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The Centers Annual Benefit Luncheon 

The Centers for Families and Children will host its Annual Benefit Luncheon on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Founders Ballroom at the InterContinental Hotel, 9801 Carnegie Avenue. Doors will open at 11 a.m. This year’s keynote speaker will be New York Times best-selling author Ron Powers. His new book is No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America.

Individual tickets are $150 (of which $100 is tax deductible) and can be purchased here: www.thecentersohio.org/benefitluncheon. All proceeds will benefit The Centers life-changing programs that directly benefit our Northeast Ohio community.

Each year, The Centers improves the lives of nearly 25,000 individuals through integrated behavioral health, primary care, early learning, and workforce services. Approximately one in five Northeast Ohioans lives with a mental illness. In 2016, more than 8,000 people in the Greater Cleveland community received integrated mental health treatment and primary care from The Centers, giving them the necessary foundation to lead healthier and more successful lives.

Event sponsors include CVS Health, Medical Mutual, The Sherwin-Williams Company and UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. Company sponsorship packages are available beginning at $2,500. Please contact James Forristell, Development Officer at james.forristell@thecentersohio.org or via phone at (216) 325-9286.

About Ron Powers

Ron Powers is a Pulitzer Prize-winning and Emmy Award winning writer and critic with a career that spans over four decades. He is the author of sixteen books, including No One Cares About Crazy People; Dangerous Water; and co-author of The New York Times best-seller Flags of Our Fathers.

His most recent book, No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America offers a searching, rich narrative of the social history of mental illness in America paired with the deeply personal story of his two sons' battles with schizophrenia.  Flags of Our Fathers explores each flag raiser’s boyhood, military service, experiences on Iwo Jima and—for the survivors—later life and fate. The book was No. 1 on The New York Times hardcover nonfiction list for five weeks and remained on the bestseller list for 46 weeks. The movie version, produced partly by Steven Spielberg and with Clint Eastwood directing, premiered in October 2006.

He has been published in The New York Times Book Review, The Smithsonian, The Kenyon Review, The Columbia Journalism Review, Preservation Magazine, The New England Review/Breadloaf Quarterly, Esquire, and Playboy. In 1973, Powers was the first TV critic to win the Pulitzer Prize. He was the media commentator for CBS News Sunday Morning for five years, for which he earned an Emmy award, and has hosted numerous documentaries.

About The Centers for Families and Children

The mission of The Centers is to improve the lives of those it serves through integrated behavioral health, primary care, early learning, and workforce services. Its vision is to use innovation and leadership to strengthen the community by providing individuals and families with life-changing solutions to lead healthier and more successful lives. The Centers is the leading Northeast Ohio human services organization that helps nearly 25,000 individuals to build better futures each year. It partners with leading hospitals, educational institutions and community organizations to respond to the challenges faced daily by individuals and families living in poverty. The Centers operates 16 locations across Northeast Ohio and employs a staff of over 575 skilled professionals, many of whom are thought-leaders in their area of expertise.