Celebrating 60 years of advances in mental health leadership in Colorado, Mental Health America of Colorado held a gala at the Denver Marriott City Center on Saturday, October 26, 2013.  Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception during which they browsed a large selection of silent auction items, followed by the dinner program in the ballroom.

Following dinner, guests heard an inspiring talk from Donald Mares, President and CEO, about the changes which have occurred over the past 60 years in the care of mental health.  Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper then greeted guests and discussed recent legislation passed in the Colorado legislature to provide additional support for mental health services.  Dyana Furmansky, chair of the MHAC board of directors, acknowledged the sponsors and supporters of the organization, and a video commemorating the last 60 years of MHAC was shown.

Following dinner, guests were treated to a live auction with two of the top local auctioneers, Paul C Behr of Centennial Colorado and Sammy Hamblen, of Pierce Colorado.  A surprise performance by Donald Mares, President and CEO of MHAC and his band ‘Nearly There’ was a big hit, and the auction of a performance by the band and a dinner for eight prepared by chef Corey Cain raised $14,000 for the organization!  The night was capped off by dancing to the Mary Louise Lee Band.