NAMI in Buffalo & Erie County
30th ANNUAL DINER and AWARDS CELEBRATION
Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 6 pm
Sean Patrick’s Restaurant
3480 Millersport Highway
For details please call us at : 716-226-6264
In conjunction with National Mental Health Awareness Month, NAMI welcomes as the evening’s
keynote speaker Randye Kaye, a well-known national media personality whose credits include
hosting talk show Issues and Answers, as well as appearing on PBS’ To the Contrary, and WBAI’s
The Positive Mind. Kaye’s appearance in the educational video “Dealing with Stigma in Mental Illness”
came as an extension of her commitment to end the stigma that too often makes the already-serious
challenges of dealing with a mental illness in one’s life, or in a family’s life, even more difficult.
Randye knows whereof she speaks.
Kaye developed a “second career” on the topic mental illness when her son Ben’s inexplicable
behavior changes marked the onset of a mental illness that would alter her family forever.
Her experience with Ben’s illness and recovery taught her a lot about diversity, tolerance, stress
management, and the importance of communication and conflict management. Out of this experience
she authored “Ben Behind His Voices: One Family’s Journey from the Chaos of Schizophrenia to
Hope”. She will share some of that insight as the keynote speaker on Friday, May 8th. In bringing
Kaye to Buffalo, NAMI president Marcy Rose notes, “Families need to know that they are not alone
and that there is support and hope—support for the often difficult, confusing and painful realization
that a loved one is seriously ill; and hope for a loved one’s efforts at recovery with treatment, family
support, and community awareness of the realities and challenges in mental illness. NAMI addresses
these challenges in our community every day and works to eliminate stigma around them. We are
pleased to bring Randye Kaye to western New York with her encouraging message.”
Honorees at this year’s dinner are:
Kristin Adduci of Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service, Inc.;
Matt Spina of the The Buffalo News,
Dr. Herman Szymanski,
NAMI volunteer Ann Venuto;
Dr. Patrick Welch of the Daemen College Center for Veterans and Veterans Families Services Center;
Chief David Zack and Lt. Brian Gould of the Cheektowaga Police Department.
NAMI members and supporters will also be raising mental health awareness and working to end stigma
around mental illness with volunteer gift wrapping at Barnes & Noble on Niagara Falls Blvd.
on Friday May 9th and Saturday, May 10th.
NAMI in Buffalo & Erie County is a volunteer membership organization that supports families coping
with a loved one who has a seriousmental illness, advocates for improved mental health services and
programs, and works to end the stigma associated with mental illness.More information about these
events and NAMI’s mission are available at 716-226-6264 or www.namibuffalony.org
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NAMI (Mother’s Day) gift wrapping volunteers at Barnes & Noble on:
Friday, May 9th 10 a.m.-7 p.m
Saturday, May 10th, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.