BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Actor Richard Dreyfus spoke to more than 450 people at Boca West Country Club as part of his campaign to break the “stigma” of mental illness.
Read on for the details direct Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service:
Academy-award winner Richard Dreyfuss, who lives with bipolar disorder, keynoted an important new event aimed at breaking the stigma of mental illness while benefiting the comprehensive mental health services of Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service (JFS). Dreyfuss shared his personal experiences and gave a call to action at the first JFS Reflections of Hope Luncheon on February 21, 2013 at Boca West Country Club. He spoke before an enthusiastic audience of nearly 450 at the event, which sold out weeks beforehand.
“With compassion and pride, we offered our guests an afternoon of hope, inspiration and possibility,” said Deborah Steinberg, who co-chaired the luncheon with Judi Donoff and Nancy Schiller. “JFS welcomes all who need help, with a sliding fee scale for psychiatric care, psychological evaluation, counseling, support groups, and our remarkable Welcome Home drop-in program – essential services too often out of reach even for those with insurance.”
“As the daughter of a schizophrenic mother and the mother of a schizophrenic daughter, I felt early and learned deeply the stigma and challenges of mental illness,” said Schiller, who spoke of her experiences at the luncheon along with her daughter Lori Jo Baach. “With new medications, after nine years my daughter returned to society as a counselor to the recovering mentally ill, successful author and happy human being. To give back, my husband and I helped found the Welcome Home Program at JFS, where adults with mental illness can gain skills and support in a therapeutic, caring, creative setting.” Two Welcome Home participants also spoke at the event.
“As recent news events have shown, the risk of ignoring mental illness in our community can have devastating results. We are extremely grateful to those whose generosity has enabled this important new opportunity to raise awareness and vital funds for mental health,” said Donoff, event Co-chair and Vice Chair of Financial Resource Development for JFS. “Our Inaugural Luncheon Sponsor Marleen Forkas has led the way in championing this new effort that will help so many from throughout our community.”
The Reflections of Hope Luncheon was also generously sponsored by Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation, Ticho Foundation, Alison & Mitch Robbins, and Corporate Sponsors Wells Fargo Private Bank andTEVA Pharmaceuticals. Boca Raton Resort & Club was Exclusive Hotel Sponsor, and Boca Raton Observer was Exclusive Magazine Sponsor. The luncheon also featured a raffle of donated luxury items.