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Out & About: Mental Health America hosts Innovations Awards night

Tribune-Review - 5/6/2019

May 06-- May 6--Mental Health America of Southwestern PA hosted its 17th annual Innovations Awards dinner and program May 2 in the Ramada Greensburg Hotel and Conference Center.

The awards recognize community members and organizations that help make a difference in the lives of people experiencing mental health and substance use issues.

Honorees in the following categories included:

Lifetime Achievement: Dr. Loren Roth, University of Pittsburgh Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and consultant for UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital

Community Advocacy: Tay Waltenbaugh, former CEO of Westmoreland Community Action

Education: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, represented by executive director Harris Ferris

Prevention: Deborah Thackrah, founder/president of Feeding the Spirit

Recovery: Sage's Army, represented by founder Carmen Capozzi.

The dinner, which featured a strolling buffet and silent auction, benefits MHA's mission of providing mental health advocacy, education and support services. MHA executive director is Laurie Barnett Levine; board president is Marybeth Grandinetti Pultz.

Event committee chairwoman was Joan Stairs. Host was Adam DeFlorio.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, or via Twitter .


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