Ending the stigma Award-winning actress shares her battle with mental illness at annual luncheon
Emmy Award-winning actress Linda Evans will be the keynote speaker at this year’s “Reflections of Hope” luncheon.
The third annual event hopes to break the stigma of mental illness and benefits the mental health services of Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services.
Evans, best known for her role as Krystal Carrington on the hit television series “Dynasty,” has suffered from depression. She shares her journey in her best-selling book, “Recipes for Life: My Memories.” She will speak at BocaWest Country Club on Feb. 26 at 11 a.m.
“This powerful event provides hope and inspiration and opens the door to a world of possibilities,” said Nancy Schiller, who is chairing the luncheon with Judi Donoff and vice chairs Robin Rubin and Talia Klein. “As the daughter of a schizophrenic mother and the mother of a schizophrenic daughter, I felt early and learned deeply the stigma and challenges of mental illness.”
Glenn Glazer, WPTV Channel 5 meteorologist, will once again serve as emcee at “Reflections of Hope.”
Grand benefactors for the luncheon are Marilyn and Jay Weinberg. Additional sponsors include Meryl & Ron Gallatin, Anne & Norman Jacobson, Shirley & BartonWeisman, Greenspoon Marder PA, Ticho Foundation, Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton Observer and Sun Sentinel.
“Mental illness can affect us all as it doesn’t have socioeconomic or demographic barriers,” Rubin said. “As a social worker, I am thrilled to be a part of this event as putting an end to the stigma of mental illness is of great importance to me.”
The cost to attend is $136, or $360 for those who wish to meet Linda Evans at a VIP pre-luncheon reception. To RSVP or for more information, call 561-852-5013 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
JFS offers psychiatric care, psychological evaluation, counseling, support groups and the Welcome Home Program, South Palm Beach County’s only drop-in day center for adults with long-term mental illness. Founded in 2003 in response to a critical community need, the Welcome Home Program provides a supportive, caring and creative therapeutic environment where these adults can improve their independent functioning. Therapists teach life skills and socialization, arts and crafts, interactive music appreciation, yoga, financial literacy and job readiness.
With locations in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, JFS programs and services include food and financial assistance, senior services, counseling and mental health services, career and employment services, and volunteer opportunities for people of all ages and beliefs. Visit ralesjfs.org
Danielle Hartman, left, Shirley Weisman and Marcia Langley