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The SHINE Initiative
9 Leominster Connector
Leominster, MA 01453
The SHINE Initiative would like to relieve you of some of the stress that often accompanies holiday shopping by offering an inexpensive gift idea that is sure to be appreciated and enjoyed.
Sunday, March 16th will be “SHINE with the SHARKS” day when the Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League (and minor affiliate of the San Jose Sharks) play host to the Manchester Monarchs at the DCU Center, Worcester. Game time is 3:00pm and the SHINE Initiative will host a special raffle before and throughout the game.
An exciting feature of that game will be the donning of special game jerseys by Sharks players that will bear the SHINE Initiative logo and colors. The jerseys will be auctioned off following the game!
Tickets to this special game also make a wonderful holiday “stocking stuffer” for family and friends.
If you would like to purchase tickets as a holiday gift, please contact the SHINE Initiative at 978-870-1494, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, not later than Dec. 20th to assure delivery of tickets before Dec. 25th.
Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds
discusses mental health and juvenile offenders
The SHINE Initiative’s latest production of “Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds”, features discussion with Gina Vincent and Steven McKeown, who discuss the impact of mental illness on juvenile offenders.
Gina is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and co-director of the National Youth Screening & Assessment Project Center for Mental Health Services Research. Steve is First Assistant Chief Probation Officer, Worcester County Juvenile Court.
Their conversation with Paul Richard, the SHINE Initiative’s executive director, can be seen on Worcester Community Cable Access Channel 13 on Nov. 29th at 6:30pm and on Sunday, December 1st, at 10:30am and 9:00pm.
It can also be seen on-line at http://www.wccatv.com/.
“Spin for Children’s Mental Health”
The directors and staff of Orchard Hills Athletic Club in Lancaster (MA) hosted the 2nd annual “Spin for Children’s Mental Health” on Sunday morning, November 3rd. Several “spinners” rode more than 20 miles each on stationary spin bikes to promote mental health in children and adolescents as a mainstream health issue. A total of $2000 was raised on behalf of the SHINE Initiative to support mental health awareness and education throughout the region. Orchard Hills Athletic Club served as the presenting sponsor, with other support derived from Realtyology, Parker Aerospace, Kidder Limousine Service, and the Butler Did It.
St. Bernard’s High School students are ‘Community Heroes’
Congratulations to the Campus Ministries students at St. Bernard Central Catholic High School, Fitchburg (MA), upon being named recipients of the SHINE Initiative’s 2013 Community Hero Award, in recognition of their efforts to join the conversation about mental illness in young people and to help make it a mainstream health issue.
Left to right: Ed Manzi, chairman & CEO of Fidelity Bank, Sister Mary Naccarato (PBVM), Campus Minister, Robert Blanchard, principal, Aleah Grady, Campus Ministry officer, James Conry, headmaster,
Tara Hebert, Campus Ministry officer, Paul Richard, SHINE Initiative executive director, and Micheal Alario, Campus Ministry president.
Keep Your Mind Open
The SHINE Initiative’s 7th annual gala fundraiser
October 23rd , 5:30-7:30 p.m.
At the Doubletree Hilton, Leominster
Thank you, to our very generous sponsors!
The recent 7th annual Keep Your Mind Open was a success on many levels – including the financial level. $50,000 was raised at this year’s gala, bringing to the total dollars raised during the SHINE Initiative’s 9-year history to more than $800,000.
Major sponsors of this year’s celebratory event were:
Luminous Sponsor Fidelity Bank
Brilliant Sponsor Bemis
Radiant Sponsor Data Guide Cable
Engineering & Data Solutions
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Shining Sponsor Ed & Melissa Manzi
Mount Wachusett Community College
Nutter McLennen & Fish
Seder & Chandler
Starlight Sponsor Robert Alario, CPA
Fallon Community Health Plan
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Wolf & Company
Funds derived from this event and other fundraising activities throughout the year are used to support mental health education in local schools, mental health first aid trainings in schools and social service organizations, to host and sponsor mental health conferences and forums, and for mental health research.
Catch us on Worcester Community Cable Access
The SHINE Initiative is pleased and proud to be host of the “Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds” television series airing on Worcester Community Cable Access (WCCA TV Channel 13 & Channel 398).
Our first show began airing on Oct. 29th and will air again on Friday, Nov 1st at 6:30pm, as well as Sunday, Nov 3rd at 10:30am and 9:00pm.
The inaugural show featured interviews and discussion with Kevin Bradley, executive director of Genesis Club, Worcester, and Robert Bureau, Associate Director / Adjunct Faculty in the Rehab Counseling Graduate Program at Assumption College, Worcester.
The show can also be viewed by going to wccatv.com.
Additional shows, whose focus is on child and adolescent mental health, will be produced monthly.
Click the TV13 wcca icon below to watch the “Healthy Bodies, Health Minds” television series with Paul Richard, Kevin Bradley, and Robert Bureau.