Dear Editor, When the local agencies were struggling with funding, the 708 Mental Health Board decided to help by hosting a fundraising event. With the help of Brooke Byam, Timberlake Playhouse, Compliance Signs, the county banks, savings and loans, and many local businesses, we were able to achieve our goal of bringing quality entertainment to the area through Nashville Live in Carroll County. Musicians donated CDs and their time to bring attention to the cause. It was a great introduction to Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct. 1-7), when we fight the stigma that keeps people from getting the help they need.
The Carroll County Mental Health 708 Board is made up of seven members and serves these agencies: Rolling Hills Progress Center, Sinnissippi Center, CASA, Lutheran Social Services, Tyler’s Justice, The Substance Abuse Coalition of Carroll County and Riverview Center. These advocates promoted within their organizations and volunteered during the event. What wonderful cooperation we have in our county.
Our local press and WCCI assisted with promotion and Brooke Byam lined up the entertainers. Audiences enjoyed pianist Riley Horton, singer JaCi Leigh, musician/song writer Andrew Jacob Holm, musician/writer Julie McCloud, John Till and the talents of “the People.”
We give a special thanks to those who purchased tickets and attended this first fundraising event. Spread the word as we hope to hold another next year.
Mary Ann Hutchison
and the 708 Board