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Mental Health Group Offers Food For Thought

Event will raise money for programs to help people recovering from mental illnesses.

The Mental Health Association of Morris County is hosting its 10th annual Food For Thought fundraiser on Monday, June 4. The event will be held at the from 6 to 9 p.m.

At this benefit guests can enjoy a night of food and wine sampling, auction activities and  music.

The money raised will benefit a number of programs that promote mental health awareness and help those in recovery from mental illnesses.

"It's an opportunity to bring the friends and families and supporters of our agency in the community into one place and celebrate the mission of the agency," said Barb Flynn, the association's interim director of development.

Founded in 1953, the Mental Health Association of Morris County's mission is to help people with mental illnesses achieve recovery and lead productive lives. The organization takes a number of initiatives such as helping people transition out of psychiatric hospitals and into the community, helping homeless people transition to housing, as well as a number of education and advocacy programs on mental health issues.

The event is open to the public, and over 250 guests are expected to attend. The ticket costs $75 for each guest.

Former New Jersey Governor Richard J. Codey will speak at the event about the ways he has helped the mental health community and initiatives he has taken in the state.

Morris County Freeholder and Human Services Liaison John J. Murphy will give the introductory remarks, and he will be receiving an award to honor his years of service in the community. There will also be awards presented to Selective Insurance and Sasco Insurance Services.

Guests can enjoy food from 16 vendors from restaurants such as The Melting Pot, Blackthorn Restaurant and Pub and . There will also be a selection of beverages provided.

The activities include a silent auction and tricky tray raffle with prizes such as autographed sports memorabilia, spa packages, and restaurants giftcards. There will also be art displayed at the event for auction. 

Flynn said that the MHAMC hopes that this fundraiser will allow the community to see what the organization does, and she said the night is "full of life and a lot of fun."

To purchase Food for Thought tickets visit the events section of the MHAMC Web site at mhamorris.org.

For more information on sponsoring the event or donating an auction item, contact the MHAMC Development office at 973-334-3496 ext. 102.

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