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Jane Pauley to Headline 2nd Annual JFS “Reflections of Hope” Luncheon to Break Stigma of Mental Illness

Journalist and Emmy Award winning television broadcaster Jane Pauley will keynote the 2nd Annual “Reflections of Hope” Luncheon to break the stigma of mental illness and benefit the mental health services of Ruth and Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (JFS). A powerful mental health advocate, Pauley chronicled her experience with bipolar depression and journey of self-reflection and wellness in her bestselling memoir, Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue. The community is invited to hear Pauley at 11:00 a.m. on February 27, 2014 at Boca West Country Club. Glenn Glazer, WPTV Channel 5 meteorologist will emcee the compelling program that will help raise the profile of this critical issue that affects one in six families, as it raises dollars to support mental health services.

“We look forward to welcoming our guests to share an event of powerful hope, inspiration and possibility,” said Nancy Schiller, who is chairing the luncheon with Judi Donoff and Vice Chairs Michele Blair & Talia Klein. “As the daughter of a schizophrenic mother and the mother of a schizophrenic daughter, I felt early and learned deeply the stigma and challenges of mental illness.”

“JFS offers an array of essential mental health services too often out of reach for many, even those with insurance,” said Blair. “We offer psychiatric care, psychological evaluation, counseling, support groups, and our remarkable Welcome Home Program, South Palm Beach County’s only drop-in day center for adults with long-term mental illness.”

Founded in 2003 in response to a critical community need, Welcome Home provides a supportive, caring and creative therapeutic environment where these adults can improve their independent functioning. Therapists teach life skills and socialization, arts and crafts, interactive music appreciation, yoga, financial literacy and job readiness.

Added Klein, “The community welcomes and supports our efforts to raise awareness and provide these services. Our first “Reflections of Hope” Luncheon sold out weeks ahead of time last year, and with this year’s early interest, we’re sure to fill a much larger space on February 27.”

“We are extremely grateful to those whose generosity has enabled this opportunity to raise awareness and vital funds for mental health,” said Donoff. “They are led by Grand Benefactors Marilyn and Jay Weinberg who truly understand the importance of this event that will help so many throughout our community.”

Additional “Reflections of Hope” supporters include the Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation; Erma and Harold Brode, Meryl & Ron Gallatin; Allison & Mitchell Robbins; Edith & Martin Stein; Shirley & Barton Weisman; Greenspoon Marder; CBIZ, MHM, LLC; Ticho Foundation; Boca Raton Resort & Club; Boca Raton Observer; and the Sun Sentinel.

The cost to attend is $136 per person, or $360 for those who wish to meet Jane Pauley at a VIP pre-luncheon reception. To RSVP or for more information, call 561.852.5013 or email jillw@ralesjfs.org.

With locations in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, JFS programs and services include food and financial assistance, senior services, counseling and mental health services and volunteer opportunities for people of all ages and beliefs. Visit ralesjfs.org.

Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (JFS) provides help, hope and humanity through a comprehensive range of programs and services which support people of all ages and beliefs. With locations in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, JFS programs and services include food and financial assistance, senior services, vocational training, counseling and mental health services and many volunteer opportunities. Funding is provided by private and corporate support, grants, special events and individuals who reach thousands in need each year. For more information about JFS volunteer opportunities and services for seniors, contact 561-852-3333. Learn more at ruthralesjfs.org.

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