VCU Health is title sponsor of Trees of Hope

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Contact: Anne Moss Rogers, President Beacon Tree

Richmond, VA– To kick off May Mental Health Awareness Month, Beacon Tree Foundation, advocates for youth mental health, is having their signature fundraising event, Trees of Hope, on April 29, 2017 from 6-9pm at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.

VCU Health, this year’s title sponsor, was one of the first to commit to the event.

Trees of Hope is a cocktail style event and children’s concert with speakers that believe in the mission and/or have benefitted from our outreach. Virginia ranks 46th in treating youth mental health and a dismal 49th for serving those under 18 suffering from major depressive episodes.

Many of the families we have supported have lived those statistics.

VCU Health understands the importance of mental health on physical health and the significance of our outreach for area youth and the impact it has on their future.

“We are so honored to have a sponsor as reputable as VCU Health for our event. They are a cornerstone of community health in Virginia and their authority as a leading healthcare system lends credibility to our efforts for youth mental health,” said Tom Leahy, Co-Founder of Beacon Tree.

Originally, this event was at the Round House at Byrd Park, the site of Beacon Tree’s Meditation Garden. Due to capacity issues, the event was changed to Lewis Ginter this year since as many as 200 guests are expected. Tickets for Trees of Hope are $35 each and can purchased online at BeaconTree.org.

About VCU and VCU Health

Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 225 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Seventy-nine of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 13 schools and one college.

The VCU Health brand represents the health sciences schools of VCU, the VCU Massey Cancer Center and the VCU Health System, which comprises VCU Medical Center (the only academic medical center and Level I trauma center in the region), Community Memorial Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU and Virginia Premier Health Plan. For more, please visit www.vcu.edu and vcuhealth.org.

About Beacon Tree
Beacon Tree is a nonprofit founded in Midlothian in 2008 by Tom and Diana Leahy. Our mission is to educate, create access to care and funding for families in Virginia with youth suffering mental illness.

Highlights include working with NIMH to spearhead suicide screening in physician practices, working with VCU Institute of Drug & Alcohol studies to implement Preventure, a life skills training that has shown up to 80% reduction in drug use in schools, and providing financial support to families with children suffering from mental illness through our Family Grant Program.

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* http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/issues/2016-state-mental-health-america-youth-data#Youth MDE
* http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/article_66a80cf3-4f7f-5c66-9f14-d945fee28478.html