Health & Wellness

Serving Randolph and All of Morris County, Mental Health Association Hosts 12th Annual MHAMC Food For Thought Fundraiser

Brian Caine, ( Center ) President and CEO of Soul Search Records, received the 2014 MHAMC Volunteer Service Award for his work helping the mentally ill record and produce music Credits: Matthew Salerno
Chris DePatria's mother presented a check of over ten thousand dollars to the MHAMC on his behalf Credits: Matthew Salerno
Burrini's Old World Market displays gourmet appetizers served at the VIP cocktail hour Credits: Chris Manderioli
One of the key organizers of the evening, Barb Flynn ( far right ) with Board Chairman Jeff Green ( far left ) and board member Michael Marchese and his wife Jonelle.   Credits: Chris Manderioli
Senator Anthony R. Bucco received the 2014 MHAMC Community Leadership Award for his work with those who suffer from addiction and mental illness Credits: Matthew Salerno
The Mental Health Players gave a taste of their presentations that include role playing with some humor and audience interaction to address important issues and stigmas  Credits: Matthew Salerno
Much of the Bucco family was in attendance for the event as the family itself has been affected by mental illness Credits: Matthew Salerno
MHAMC Board Chairman Jeff Green did a smooth job of running the 2014 Food For Thought Fundraiser  Credits: Matthew Salerno
Senator Anthony R. Bucco gave an emotional speech about how mental illness hits him close to home and that he will continue to fight in the legislature  Credits: Matthew Salerno
President and CEO of MHAMC Lou Schwarcz showed his appreciation to all who attended and supported his organization Credits: Matthew Salerno
Board member Marc Roffman ( Left )  Credits: Chris Manderioli
Chris DePatria's mother received the 2014 MHAMC Philanthroph Award on his behalf for his fundraisers of Manuary and Movember Credits: Matthew Salerno
According to Lou Schwarcz, roughly more than twice the amount of people attended the event this year than last year Credits: Matthew Salerno
Many attendees had a great time at the 12th annual Food For Thought Fundraiser by sampling many different foods, participating in a tricky tray, a 50/50 and more Credits: Matthew Salerno
Attendees enjoying the evening Credits: Chris Manderioli

WHIPPANY, NJ- The Mental Health Association of Morris County (MHAMC) held their 12th annual ‘Food For Thought’ fundraiser last Monday June 9 to raise money and awareness for their mission for mental health and honor those who have supported the organization.  The event featured samples of food and drinks from numerous local eateries, including Randolph's own Burrini's Market, who was the food sponsor and sole server of elegant appetizers during the VIP cocktail hour.  A tricky tray, silent auctions, a performance from the Mental Health Players, and a keynote speech from Senator Anthony R. Bucco rounded out the evening.

Chairman of the Board of Directors for the MHAMC Jeffrey Green began the ceremony by thanking all the attendees for their support and urged attendees to show their thanks by being customers of the event sponsors, all who have helped greatly.  Green ran a smooth event and presented three different awards to men who did an excellent job supporting the MHAMC.

Senator Bucco was first to receive his award as the 2014 MHAMC Community Leadership Award for his excellent work with those who are disabled.  Bucco gave an emotional keynote speech after the acceptance of his award; he talked about growing up with a mentally disabled sister and how it has turned him into a strong advocate for awareness and proper treatment of those who cannot speak for themselves.

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“Whether it’s the addicted or the mentally ill, somebody has to stick up for them, and that’s what I’m here to do,” said Bucco.

At the end of his speech, Bucco promised to continue the great work he has done for a great cause, “My son and I will keep fighting in the legislature, but we need the army of you to support us,” he said.

Next, Chris DePatria received the 2014 MHAMC Philanthropy Award; although Chris was not able to attend the ceremony, his mother accepted the award in his place.  Chris was honored for soliciting more than ten thousand dollars in donations for sponsoring the ‘Manuary’ and ‘Movember’ events, where men grew beards and moustaches to gain donations for mental health awareness.

The final award given on the night was the 2014 MHAMC Volunteer Services Award to Brian Caine.  Caine, the President of Soul Search Records, donates his time regularly to help the mentally disabled sing, play instruments and produce music.  In an impromptu acceptance speech, Caine described a typical mentally disabled person’s daily stresses and was proud to say, “music melts the stress away.”

Finally the event ended with a short performance from the Mental Health Players; a volunteer organization that role plays with some humor and interaction to shed light on important topics and eliminate negative stigmas.

President and CEO of the MHAMC Lou Schwarcz was delighted with the turnout and success of the event, stating that there was roughly more than twice the amount of attendees this year than last.

“Tonight you are supporting and celebrating the work of the MHAMC, and for that, all of us who represent this organization are deeply grateful and appreciative,” said Schwarcz.

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