It was a sold out event Saturday evening at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford as Hartford Hospital celebrated with their Black & Red Fundraising Gala. The evening’s theme was “Stop the Stigma” of Mental Illness.
“For Hartford Hospital to recognize the importance of behavioral health, by recognizing the Institute of Living, reflects the enormous change in our consciousness in terms of mental health issues in American life,” said Dr. Harold (Hank) Schwartz, Hartford HealthCare regional vice president, psychiatrist-in-chief for Institute of Living at Hartford Hospital. “We’re really pushing this anti-stigma campaign to get everybody to recognize how important mental health issues are and to work against the stigma that keeps so many people from seeking the help and assistance that they need.”
Among the 1,200 guests at the gala were Jonathan and Robyn Gengras, event co-chairs; Carol Garlick, VP Philanthropy, Hartford Hospital; Dr. Stuart Markowitz, M.D, president, Hartford Hospital and wife Deb; Elliot Joseph, president of Hartford HealthCare; and Henry Dominioni and Monica Georgeo of The Hartford. Java also spotted Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma.
“We are raising funds, but we’re starting a campaign that will run essentially forever. It’s about stomping the stigma around mental illness” said Markowitz. “And really facilitating the ability for people that need help to get help. And so it takes money, it takes funds to do that and begin that project, but really the night is something so much bigger than that.”