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The honorary chair was Dawn Crouch, local leader and board member of Austin Recovery. Well respected attorney Clarke Heidrick was the emcee. He shared how the 1963 legislation drastically changed the delivery of mental health services and inspired a new era of national optimism. As part of Kennedy's New Frontier, the act gave grants to establish comprehensive community mental health centers instead of state hospitals and institutions. She is writing her first book, a memoir about her prideful heritage, private family and the interconnectedness with mental illness.
As a first generation Persian American, she told a compelling story about her family dynamics because mental illness is not recognized in Iran. She drove herself to exhaustion trying to navigate the healthcare system alone to assist her brother's debilitating struggles with mental illness and intellectual disabilities.
"Drugs and therapy help me live," she said. "We can improve lives by educating others.""Mental illness is a family issue, affecting everyone," said Neil Diaz, event chair and board member. "Our goal is to assist youth and their families in overcoming obstacles and obtaining productive lives."
12th annual Bridging the Gap gala benefits New Milestones
Founded in 1983, New Milestones Foundation works in partnership with Austin Travis County Integral Care to expand awareness, eliminate stigma and raise funding for mental illness, intellectual and developmental disabilities or substance abuse disorders.
"Looking Back, Moving Forward, a Retrospectacular" was the theme at New Milestones Foundation's 12th annual Bridging the Gap benefit. Marking the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's Community Mental Health Act, more than 340 supporters gathered at the Four Seasons Hotel.
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Corseted "Gibson Girls" sold 'Game of Chance' Cracker Jacks and surprise gift bags. The silent auction showcased Kendra Scott earrings, tickets to Sea World and a trip to Coushatta Casino Resort.
University of Texas football game and a colonial home stay in Guanajuato, Mexico.
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Mandarin Flower Company created festive 1960s arrangements. Partygoers enjoyed a Copacabana cocktail reception and seated dinner of short ribs. Musician Ava Arenella sang nostalgic, mid century Nike Cap Black
got relief after suffering for 10 years. She said,
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