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This year, the tenth annual National Alliance on Mental Illness Southwest Ohio (NAMI SWOH) Evening of Hope is on Wednesday, October 16th. It will be held at the Cintas Center at Xavier University. / Image: Tom Uhlman Photo // Published: 10.3.19

NAMI SWOH Is Holding an 'Evening of Hope' Dinner at the Cintas Center on October 16

This year, the tenth annual National Alliance on Mental Illness Southwest Ohio (NAMI SWOH) Evening of Hope is on Wednesday, October 16th. This is NAMI SWOH’s second-biggest fundraiser after their NAMIWalk, which is the second week in May, annually.

NAMI SWOH is an affiliate of NAMI, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to building better lives for all who are affected by mental health conditions. This affiliate is located in Cincinnati and serves Southwest Ohio, providing education, support, and advocacy for individuals living with mental illness and their families. NAMI SWOH presents programs in schools and the community at large, to educate and reduce stigma and discrimination. Mental health conditions often make people feel isolated, terrified, and stigmatized. NAMI Southwest Ohio is here to provide help and hope. All services are offered at no cost to participants.

The Cintas Center at Xavier University plays host to the Evening of Hope from 6 PM to 9 PM, which includes dinner at 7 PM, and a program emceed by retired news anchor Carol Williams. The menu is a delicious fall-inspired feast, beginning with savory bite-sized delights and a harvest salad, followed by an entree of fig marsala chicken, or a chef’s choice entree for those with special dietary needs. Decadent desserts of pumpkin and white chocolate or salted caramel apple are sure to finish the meal on a sweet note.

The 2019 Evening of Hope will feature a very exciting Keynote Speaker, Dr. Xavier Amador. As Founder of the LEAP Institute, Co-Founder of the LEAP Foundation, renowned clinical psychologist, author of more than 120 peer-reviewed articles and eight books including, “I am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help!” and a leader in his field, Dr. Amador is an internationally sought-after speaker. He shares research and practical advice on how to help engage patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in treatment, as well as his personal experience with family members suffering from mental illnesses. His expertise has been called upon by government, industry, and the media, where he appears as a frequent expert for CNN, ABC News, NBC News, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and many other news outlets.

The program will include a celebration of excellence, with awards presented to those who are advancing mental health in the Greater Cincinnati area, and a “Moment for NAMI” in which NAMI Member Lena Patton will share with attendees how her family has benefitted from NAMI SWOH’s services.

A $75 ticket includes hors d’oeuvres, dinner, programming, and a cash bar. There will be raffle baskets from local donors, including such items as Cincinnati Ballet’s Swan Lake Tickets, An Elk Creek Vineyard Tour, Dinner at Primavista, Race Entry for The Flying Pig, and so much more.

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2019 Evening of Hope is proudly sponsored by Executive Transportation, Blueridge Vista, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services, Myriad Neuroscience, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, The Christ Hospital, Beckett Springs, Lundbeck, and Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc.