Leap for HOPE Raises More Than $70,000 for the Treatment of Mental Illness

On February 29, 2012, Leap Day, High Hopes, fundraising auxiliary for Lindner Center of HOPE, premier mental health hospital located in Mason, held its 4th annual fundraiser, Leap for HOPE. The day was filled with silent auctions, boutique shopping, a gourmet lunch, and a message from keynote speaker, Julie Hyman, MD. The event raised more than $70,000 for the treatment of mental illness at Lindner Center of HOPE in support of the Helping Hands Fund.  Helping Hands dollars are designated to support the care of patients, seeking help at Lindner Center of HOPE, who are in need of financial assistance. The event, which drew 180 people, was co-chaired by Diana Cole and Nancy Rogers and held at Kenwood Country Club.

The money raised surpassed an ambitious goal of $60,000, making the event a tremendous success. Major sponsors included The Chemed Foundation, Frances and Craig Lindner, Ruth Artzt and Wood & Lamping, LLP.

“A staggering 1 in 4 people will experience mental illness this year,” said Nancy Rogers, PhD and co-chair of the event. “It may shock some, but in fact mental illness is the second greatest disease burden in the United States,” Dr. Rogers said. “The Auxiliary recognizes the importance of raising awareness and access to treatment and focuses its efforts towards achieving this.”

Because of the foresight of Frances Lindner and her sister Nancy Nyhart, collaboration brought friends and colleagues together to form High Hopes Auxiliary. Each shared a passion to raise money for and increase awareness of the benefits of treatment for those suffering with mental illness. Their motivation helps support Lindner Center of HOPE’s efforts to provide innovative and scientifically-based, mental health services.

High Hope’s is a group of dedicated volunteers motivated to raise money for the treatment of mental illness.  Through a variety of community events, such as the 2009 Derby Party, Bridge to Hope-2011, Boutique Sales and a Brick Campaign, the Auxiliary is able to procure funding which directly benefits people here in our community.  To learn more about High Hope’s or to become a member please visit http://www.lindnercenterofhope.org/highhopes.aspx


About Lindner Center of HOPE:

Lindner Center of HOPE provides patient-centered, scientifically-advanced care for individuals suffering with mental illness. A state-of-the-science, free-standing mental health center and charter member of the National Network of Depression Centers, the Center provides psychiatric hospitalization for individuals age 12-years-old and older, outpatient services for all ages, research and voluntary, residential services. The Center’s clinicians are ranked among the best providers locally, nationally and internationally.