The Seneca Sandusky Wyandot chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is to host its ninth annual Ray of Hope benefit dinner, silent auction and awards night Nov. 13 at the Community Civic Center, 151 S. Washington St., Tiffin. The doors open and the auction begins at 4 p.m. with dinner at 5 p.m.
Tony Lowe, a former Green Springs resident, is to speak at 6:15 p.m. As a Challenge Day leader, Lowe speaks all over the continent to groups of young people and adults with the award-winning Challenge Day program based in California (www.challengeday.org). He is to speak on the safe expression of feelings and freeing ourselves from internalized oppression, as well as the need to be sensitive to the needs of those with mental and emotional disabilities.
The Ray of Hope awardees for 2011 are Sgt. Patrick Del Turco of Tiffin and Chief David Olds of Upper Sandusky. They were chosen for the leadership and service in the Crisis Intervention Team training program for law enforcement officers in Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot counties. The training, done in conjunction with NAMI, teaches officers techniques for interacting with the mentally ill who may be involved in crimes, accidents and other emergencies.
The cost of the dinner is $40 per person, checks and cash only. Reservations are due by Oct. 28. Questions? Call the NAMI office at (888)582-8889.