Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the Dave Nee Foundation’s Ninth Annual Benefit Event. Held on October 11, 2014 at Fordham Law School, we welcomed more than 100 guests for an evening to honor our past and celebrate our bright future.
2014 Ray of Light Award
The Ray of Light Award recognizes outstanding contributors to the field of mental health, suicide prevention and depression awareness. We are pleased to present the 2014 Ray of Light Award to Therese J. Borchard for her outstanding contributions to the field of mental health through her courageous, brilliant, and accessible writing on the topics of depression, suicide prevention, and the stigma held by too many against mental health issues.
Therese J. Borchard is the Emotional Health Columnist for Everyday Health, Associate Editor at PsychCentral.com, and a contributor to CNN.com, The Huffington Post, PBS.org, and other media outlets. She is the creator and moderator of Group Beyond Blue, an online depression support group of over 1500 members.
For seven years, Therese penned the popular blog, “Beyond Blue,” on Beliefnet.com, which was named a Top 10 Depression blog by Health.com and Healthline.com. Her work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, USA Today, Guideposts, O magazine, Psychology Today, Parenting, and the Washington Post, as well as on Time.com, AOL.com, Fox-News.com, and Yahoo! She has been named a Top 10 Influencer in the Online Depression Community by Sharecare.com, the health platform created by Dr. Mehmet Oz and Jeff Arnold, with founding partners Oprah Winfrey, Sony Pictures, and Discovery Communications. An advocate for mental health awareness, Therese is a regular guest on radio programs throughout the country, and has appeared on national television shows such as “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher,” “Fox & Friends,” and “ABC News Now.”
Therese is the author of “Beyond Blue: Surviving Depression & Anxiety and Making the Most of Bad Genes,” “The Pocket Therapist: An Emotional Survival Guide,” and “What Does Depressed Mean? A Guidebook for Children with a Depressed Loved One,” among other titles. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Theological Studies from the University of Notre Dame and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities Degree in 2011 by her alma mater, Saint Mary’s College, for her outstanding contributions to the mental health community.
She lives with her husband, Eric, and their two children in Annapolis, Maryland.
2014 David S. Stoner Uncommon Counselor Award
The Dave Nee Foundation is proud to present the 2014 David S. Stoner Uncommon Counselor Award to Yvette Hourigan, Esq., Executive Director of the Kentucky Lawyers Assistance Program (KYLAP).
Yvette Hourigan was born and raised in Louisville, KY. She graduated from Murray State University with degrees in political science and Russian. She is a 1988 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law. After a clerkship with the (former) Chief Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court, she began her litigation career in product liability defense where she practiced with two large defense firms. She then opened her own plaintiff’s practice in 1998 where she practiced in all areas of civil litigation until 2011. She has had significant verdicts in the areas of medical negligence, nursing home litigation and in aviation disaster litigation. In 2011, she was named the Executive Director of the Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program. KYLAP provides assistance to all Kentucky law students, lawyers and judges with mental health issues and impairments including such issues as depression, addiction and compulsive disorders. KYLAP’s work in the area of lawyer and law student depression and suicide prevention have been featured nationally in The HuffingtonPost, USA Today, and on television on Legal View with Ashley Banfield. Yvette is married and lives with her family in Lexington, Kentucky. She is active in her recovery community and enjoys cooking, reading and needlepointing.
The Dave Nee Foundation is pleased to be able to present photographs from the Broken Light Collective. All photographs are for sale and the proceeds will be shared among Dave Nee Foundation, the photographers and Broken Light Collective.
Broken Light Collective is an online photography gallery for people affected by mental illness. Broken Light’s main goal is to create a safe and accepting environment where photographers of all levels who are affected by mental health issues can display their work, as well as inspire one another to keep going and keep creating, despite the dark or scary places in which they may find themselves.
Broken Light Collective was founded and is led by Danielle Hark. Danielle is a freelance magazine and book photo editor, professional photographer, and mental health/wellness writer near NYC. Her work has been featured in numerous publications, including the Huffington Post, Dr. Oz’s YouBeauty, Psychology Today, Beliefnet, as well as various books. Danielle is also a Certified Professional Life Coach. Her coaching niches include mental health, wellness, and creativity. As someone who has been affected by mental health challenges, both herself and with loved ones, she has made it her mission to empower as many other people who are struggling as possible, especially through the use of photography and creativity.
Danielle created Broken Light Collective in March of 2012 when she was going through a severe depressive episode. With support and encouragement, she found that when she began photographing again it was a powerful tool, both personally and therapeutically. It helped bring light to certain mood states and areas of her life that she could not articulate with words. It helped her get out of bed and begin to engage with the world again. Danielle started the Collective because she wanted to encourage other people who might be going through difficult times (or their family and friends since it affects everyone), to keep creating, sharing, and supporting each other. Broken Light has been fighting stigma, growing, and spreading the Light ever since.
Thank you to our Event Corporate Sponsors
Event Thank yous!
A special thank you this year to the team at Sephora SoHo, and in particular, James Idom for choosing the Dave Nee Foundation as its charity of choice for 2014, the support from Sephora SoHo is very much appreciated!
Thank you to the administration and staff of Fordham Law School for hosting the Dave Nee Foundation.
Thank you to Rebecca Gruia of Fordham Law School for managing the logistics, vendors and all other details for our event tonight.
Thank you to Aziza Moirabou for her volunteer work for the Dave Nee Foundation and for leading our volunteer team tonight.
Thank you to the team at Astic Productions, Stephanie Astic and Megan McHale for your support of this event.
Thank you to Gregory Lamb for filming tonight’s event and for his tireless efforts to promote law school wellness.
Thank you to Patrick Sampson of CogoStar for your enthusiasm and live streaming support.
Thank you to Reed Baker of Sophist, Joe McShane, Metin Oner, and Peter Kirkel of Beehive Press for your help.