Annual Dinner


In the meantime, here’s what happened at the event in 2013:
The Hyatt Mission Bay was abuzz with civic leaders, educators, friends, family and supporters of NAMI San Diego on Tuesday
October 10 for our 10th Annual NAMI San Diego Inspiration Awards Dinner.

Telecare Corporation and Union of Pan Asian Communities (UPAC) were the lead Partnership Sponsors helping us to celebrate the individuals and organizations who’s leadership, knowledge and courage make San Diego a better place. Our Table Sponsors followed to make the evening extra
special. Thank you to · Alan A. Abrams, M.D., J.D. · American Foundation for Suicide Prevention · Community Research
Foundation · Consumer Center for Health Education and Advocacy-Legal Aid · Mental Health Systems, Inc. · Optum
Health · Paradise Valley Hospital Bayview Behavioral Health Campus · San Diego Psychiatric Society · Sharp Mesa
Vista Hospital · Sunovion · University of San Diego-Department of Psychiatry · University of San Diego-Outpatient
Psychiatric Services. The evening’s Supporting and Associate Sponsors were, Psychiatric Centers at San Diego, Scripps
Behavioral Health and Recovery Innovations, San Diego.
Annette Witt, President of NAMI San Diego, opened the evening with welcoming remarks, thanked our Silent Auction
Sponsors and made remarks about NAMI San Diego’s history since 1978. Kenny Goldberg, KPBS Health Reporter and the 2012 honoree in the
“media” category, was the dynamic Master of Ceremonies. The evening’s keynote speaker and Inspiration of the Year Honoree, Dr. Jon Nachison,
provided an insightful and uplifting presentation to the packed ballroom. Dr. Lewis Judd accepted his award for Lifetime Achievement and captivated
the crowd with his remarks drawing attention to his long relationship with NAMI. The other honorees included: Jimm Greer, Dr. Ruth Newton, and
Oscar Maldonado.
The evening was filled with lots of laughter and congratulatory fever. Over
twenty guests went home winners at the Silent Auction and Opportunity
Drawing. The 2013 Silent Auction Committee (Annette Arehart, Laura
Fanto, Karen Gurneck, Wendy Tompkins, Laurie Lee and David
Miller) was on hand to draw attention to our many business donors including
Alaska Airlines, The Wigwam resort in Arizona, The San Diego
Chargers and Malcom Floyd, Truluck’s, The St. Regis Punta Mita
Resort, and The DoubleTree by Hilton in Del Mar. Rene W. Roques
Event Production & Management provided the special effects lighting for
the room. Thank you to the many, many business donors for support.

Shannon Jaccard, CEO of NAMI San Diego and Julie Benn,
Communications Specialist, closed the festivities with remarks that
highlighted the unique partnership NAMI San Diego holds with the
community including partnership with 9 hospitals (Friends In The Lobby)
and local schools (Ending the Silence).
Planning for the next Annual event has already begun! If you are interested in joining the planning committee, or learning more about a sponsorship,
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