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Silver Bell Award
Jaqueline Murrary

Silver Corporate Bell Award
Focused Wealth Management Corporate

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Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Award Presentation

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2016 Annual Meeting & Volunteer Recognition Reception
Photo Credits


Silver Corporate Bell Award
Junior League of Orange County, NY, Inc

2016 Silver Ball Photo Credits

Silver Bell Award
Carol & Jay Anthony

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2015 Silver Ball Photo Credits

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My View: There's no stigma to mental illness, just the need for help

Robin Williams' tragic and untimely death after a decadeslong battle with mental illness and substance abuse has sent shock waves through our community, state and nation.

This loss reminds us that anyone, anywhere, can be affected by severe mental health problems, no matter how incredibly talented and successful they are. It is all the more heartbreaking that a man who brought joy and laughter to millions around the world could not find peace within himself...

By Nadia Allen
Published: 2:00 AM - 08/13/14

Special thanks to Cathy and John O’Mara
& to our

Fishkill Fencers Sword and Club Open

A Fencing & Golf Tournament Rolled into One!

Held on
Saturday, August 9, 2014

Net Profit Benefits
Mental Health Association in Orange County Inc.
& Autism Speaks Greater Hudson Valley

Mental Health Association in Orange County promotes the positive mental health and emotional well-being of individuals, working towards reducing the stigma of mental illness, autism, developmental disabilities, and providing support to victims of sexual assault and other crimes.

~2013~ Annual Meeting
Celebrating our Service to the Community

May 22, 2014
Middletown Elks Lodge #1097
Middletown, New York

2013 MHA James A. Lagarde, Sr.
Volunteer of the Year Award

Brandon VanLeeuwen

2013 Program Community Service Awards of the Year

Fishkill Fencers

Price Chopper Bakery, Warwick

Orange County Sheriff’s Department

Suny Orange Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Middletown Humane Society

2013 Program Volunteers of the Year

Karen Pikul

Dhanu Sannesy

Catha Wieben

Mara Garfinkel

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Silver Bell Award
Damola Akinyemi
Mental Health Association in Orange County (MHA) is honored to award this year’s Silver Bell to our good friend, Damola Akinyemi. Damola was born in Nigeria, also known as "the Giant of Africa”, as it is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous country in the world. He attended college in Africa and has traveled the world. He is a former semi-professional basketball player in Europe. He moved to America almost a decade ago and is currently a fitness expert.

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Corporate Bell Award
SUNY Orange
MHA has an extensive and rich history of collaboration with SUNY Orange for well over two decades. Much of the history began with Peter Alberghini, MHA’s former Board President, who served as the Director of Planning and Development as well as a professor at SUNY Orange. This fruitful affiliation was the beginning of a long partnership between MHA and the college. For a number of years, MHA’s annual meetings took place at Morrison Hall.

One of MHA’s critical services, the Rape Crisis Program, has worked together with SUNY Orange on a number of initiatives. MHA and SUNY Orange Wellness Center have actively organized Clothesline Projects every April and September at both the Newburgh and

Middletown campuses. These compelling displays are comprised of T-shirts memorializing individuals who have been affected by physical and sexual violence. The Clothesline is intended to become a form of healing for those who have lost a loved one or who have survived violence as well as provide a visual impact regarding the extent of this problem. SUNY Orange personnel and students have been active participants and have fully supported this project on both campuses. Read More>>>>>

Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc.
Silver Bell Award Recipients

2017 Jaquiline Murray

2015 Carol and Jay Anthony

2014 Damola Akinyemi

2013 Sid Hirschfeld

2012 Chris Ashman

2011 Ann Marie Maglione

2010 Frank Fornario

2009 Glenn Liebman

2008 Antonio Figueroa

2007 Jonnie Wesley-Krueger

2006 Arthur J. Gloeckler

2005 Jo Anne Gurda

2004 Edward Diana

2003 Peter Alberghini (Posthumously)

2002 Lucinda Sloan Mallen

2001 Greg Gilman

2000 Malcolm & Gerry Stewart

1999 Araceli “Jenny” Flanagan

1998 Carmine Caruso

1997 Harriet Goldsmith

1996 Harriet L. Corn

1995 Janet E. Rogers

1994 James Bopp

1991 Nathalie Weeks

1990 Frank Palm

1989 Mary McPhillips

1988 Rudolf Lindenmaier

1987 Rev. Keith Mahoney

1986 Jeanne E. Jonas

1985 Thomas Collins

Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc.
Corporate Bell Award Recipients

2017 Focused Wealth Management Corporate

2016 Junior League of Orange County, NY, Inc

2014 SUNY Orange

2013 Orange Regional Medical Center

2012 Shapiro’s Furniture Barn - Bruce, Barbara and Noah Shapiro

2011 M&T Bank - Joseph McPheter

2010 Steve’s Deli - Steve Spindler

2009 JMHCA (Joint Membership of Health and Community Agencies)

2008 Orange County Dept. of Mental Health - Chris Ashman

2007 NAMI-AMICO, Inc. - Linda Weiser

2006 Rehabilitation Support Services, Inc. -

2006 William DeVita and Susan Miller

2005 Time Warner Cable 6 News - Tracy Baxter

2003 Orange County District Attorney’s Office -

2002 Honorable Francis D. Phillips II

2001 Orange/Ulster Boces - Dr. William J. Bassett

2000 Frontier Communications - Joyce Stoeberl

1999 Orange County Reserve Deputies Foundation, Inc. -

Sheriff H. Frank Bigger

1998 Orange County United Way - John Desibia

1997 The Times Herald Record - James Moss

1996 Woodbury Common Premium Outlets - Jean Guinup

1995 Jewish Family Service of Orange County - Linda Dlugatz

1994 Masterwork Kitchens - Joseph Matta

1993 Joe Fix It’s - Brian Dunlevy

1992 Wakefern Food Corporation - Thomas Nelson

1992 WALL/WKOJ Radio - Sharon McWilliams

1991 Key Bank of Eastern New York, N.A. - John Vroman, Jr.

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