‘Gone Country Dinner Dance’ supporters yeehaw for bipolar research
The seventh annual Young Friends of the Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation’s “Gone Country Dinner Dance” recently took place at the Bonnette Hunt Club Banquet Lodge in Palm Beach Gardens.
The event was hosted by foundation co-chairpersons Micah and Rob Ford, and Kristen and Brian Ray along with committee members Jackie and Beau Breckenridge, Beth and Thomas Calcote, Kim and Ken Farino, Chrissie and Matt Ferguson, Blair and Stuart Kirwan, Jennifer Mahoney, Mack and Carrie Perry, Jessica and Richard Pinsky, Kristy and Grier Pressly, Jessica and Jason Prince, Janet Promesso, Courtney and Kevin Ring, Liza and Jeff Smith, Robin Turner and Lindsey White.
The al fresco event attracted nearly150 supporters and friends who donned boots, blue jeans, cowboy hats and all forms of Western wear. Guests enjoyed a “Gone Country” barbecue dinner, a silent auction and raffle prizes, and dancing to live music by the CountryWestern band Shadow Creek.
Silent auction and annual raffle items were donated by C.Orrico, US BANK: The Private Client Reserve, Garden of Life, PGA of America, Ralph Lauren boutique in Palm Beach, JCWesternWear, Norcross Patio, Aquanuts, Alana Harris Photography, In-nae Taekwondo, Anushka Salon& Spa, Skip Jackson Tennis, Xtend Barre, Very Important Paws, Mayacoo Country Club and Palm Beach Ice Works. Event sponsors included Tito’s Vodka andM&VMagazine.
Proceeds from the “Gone Country Dinner Dance” will help fund the foundation’s underwriting of the Adolescent Depression Awareness Program (ADAP) for Palm Beach County public and private high schools. ADAP was created by Johns HopkinsUniversity to teach high school students, their parents and faculty how to recognize depression and bipolar disorder.
The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness, understanding and research for early-onset bipolar disorder, and through its Quest For The Test initiative to find an empirical test for bipolar disorder so that early detection in children and adolescents becomes a reality.
For more information, visit www.questforthetest.org.
Carrie Perry, left, and Mack Perry
Liza Smith, left, and Jeff Smith
Kent Armstrong, left, and Jen Mahoney
Joyce Sang, left, and Dusty Sang