-anchor and as a highly inspiring empowerment speaker. Tracy co-anchors NBC10 News Today weekdays from 4am to 7am in the Philadelphia area. In addition to her work as a trusted news anchor, Tracy’s mission in life is to empower women both personally and professionally. She has been a dedicated supporter and devoted friend to Minding Your Mind by raising awareness of our programs and promoting events that benefit the greater Philadelphia community.
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Minding Your Mind Speaker” ]
Jordan is a public speaker who discusses the mental health issues and disorders that affect so many of us. He is a survivor of a suicide attempt during his senior year in high school and shares his powerful story of fighting depression and finding recovery. His presentation is meant to inspire, educate and allow others to know they’re not alone.
Jordan was one of Minding Your Mind’s first two young adult speakers and his story will be especially significant as we celebrate our 10th anniversary.
Many thanks to our 10th Anniversary Gala Committee for their efforts in making this event a fitting tribute to our history and promise for our future.
We are grateful to the Sponsors that have provided their support to celebrate our 10th Anniversary. Their generosity ensures Minding Your Mind’s ability to fulfill our goal of ending the stigma and destructive behaviors surrounding mental health through education.