End­ing the stigma Award-win­ning actress shares her battle with men­tal ill­ness at an­nual lun­cheon

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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 jillw@ralesjfs.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

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