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Mental health group plans Oscar-themed benefit

NEW PORT RICHEY — It’s time again for Pasco residents to glam up like the gorgeous people in Hollywood and walk the red carpet at the Pasco Mental Health Foundation benefit dinner, “A Night at the Oscars,” on Sunday evening.

Federal and state funding is available for various programs for individuals with mental health issues, but nearly no money for therapy and medications at the local level, Bonnie Martin explains as president of the foundation.

To spread help to more residents, the fundraiser, in its second year, will start at 5:30 p.m. at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey.

Participants will walk down the VIP entrance during the preshow event, followed by dinner, all the while watching the glitz of the 2014 Academy Awards telecast unfold on screen.

A silent auction will be open to partygoers and guests. Recognition will go to volunteers who raise a positive awareness for mental health in the community.

Among VIPs will be Marc Wilkes, also known as Omega-Man, who fights to prevent negative mental health effects of bullying.

Tickets for the limited-seating event cost $50 per person. Tables of ten are $450. Find more information online at

The foundation strives to reduce the burden of challenges that mental health can place on employers, community organizations and local governments. Other goals include decreasing the stigma of mental health problems while easing access and use of mental health services.

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