DENVER, Colo., December 3, 2015 – Mount Saint Vincent, a leading treatment provider for children with severe emotional and behavioral challenges due to trauma, mental illness, abuse or neglect, celebrated 132 years of caring for children at its Silver Bell Ball, held November 20, 2015 at the Grand Hyatt Denver. More than $500,000 was raised for the abused and neglected children in treatment at the agency. During a special appeal, it was revealed that the Salah Foundation would match all funds raised dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000. That challenge was met. More than 500 guests attended the gala, which featured a live and silent auction, dinner, dancing, and entertainment provided by the Mary Louise Lee Band. 9NEWS reporter Jeremy Jojola was the master of ceremonies.
“The event was a huge success, thanks to our presenting sponsor, CoBank, and all our wonderful friends and supporters,” said Kay Mcdowell, Mount Saint Vincent’s Director of Development. “We exceeded all fundraising expectations this year, and are so thankful and blessed to be a part of such a supportive network.”
There were just over 100 items up for bid in the live and silent auctions. Auction items included a one-week stay at a luxurious estate in Italy, golf outings, tickets to cultural events, signed sports memorabilia, and more.
Former executive director Sister Amy Willcott, SCL, was tapped to receive the Spirit of Saint Vincent Award. She received a standing ovation as she made her way to the stage to accept the award.
Numerous business and community leaders attended the gala. “The highlight of the night was without a doubt the dedication of the staff,” said attendee Margy Moseley of Saunders Construction, Inc. “It brought tears to my eyes to know that their efforts impact the children every single day.”
About Mount Saint Vincent
Mount Saint Vincent, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency founded in 1883 by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, provides clinical treatment for children with severe behavioral issues due to abuse, neglect, trauma or mental illness. Mount Saint Vincent is a leader in the application of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) and trauma-informed care. The agency is one of only seven organizations worldwide designated as a flagship site for NMT, an honor bestowed by the ChildTrauma Academy of Houston, Texas. Mount Saint Vincent’s extensive program offers residential treatment, day treatment, in-home treatment, parent education and training, a K–8 school, NMT assessments, and a community early learning center. For more information, visit www.msvhome.org.
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