Lindner Center of HOPE Super Bowl Event Raises an Estimated $195,000 to Fund Financial Assistance for Mental Health Services for First Responders

Mason, OH –Lindner Center of HOPE’s eleventh annual Touchdown for HOPE Super Bowl Sunday event at the Great American Ballpark Champions Club raised $195,000 for patient assistance. Approximately 250 people attended the event. This year Jim Breech, former Bengals star kicker, and his wife, Denise, were honorary hosts.

Proceeds from Touchdown for HOPE sponsorships and ticket sales will be used to fund a mental health services financial assistance program at Lindner Center of HOPE, benefitting our community’s first responders.

Community first responders (brave individuals who have specialized life-saving training) are among the first to arrive and provide assistance at the scene of an emergency, such as an accident, natural disaster, or terrorist attack.  These incidents are unfortunately all too frequent.  Fire fighters, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, law enforcement officials and other first responders experience incredible stress, while witnessing tragedies on a nearly unimaginable basis. When these heroes encounter traumatic experiences such as these, it often leaves them feeling as if no one else could possibly understand what they are going through besides their peers. They often don’t turn to experts to help them deal with mental health issues.

Touchdown for HOPE is a classy and fun Super Bowl party with big screen televisions, plush seating, and signature Cincinnati food favorites and other upscale tailgate-style treats. All taking place in a sports fan’s dream location –overlooking the baseball field.

A generous list of sponsors makes this event possible.


– (l-r) Mary Alexander, Lindner Center of HOPE, Director of Development and Touchdown for HOPE organizer; Jim Breech, former Bengals kicker and Touchdown for HOPE honorary host; Paul Keck, MD, Lindner Center of HOPE President and CEO and Tracey Skale, MD, Medical Director, Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services



– Jack Geiger and Kay Geiger


– Jean Crawford and Alvin Crawford, MD

– Craig Lindner, Lindner Center of HOPE Board Chair; Greg Joseph and Bill Butler, Lindner Center of HOPE Board Member