Nearly 400 people gathered at the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel for CenterPointe’s 2018 Healthy Minds Strong Communities Gala on Sept. 27. CenterPointe, which serves those in Lincoln and Omaha areas, offers individualized care and pivotal treatment, rehabilitation and housing for those suffering from mental health and substance use disorders.
Attendees were encouraged to donate through the Auction of Hope as well as silent and live auctions, which included gift baskets, a trip to New York, a signed Rolling Stones guitar and more. Guests also enjoyed live music by Jackie Allen, Hans Sturm and Peter Bouffard.
Sue Klebold, mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the two shooters at Columbine High School in 1999, was the keynote speaker. Since Columbine, Klebold has become a passionate mental health advocate, hoping to inform others of the importance of awareness and intervention.
The gala is CenterPointe’s premier fundraiser, which helps to meet the gap in government funding and the true cost of providing services for people experiencing homelessness. About 58 percent of those who received help last year from CenterPointe have an annual income of $1,000 or less. The event raised $85,000 to support services for low-income community members.