BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro Retreat will present the 2013 Anna Marsh Award to Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin at a gala fundraising event to be held on Saturday, Nov. 9, beginning at 5:30 pm at The Hermitage in West Dover.
Members of the public are invited to purchase tickets for this event, which includes hors d'oeuvres, dinner, and live entertainment. The Retreat is also offering complimentary round-trip coach bus service from Brattleboro to the Hermitage. Ticket prices are $125 per person with proceeds supporting the Retreat's Recovery Project, an initiative to strengthen its inpatient and outpatient programs for clients struggling with addiction and increase coordination with local recovery networks.
Governor Shumlin will be the fifth Anna Marsh Award honoree to receive this recognition for advocacy on behalf of those with mental illness and addiction. Past honorees have included Hollywood actor Ken Howard, the late Senator Robert Gannett, the Retreat's first female board chair, Julie Peterson, and last year's honoree, former Retreat board member, Larry Cassidy.
"We are so pleased to recognize Governor Shumlin for his work on behalf of those with mental illness and addiction," said gala co-host and Retreat trustee, Bette Abrams. "As a leader, the Governor responded to Tropical Storm Irene with a commitment to creating a stronger state mental health system that better serves vulnerable Vermonters. The Governor has demonstrated a clear understanding that mental illness and addiction are diseases, just like diabetes or kidney disease. With this understanding, he has committed to having the quality of Vermont's mental health care reflect this parity."
For event information, including ticketing and bus reservations, contact Robert Szpila at 802-258-4318 or e-mail email@example.com. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.brattlebororetreat.org/anna-marsh-gala-2013.Seating is limited.
Event attendees are asked to make reservations by Friday, October 18. To reserve November 9th overnight accommodations at The Hermitage at the special rate of $99, call 802-464-3511.