Our 7th Annual Luncheon

Mental Wellness Center Emphasizes Progress & Promise of Incremental Change at Seventh Annual Mental Wellness Luncheon

SANTA BARBARA, October 18, 2017 — The Mental Wellness Center hosted its seventh annual Mental Wellness luncheon on Wednesday, October 18 at the Carrillo Recreation Center, where nearly 250 friends and patrons gathered together in support of the organization.

“All of the passion and funding we need to make these investments for our youth to have a better chance of a fulfilled life are met with sobering realities of those who suffer needlessly today simply because they  are unable to get better without a safe place to sleep,” said Annmarie Cameron, CEO of the Mental Wellness Center.

“Thanks to the generous support of our community, the Mental Wellness Center continues to provide critical services for individuals and families to meet their current needs, while also focusing our efforts on early intervention and prevention,” Cameron added. “Our annual luncheon is a wonderful opportunity to update our supporters about the important work we are doing to build a future of hope and wellness."

Andrea Carnaghe, chair of the board of directors, welcomed guests who enjoyed a gourmet lunch sponsored by Chef Michael Hutchings.

Local San Marcos and Carpinteria High school students Emily Steidl and Eli Mochel addressed the guests and gave a report on the progress being made with their Youth Wellness Connection Clubs on their campuses. “By participating in the clubs, I get to learn how to be a better listener, how to support my friends, family, and myself, and to begin to understand what people are going through rather than judge or assume,” Mochel said.  “I think the Wellness Connection Clubs are needed because there are so many teens struggling, and nobody really knows it, because teens are really good at hiding things,” Steidl added.

Henry Glasheen, a volunteer of the Mental Wellness Center, invited guests to consider a pledge of on-going support that will enable the Mental Wellness Center’s to respond to the growing call for mental health education for all youth and supports for families facing mental illness at the earliest stages of symptoms. Additionally Henry described the MWC’s plan to grow their housing stock and called on the community support to make the dream of providing more homes for those who really need help a reality.

The Mental Wellness Center would like to thank this year’s major luncheon sponsors: Village Properties, Keller & Rohrback LLC, Cottage Health, and Montecito Bank & Trust. See the photos below: