Our 7th Annual Community Partnership Celebration took place last Monday night. This year, because of COVID-19, it was a virtual celebration that we live-streamed on Facebook Live. While we missed seeing all of you who normally attend in person, having the celebration go virtual gave us the opportunity to learn a lot more about live-streaming and hopefully gave all of you a chance to attend.
We hope in the future we’ll be doing more virtual events as a way to reach you. If you weren’t able to attend last Monday night, you can watch the video of the celebration on the Families as Allies Facebook page or by clicking here to view the edited recording on Youtube.
The event opened with Joy Hogge, our executive director, welcoming everyone to the livestream, and then board president George Stewart talked about the board’s commitment to our mission and vision, and thanked the sponsors and hosts whose generous contributions made the event possible. Joy then talked about Families as Allies impact for families, community and positive change during 2020, and what we as an organization commit to in 2021.
The event continued with the video presentations to our five outstanding award winners as we honored and recognized them for exemplifying our four core values; Caring For Every Child and Family, Excellence, Partnership and Accountability.
This year the Accountability Award presentation was touched with the sad news that our founder, Tessie Brunini Schweitzer, had passed, and in her honor, we announced that we would be naming this award the Tessie Brunini Schweitzer Memorial Award for Accountability. As part of the video presentation for this award we showed a recorded tribute (link) and memorial to Tessie from those who knew and worked with her.
We would like to thank all of our sponsors and hosts for their contributions and for making this online event possible, especially Amerigroup Mississippi (Gold sponsor), Optum (Silver sponsor), Drs. Joy Hogge and Howard Roffwarg (Bronze sponsor), and our hosts: Hinds Behavioral Health Services, Mississippi Psychiatric Association, Jan and Andrew Townes and Janet Shanks. Because of their generosity, we were able to raise $9,000 from the online event. If you would like to make a donation you can do so at faams.org/donate/ or click the button at the top of every page.