Yellow Bandana Evening to support local programs for the mentally ill
Hundreds of supporters are expected to turn out this weekend in support of local programs for the mentally ill.
Mental Health Associates of the Triad’s fifth annual Yellow Bandana Evening, a popular social event — and the High Point agency’s signature fundraiser — will be held Saturday evening at the home of Brett and Christi Barbour.
“Proceeds from the Yellow Bandana Evening go to support the programs we provide to the adult mentally ill in greater High Point,” said Ellen Cochran, executive director of Mental Health Associates of the Triad.
The fundraiser means much to the nonprofit organization, which has struggled financially.
“We have faced tremendous financial challenges this year, primarily because of changes in the care delivery system for the state of North Carolina,” Cochran said.
“The state is going through a monumental change right now. For all intents and purposes, there is no public mental health system in North Carolina now — everything is being done by private providers.”
The outdoor event will include a dinner of smoked barbecue and all the fixin’s, as well as live music by Turpentine Shine.
Tickets are $50 apiece.
In addition, guests can purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win one of these prizes:
•A pair of diamond hoop earrings (retail value of about $5,600), donated by High Point Jewelers and Fine Gifts.
•A sterling silver and white sapphire ring (retail value $800), donated by Slane.
•A mini iPad with accessories, donated by Hendrix Barney & Co.
•A Doncaster handbag (retail value $400), donated by Linda O’Briant.
Raffle tickets are $10 apiece or six for $50, and they can be purchased at the event. Winners do not have to be present at the drawing, but they must have purchased a ticket to the event.
All proceeds will go to support Mental Health Associates of the Triad, which provides the following programs:
•Destiny House, a psychosocial rehabilitation day program for severely and persistently mentally ill adults.
•Outpatient Services, offering diagnostic evaluations and individual, family or group therapy.
•Crossroads Depression Support Group, a community outreach for people who suffer from mood disorders.
•Zenith Club, a support group for individuals suffering from schizophrenia.
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Want to go?
The fifth annual Yellow Bandana Evening, a fundraiser for Mental Health Associates of the Triad, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the home of Brett and Christi Barbour, 815 W. Farriss Ave.
In addition to barbecue and all the fixin’s, the event will feature live music by Turpentine Shine.
Tickets are $50 apiece, and reservations may be made by calling 822-2822.