Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network kicks off their expansion of services in Parker with an evening devoted to “Raising Spirits” at the PACE Center.
Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network opened its new location at 10350 S Dransfeldt Rd in Parker on Tuesday, September 4, expanding services available to residents of the surrounding community. With the 8th Annual Raising Spirits Wine Tasting & Auction just around the corner, development director Carolyn Moershel thought what better way to celebrate our dedication to this community than to host our fall fundraiser at the recently constructed PACE Center in Parker!
“The town of Parker opened its arms to our organization,” said Moershel. “We’d like to reciprocate by kicking off the fall season with a dynamic event bringing the community together at a beautiful and local venue in support of a good cause.”
The evening of October 4th marks Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network’s 8th Annual Raising Spirits Wine Tasting & Auction. The lively event offers dozens of domestic and imported wines, seasonal cuisine and friendly, yet competitive bidding on unique and practical auction items. The silent auction will open at 5:30 p.m., capped by a live auction at 7:00pm. Debbie Stafford, an involved legislator of Colorado, will lead the live auction portion of the evening driven by her passion for nonprofit fundraising and her past experience as a domestic violence counselor. The evening of festivities, all set to the backdrop of the modern architecture and creative ambience of the Parker Arts, Culture & Events Center, will conclude with the last tunes of Peneplain Jazz Trio at 8:30 p.m.
The supporters of Raising Spirits Wine Tasting & Auction help elevate the lives of people living with mental illness by funding services for members of Arapahoe and Douglas counties with low incomes and without insurance. Over 75 local businesses and individual donors invest in the cause. Citywide Banks, Colorado Community Media and Lukas Liquor Superstore stepped up this year as presenting sponsors for the event, with many other organizations donating time, services and money to supply unique auction items. Of these items up for sale, a foursome of golf with Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network’s CEO Scott Thoemke headlines the live auction alongside sailing lessons on the Chatfield Reservoir provided by advisory director to the board John Phillips. Up for grabs in the silent auction, a membership to the Wildlife Experience, brunch for two at the Brown Palace, and themed gift baskets will start at lower than face value opening bids.
The event will be held in the Art Gallery, Event Room and West Terrace of the PACE Center located at 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue in Parker from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 4, 2012. Registrations are processed prior to the event online at www.blacktie-colorado.com/rsvp with event code: raisingspirits104 or via telephone at (303) 779-9676. The event cost of $50 includes ten different wine tasting stations, sumptuous fare, live jazz, a beautiful venue, and the opportunity to purchase unique auction items, all the while supporting a good cause.
“The mission of the Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center is to provide a gathering space in downtown Parker that serves to enhance the cultural and economic vitality of our community,” notes Moershel. “We’re thrilled to honor the PACE Center’s mission while carrying out our own by continuously expanding professional, comprehensive, culturally inclusive and fully integrated mental health and substance abuse services to meet the needs of the community. It is through our services, funds raised at our events, and the support of our community that create opportunities that empower people to recover and to improve their quality of life while promoting public acceptance of mental illness.”
About Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network
Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network is a private, nonprofit 501 © (3) corporation providing professional, comprehensive behavioral health care and substance abuse treatment primarily, but not exclusively, serving the communities of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties. We offer programs for adults, seniors, families, couples and children. These services include counseling, psychiatry, crisis services, case management, substance abuse treatment, victim services, an adult acute treatment unit, supported and residential housing, services to the criminal justice system, vocational and social rehabilitation, a day treatment therapeutic school and school-based services. Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network has an on-site pharmacy. We offer community education, wellness programs and a Speakers Bureau.