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The Awareness Event

Join us on Saturday, February 9, 2019 for our 5th Annual Awareness Event, “Unveil the Mask of Mental Illness” Gala.  Save the date for an evening of friendship and inspiration combined with entertainment, food, cocktails and truly unique auction items.


The Awareness Event was first introduced as our “coming out” event in 2015 where we called attention to the negative effects of stigma and showcased the many ways that NAMI Programs have positively impacted the lives of individuals, families, friends and our local communities. We were deeply touched to find out just how many caring and concerned supporters we have.

As our NAMI friends have come to know and expect, our 5th Annual Awareness Event is much more than a fundraiser. It’s an opportunity to come together as a concerned community for an elegant evening of fun and celebration that is promised to entertain, educate, and enlighten. In what has become a NAMI tradition, you will hear personal stories of heartbreak, yes, but also of hope. You will see firsthand that while mental illness can cause someone to feel broken, NAMI can be that voice that lets them know that no one is beyond repair. In fact, we believe that broken can be beautiful!

In a society where almost everything is becoming disposable, when a bowl, teapot or precious vase falls and breaks into a thousand pieces, we throw them away. A broken bowl can no longer serve its intended purpose. Yet there is an alternative, a long-held Japanese practice that highlights and enhances the breaks, turning broken objects to treasured works of art. It’s called kintsugi, literally golden (“kin”) and repair (“tsugi”).

Kintsugi is the practice of repairing fractures in objects with varnish or resin powdered with gold. It follows that every break and every repair form part of the history of an object and should be shown and not hidden. By manifesting its transformation, the scars not only beautify the object but are an integral part of its purpose, whether it returns to its intended function or finds new life as a work of art to be displayed with pride. Each piece is unique, with its own story and beauty, thanks to the random cracks formed when the object breaks, just like our wounds that leave different marks on each of us. Still they have much in common; they are more beautiful, valuable and cherished because of their scars, not despite them.

We are all broken in some way. Be proud of your scars. Broken can be beautiful.

In keeping with this theme, you do not want to miss this year’s silent auction as we will be displaying Kintsugi inspired items and packages that are as beautifully one-of-a-kind as we are.

Proceeds from this event will help NAMI continue to provide valuable programs and services in our communities. For more information about the “Unveil the Mask of Mental Illness” Gala, please contact Vacharee Howard at

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