(Left to Right): Chuck Brong, Joan Brong, Mark Tambussi, and Sarah Tambussi
On Friday, September 18, 2015, The MHASWNJ held its Seventh Annual “SJ Hot Chefs & Cool Music” Fundraiser at Indian Spring Country Club in Marlton, NJ. Over 200 guests enjoyed delicious food creations by SJ Hot Chefs from Anthony’s Italian Creative Cuisine, Arugula, Filomena Lakeview, La Esperanza, and L’Oceano Ristorante. Traino’s Wine & Spirits provided over 100 wines and 15 beers to sample and the music was provided by DiNardo Brothers Entertainment. Guests had the opportunity to win from several different auctions including Dinner for Six prepared in the winner’s home by Chef Patrick Szoke from Fork Restaurant, three baskets of cheer, and over 60 basket and silent auction items.
Colleen & Brian DiLuigi
(Left to Right): Robin Middleton and Cathy Gavin
A very special “thank you” to the Hot Chefs planning committee, Phil Kirchner, Matt Montenero, Jim Corbett, Brian DiLuigi, Kelli Cochran-West, Fredi O’Hara, Mary Lynne Reynolds, Marisol Rivera-Shore, and Sarah Tambussi, for all of its expertise, talent, and time. You made this event a true success. “Thank you” A very special “shout out” to Robin Middleton, Auction Chair, who spent endless hours soliciting and collecting donations for all of the auctions, preparing and creating all of the baskets and items for the basket and silent auctions, and for being extremely organized. Your dedication and commitment to this committee and event are greatly appreciated. Thank you to the volunteers from the community who assisted with wine pouring, selling raffle tickets, and providing classical music as guests arrived. Your donation of time helped make this event truly special. The evening was a wonderful success and a special night that will soon not be forgotten. For additional photos of the evening click here.
Mary’s Fund Golf Tournament Raises $10,000 for The MHASWNJ
(Left to Right): Maura Schwartz, Mary’s Fund, Mary Lynne Reynolds, MHASWNJ Executive Director, Marcia Soast, MHASWNJ Board President, and Eric Schwartz, Mary’s Fund
On August 28, 2015, Mary’s Fund Inaugural South Jersey Chapter Golf Tournament was held at Ramblewood Country Club in Mt. Laurel, NJ. The event was organized by Mary’s Fund co-founders, Maura and Eric Schwartz. Maura’s mother was Mary Joy Sherlach, school psychologist at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, where she gave her life to protect the students she served on December 14, 2012. Her family and friends created Mary’s Fund to honor her legacy and continue her important work.
Over the course of several months, Maura and Eric worked with MHASWNJ’s Executive Director, Mary Lynne Reynolds, and COO, Anthony Davis, to learn more about the agency and its programs and how Mary’s Fund could help The MHASWNJ. Maura and Eric were drawn to The MHASWNJ’s Youth Programs including Being There, CAMWERCS, and Assisted Pet Therapy because of the education, socialization, support, and community involvement that these programs offered in the South Jersey area.
One hundred golfers played in the best ball tournament and enjoyed a beautiful day on the links and a wonderful dinner after golf. Prizes were awarded at the dinner and The MHASWNJ’s own Grant Schuhl and Ed Dobleman along with Grant’s son, Scott, won the tournament!
(Left to Right): Maura Schwartz, Scott Schuhl, Grant Schuhl, Ed Dobleman, and Eric Schwartz
Maura and Eric awarded The MHASWNJ with a check for $10,000 at the Seventh Annual “SJ Hot Chefs and Cool Music” Fundraiser that was held on September 18, 2015. Mary Lynne Reynolds and MHASWNJ Board President, Marcia Soast, graciously accepted the check on behalf of the agency and offered many thanks for all the work, time, and talent Maura and Eric put in to make the golf tournament a success.
The mission of Mary’s Fund is to support programs that aid the mental and social wellness of children and adolescents as Mary did in her day-to-day life. Initially created in Fairfield County, Connecticut, the New Jersey chapter will support mental health charities such as The Mental Health Association in Southwestern New Jersey.
Depression is a real, common and treatable illness.
Basic Facts About Depression:
Major depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, affecting 6.7% (more than 16 million) of American adults each year.
Depression causes people to lose pleasure from daily life, can complicate other medical conditions, and can even be serious enough to lead to suicide.
Depression can occur to anyone, at any age, and to people of any race or ethnic group. Depression is never a “normal” part of life, no matter what your age, gender or health situation.
While the majority of individuals with depression have a full remission of the disorder with effective treatment,only about a third (35.3%) of those suffering from severe depression seek treatment from a mental health professional. Too many people resist treatment because they believe depression isn’t serious, that they can treat it themselves or that it is a personal weakness rather than a serious medical illness.
Symptoms of Clinical Depression:
Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” mood
Sleeping too much or too little, middle of the night or early morning waking
Reduced appetite and weight loss, or increased appetite and weight gain
Loss of pleasure and interest in activities once enjoyed, including sex
Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment (such as chronic pain or digestive disorders)
Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions
Fatigue or loss of energy
Feeling guilty, hopeless or worthless
Thoughts of suicide or death
If you have five or more of these symptoms for two weeks or more, you could have clinical depression and should see your doctor or a qualified mental health professional for help.