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Out of the Blue 2017

FIGHTING THE STIGMA

by Niki Kottmann in The Observer

National Alliance on Mental Illness Sarasota County proved Oct. 26 that, though a cause that often gets forgotten, fighting mental illness stigma is important to many Sarasotans.

NAMI Sarasota County hosted 400 guests at its inaugural Out of the Blue fundraiser at Sarasota Architectural Salvage. Chairwoman Doreen Sutherland said people “danced all night” to live entertainment provided by Rallo Pucci, featuring lead singer Shelley Maxwell.

Pam McCurdy emceed the silent auction and raffle, which in total valued more than $18,000. It even attracted a bidder from the Florida Keys, who called in to bid and eventually won a guitar signed by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band for $3,100.

Chairwoman Doreen Sutherland, Wendy Abramson, Pam McCurdy and Jamie Barrett — Photo by Cliff Roles

Based on the sold-out ticket sales, NAMI Sarasota County’s first fundraiser was a success. Doreen said there were people calling all the way up to the event asking for tickets, even though they sold out the week before.

“Clearly people in Sarasota are looking for a way to support mental health in our community,” Doreen said. “And as the umbrella organization for all mental health resources in Sarasota, we look forward to the continuation of our educational programs, support groups and helpline and expanding our capacity to serve the community.”


Our Inaugural Signature Event was a great success. Four hundred very enthusiastic people joined us for a magnificent and fun occasion. The money raised will offset the cost of expanding our staff, implement new programs and provide continued support for ongoing programs. If you are interested in volunteering for the NAMI Sarasota County fundraising committee please email us at info@namisarasotacounty.org. You’ll be fighting stigma and impacting the lives of people living with a mental illness.





We are grateful to all our sponsors:

OUT OF THE BLUE MATCHING FUNDS:

The Green Family Foundation


PRESENTING SPONSORS:
Sarasota Architectural Salvage
 


SILVER SPONSORS ($1,000):
Mark Mathisen

Lundbeck

BRONZE SPONSORS ($500):
Linda Grimes, Horizon Realty International
Sarasota Retina Institute (Dr. Jody and Angela Abrams)
Gene and Barbara Wulf
Janice Landauer
Dr. Sean and Karen Dingle
Holly Vincent
Jerry Thompson


IN-KIND SPONSORS:
Sheryl Wilson
Silvia Farkas
Annie Sutherland’s Cupcakes

MEDIA SPONSORS:

 Sarasota Magazine
SRQ Magazine

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