Mental Health America holds annual dinner

NEWARK – Mental Health America of Licking County had its 63rd annual dinner and awards Nov. 10 at the DoubleTree by Hilton.

Every year the Paddy Kutz Community Award is presented in three categories to those who best represent the qualities and passion of commitment to good health exemplified by Paddy Kutz in her 32 years of service to Licking County.

The community category winner for the Kutz Award was the Local Outreach to Survivors of Suicide Team. The educator category winner was Newark City Schools counselor Teresa Murph. The business category winner was WNKO/WHTH News Director David Doney.

Other awards will given out as well. Amber Smith received the Bridges Out of Poverty Award. Jim Thomas was given the Henry Mardis Compeer Member of the Year Award. The Mental Health Volunteer of the Year Award went to Chris Rezos. The Mental Health Professional of the Year honor went to Mark Weiner, Licking County Director of Victim Services and Victims Advocate.

Incoming officers for the 2016 to 2017 year installed were Dave Hardy as president, Debbie Matesich as first vice president, Marion Royster as treasurer, Monie Havens as immediate past president and Jacquie Goumas as second vice president.

The event featured several celebrity waiters serving beverages. It was attended by many people connected with MHA and general community members.

Mental Health America of Licking County is an affiliate of Mental Health America and a provider agency of Mental Health and Recovery Of Licking and Knox Counties. It’s also a partner agency of the United Way.

Found in The Newark Advocate November 18, 2016

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