Sound Mental Health, King County’s most comprehensive provider of quality behavioral health services, raised more than $140,000 at its first annual IMAGINE fundraising luncheon on November 14 at the Hyatt Olive 8 Hotel. This included a $20,000 matching gift by the Martyn Family Foundation. The funds raised go directly to help those in need in our community.
Former First Lady Mona Lee Locke served as the Mistress of Ceremonies during the event, which had nearly 300 in attendance. Kevin Martyn, former CEO of Genoa and founder of the Martyn Family Foundation, encouraged attendees to support the life-saving work of Sound Mental Health. You can check out the video here.
“I am so pleased that we are able to appeal to our supporters to help us bridge the gaps in funding that often leave clients without resources,” said Sue Bean, Vice President and Chief Development Officer. “I want to thank everyone who played a role in helping us to get people the support they deserve.”
In addition to attendees, Bean also expressed gratitude to the sponsors who helped make the event a success. Sponsors include: BNBuilders, Puget Sound Business Journal, NW Signs, Keeny’s Office Supply, Parker Smith & Feek, Genoa Healthcare, Jackson Main, Salal Credit Union, Enterprise Holdings, Perkins Coie, Heritage Bank, A&A Printing, The Commerce Bank of Washington, US Bank, 1st Security Bank and Unimark Construction Group.
Mental illness is among our community’s most devastating health care issues, all too often the root cause of homelessness, addiction, suicide, and overuse of hospital and emergency care systems. Untreated mental illness and addiction impacts individuals and families, and the community, as a whole, bears the burden. Funding is never able to match the need, potentially leaving thousands of people in our community without access to services that will help them recover and reengage with their families or loved ones.
The money raised at IMAGINE supports people in the community who have run out of options and are unable to afford access to quality mental health and addiction services.
Sound Mental Health responds to these needs with ground-breaking and innovative programs that last year served 22,000 people living with mental illness and addiction issues – more than 30 percent of the entire King County population receiving publicly funded community behavioral health services.
Plans are currently underway for IMAGINE in 2018 and Sound is working to identify dates in October 2018.