The Mental Health Association of Monmouth County’s (MHAMC) Fall Celebration, Metamorphosis, A Transformation, was held on Thursday, November 3rd at Taka in Asbury Park, NJ. Guests enjoyed Taka’s beautiful space, a spectacular Asian-fusion buffet, a sake tasting, live entertainment, and an Origami Experience presented by the famed NYC based Taro’s Origami Studio.
This year’s event, Metamorphosis, was a celebration of transformation. The theme symbolizes changing perspectives to transform lives. The inspiration behind the theme is three-fold: to celebrate the individual’s transformation from diagnosis to treatment through healing; to show that those who support MHAMC in its’ mission play an important part in helping to change and improve people’s lives; and from an advocacy perspective, changing the way we, as a community, look at mental illness as a chronic disease just as any other chronic disease. In addition, this year’s theme drives home the ongoing advocacy efforts to remove the stigma so often associated with mental illness.
“We are so grateful to our guests and supporters who joined us to make this celebration so memorable. We would like to thank Taka Restaurant in Asbury for hosting this event and for their team’s tremendous efforts that made the event such a success. MHAMC and its’ Board of Trustees thank and recognize Kate McMahon Sharkey, Board Member, event chair, and the evening’s inspirational speaker whom so eloquently spoke to the mission of the Mental Health Association of MC,” said MHA Executive Director, Wendy DePedro.
MHAMC would like to thank the Fall Celebration Committee Members: Abbi Finch, Kate McMahon Sharkey (Board Member), Kelsie Schmidt-Martinetti, Abby Hayden, Tina Kerekes, Jennifer Hampton, and Nancy Pearson (Board Member).