Touchdown for HOPE Raises Awareness and Funds for Mood Disorders

Mason, OH –The seventh annual Touchdown for HOPE Super Bowl Sunday took place on February 7, 2016, at the Great American Ballpark Champions Club. A fun and upscale Super Bowl 50 watch party, the event raised awareness about mental illness while raising funds for important research.

Once again, proceeds from the event will enhance local research being done in Bipolar and Mood Disorders at Lindner Center of HOPE.

With the generosity from 30 local sponsors, special donors, and attendees, the event raised nearly $300,000 with sponsorships, donations, registration of more than 300 guests and a match from the Marriott Foundation, for Bipolar and Mood Disorders Research at Lindner Center of HOPE.

“Mood disorders are the most common form of psychiatric illness and are among the leading causes of disability worldwide,” said Dr. Paul E. Keck, Jr., President & CEO of Lindner Center of HOPE. “The study of these devastating illnesses is extremely complex. In spite of the unprecedented growth in the diagnosis of these illnesses, research continues to be under-funded; while much work is still needed to enhance our understanding of these illnesses, the risk factors and the most effective forms of treatment.”


According to Dr. Susan L. McElroy, M.D., Lindner Center of HOPE Chief Research Officer, “ The research occurring in the field right now is extremely exciting. The positive steps we are taking in genetic research and medication development are ones that I never thought I’d live to see.”


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.


Originally conceived in 2010 by Scott Robertson, Carl Satterwhite, John Ryan, Francie Hiltz and Sue Lawrence, this annual event has consistently raised over $200,000 and continues to improve the lives of those suffering with mental illness.


Lindner Center of HOPE provides excellent, patient-centered, scientifically-advanced care for individuals suffering with mental illness. A state-of-the-science, mental health center and charter member of the National Network of Depression Centers, the Center provides psychiatric hospitalization and partial hospitalization for individuals age 12-years-old and older, outpatient services for all ages, diagnostic and short-term residential services for adults and adolescents, outpatient and intensive outpatient programs for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders and research. The Center is enhanced by its partnership with UC Health as its clinicians are ranked among the best providers locally, nationally and internationally. Together Lindner Center of HOPE and UC Health offer a true system of mental health care in the Greater Cincinnati area and across the country. The Center is also affiliated with the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine.


Charles Brady, PsyD, Mary Jo Pollock, RN, Joan Brady and Rick Reckman


Touchdown for HOPE Co-chairs Terry Ohnmeis and Otis Grigsby


Anne Rinaldi, Jon Zipperstein, Vince Rinaldi, Sandi Amoils, MD and Steve Amoils, MD


Touchdown for HOPE guests enjoying the evening
Touchdown for HOPE guests enjoying the evening