Event honors perseverance and success of North Carolina residents
Raleigh, NC – June 25, 2014 – Opening its doors to the community, Fellowship Health Resources, Inc. (FHR) hosted A Night To Remember, an evening celebrating North Carolina residents in recovery. Held at Royal Banquet & Conference Center, the night was an opportunity for dancing and camaraderie, as well as honoring those who have overcome significant obstacles and challenges.
The event opened with heartfelt musical performances by Diana and Will, individuals receiving services from FHR. With Diana’s original song, Bend Not Break, she described that in spite of the difficult times she has faced she is empowered to continue to progress more each day.
“Nothing puts a smile on people’s faces like listening to music,” Dana Barnes, FHR Program Manager shared. “To have a night dedicated to dressing up and coming together is really special to the individuals in our programs.”
Christal Collins, Certified Peer Specialist of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), took the stage to discuss living with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and bipolar disorder. Sharing that mental health recovery is an ongoing process and that everyone’s experience is unique, she spoke directly about the importance of creating a personalized plan for managing symptoms and establishing a recovery team.
In addition to the presentation, music, dancing, and a delicious dinner made possible by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Path to Victory Awards were presented to individuals in each of FHR’s four programs. Recipients were selected based on the goals they had accomplished, attendance and participation in program activities, and their contributions to FHR programming.
“These awards showcase the hard work that is being done and the tremendous strides these individuals have made in moving towards a positive and more independent direction,” said FHR North Carolina Regional Director Diana Wydo.
Laughter and proud faces were signs of success as the night drew to an end.
“Tonight’s event perfectly illustrates how these programs are making a difference,” Wydo added. “It’s all about coming together as a community to support one another.”