How much fun is it to get together after a super-successful event? Ask the committee members who participated in this year’s Shine On gala in October with guest speaker Mariel Hemingway. The landmark event for Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network not only celebrated its 60th anniversary, but also produced significant contributions for the organization–both kudos and currency continue to come in.

Daniel Kopnisky hugs Jan Hammond

Daniel Kopnisky hugs Jan Hammond

On Wednesday, Nov. 11, ADMHN staff hosted an upbeat reception for gala co-chairs and committee members at The Palm Denver to express their gratitude for a job very well done. Guests noshed on hors d’oeuvres and beverages, and had an opportunity to chat and catch up, with lots of hugs shared among guests.

During a short program, Executive Director/CEO Joan DiMaria was quite sincere in her praise for the work put into the event, as well as the subsequent positive results. Gala co-chairs Cindi Burge and Kay Burke also expressed their appreciation for the committee’s efforts, singling out numerous people in attendance. Even as they basked in their success, staff and committee members reported they were on to the next activities and events designed to support the spectrum of mental health programs and services of ADMHN.

Committtee member and sponsor Linda Christie-Horn (left), with Keri Christiansen

Committtee member and sponsor Linda Christie-Horn (left), with Keri Christiansen

The core mission of Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network is to promote individual, family and community wellness by providing exceptional, compassionate, responsive, inclusive and integrated behavioral healthcare.

ADMHN Values
• Behavioral health is health; it is an integral part of the well-being of individuals of all ages and is fundamental to the quality of life of our entire community.
• We maintain a commitment to provide accessible and responsive care in a consistent, professional and compassionate manner that is accountable, recovery-based and client focused.
• We aspire to be leaders in healthcare by encouraging and supporting continual professional education and staff development.
• We believe that trust and mutual respect toward our coworkers, clients and community is fundamental to the growth and development of our organization.
• We believe that community education that fosters an understanding of mental health and substance abuse disorders reinforces the successful delivery of behavioral health services and creates strong professional, civic and financial support.
• We believe that business and care goals must be adaptive to advances in treatment practices and changes in funding, including the integration of mental health, substance use and medical services.
• We believe that financial and professional accountability among ourselves, our clients, our business partners and community are vital to the success of our mission.
• We strive to be fully inclusive of all cultures in our community and responsive to their unique needs for successful treatment and recovery.
• We are committed to continual data assessment for the measurement of improvement for our clients’ health, staff efficiency and growth as a business.

To read about this year’s Shine On gala, please go to: http://photos.blacktie-colorado.com/event/admhn-hosts-60th-anniversary-celebration-shine-on/. For more information about ADMHN, please visit: www.admhn.org/ or call 303-730-8858.