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Bethel's Ability Beyond Honors Mental Health Advocates At Autumn Breakfast

Charles Herrick Photo Credit: Contributed
Marie Sturdevant Photo Credit: Contributed

BETHEL, Conn. -- The Bethel-based Ability Beyond will host its Autumn Breakfast honoring community members who are making a difference in the lives of individuals with mental health challenges on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

The annual event benefiting the mental health services of the nonprofit organization will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Ethan Allen Hotel at 21 Lake Ave. Ext., in Danbury.

Funds raised assist men and women living with mental illnesses by helping them find a job and their own home to become part of the community. All proceeds go directly to Ability Beyond programs.

This fundraiser attracts approximately 120 attendees each year, and last year’s breakfast raised $53,000. This year, the honorees will be Dr. Charles Herrick, the Theresa Foss Memorial Award recipient and Keynote speaker, and Marie Sturdevant, the Celine Karraker Memorial Award recipient.

Ability Beyond’s CEO Jane Davis said she is looking forward to expressing her gratitude to the dedicated volunteers for their outstanding contributions.

“We are so fortunate to have both of these amazing people supporting our organization,” said Davis. “Dr. Herrick has served as our consulting psychiatrist on the Ability Beyond Internal Program Review Committee/Ethics Committee for a long time and Marie selflessly shares her talent and time through countless volunteer and civic commitments across Connecticut.”

Herrick has been at Danbury Hospital for the past 15 years and has been the chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Western Connecticut Health Network since 2006. Sturdevant is currentlycChairman of the Catchment Area Council No. 21, which studies and evaluates existing mental health services in the catchment area and makes recommendations about the types of services needed. She is also a volunteer driver for Brookfield FISH.

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