Minding Your Mind will hold our 11th Anniversary Blue Gene Gala on Sunday, October 28, 2018. We will spend the evening celebrating the power of community in education, support, recovery, and resilience.
Please RSVP by October 19, 2018
Join us for an evening of education and entertainment with the following speakers and honored guests (click the arrow for full bio):
[expand title=”Gerry Cuddy
Master of Ceremonies“]
As Minding Your Mind was beginning our work in 2007, 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.
[expand title=”Kim Porter, Executive Director, Be a Part of the Conversation“]
“When my family was impacted by addiction, our world suddenly became a dark and frightening place with little understanding of where to turn for help. Our family’s journey through recovery compelled me to explore creative ways to help raise awareness among those who often struggle in silence with a loved one’s substance use, misuse or addiction. I have found that most people have an open heart and mind, and want to learn all they can to support those who are in pain, as well as those in recovery.” Kim also serves on the Regional Advisory Board and National Alumni Leadership Council of Caron Treatment Center, and holds positions on the Advisory Board for The Bridge Way School, Pennsylvania’s only recovery high school, the Montgomery County Commissioners’ Overdose Task Force, and Philadelphia Mayor Kenney’s Task Force to Combat the Opioid Epidemic.
[expand title=”The Sefcik Family
2018 Changing Mind Awards Recipients“]
On December 1, 2010, Wendy and Steve Sefcik lost their 16 year old son T.J. to suicide. T.J. was extremely sensitive, yet also outgoing, funny, an honor student and varsity athlete. He was the life of the party, but with inner pain that he kept well hidden. Wendy and Steve along with their son Matt, created Remembering T.J.—A Story of Teen Depression, Lessons and Hope along with the rememberingtj.org website and blog. They have shared their story with over 25,000 people to raise awareness of depression and mood disorders in teens and suicide risk. They also strive to provide hope to those dealing with these issues and to those who have suffered a traumatic loss.
[expand title=”Caroline O’Halloran, Founding Editor & Publisher, SAVVY Main Line
2018 Media Advocate Award“]
Caroline created SAVVY after a long career as a journalist, editor and freelance writer. Her articles have appeared in regional newspapers, national magazines, and collegiate publications. Caroline has a longstanding interest in mental health and well-being. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Brown University where she majored in Health & Society and led a volunteer program at the state mental health institution. As a reporter and anchor, she won an Emmy for her investigative series on preteen substance abuse in Rhode Island. Through her honest and forthright reporting, she has positioned SAVVY Main Line as a leading voice in raising awareness of the opioid epidemic and its impact on the region, as well as promoting conversations about mental health and educating communities.
[expand title=”Kristen Harootunian
Minding Your Mind Speaker” ]
As a child, Kristen experienced significant trauma. When she reached her preteen years, Kristen didn’t know how to manage what she was feeling and turned to alcohol, drugs, and self-harm to mask the pain that she so desperately wanted to keep locked away. As a result of this she suffered with debilitating depression and anxiety that affected her everyday life. After going to treatment, where she learned how to replace her negative coping skills with positive ones, she worked hard to incorporate those habits into her life. Kristen, being a young person in recovery, proves it’s never too late or too early to get the help you need.
Many thanks to our 11th Anniversary Gala Committee for their work and commitment, exemplifying the power of community.