According to Metrocare Services CEO Dr. John W. Burruss,
NFL and Cowboy Hall-of-Famer Emmitt Smith will speak to the 2017 Meal for the Minds audience this year. Mr. Smith is renowned and respected not only for his Super Bowl championships and NFL achievements, but also for his substantial success in business and his goodwill and generosity. His extraordinary life provides him a unique platform to influence others about mental health care issues. Mr. Smith encourages everyone to speak openly about the need to seek help while advocating for increased access to mental health care.
Metrocare Services celebrates our 50th anniversary this year! In 1967, no one spoke publicly about mental illness. In 2017, the stigma of mental illness is lessened because of those with the courage to speak out and those with the means to support them. Last year, as a result of this community’s willingness to battle the challenge of stigma, Metrocare helped over 57,000 adults and children with mental health needs and/or developmental disabilities, more than ever before!
The goal for Dallas must be complete elimination of this stigma. It’s an honor to have Mr. Smith further that goal by speaking at Metrocare’s Meal for the Minds on how we can each play a role in “breaking the silence, fighting the stigma and changing minds.”
To amplify his and all of our voices, NBC 5 will be our media sponsor to assist us in promoting this year’s Meal for the Minds. Additionally, NBC 5 will continue to build awareness of Metrocare’s wide range of programs for those who need mental health care, services for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, primary care, housing, and supportive services.
The 2017 Meal for the Minds luncheon will be held Thursday, October 5, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. The silent auction begins at 11:00 a.m. and the lunch program begins at 11:45 a.m. Individual tickets for the luncheon are $150 each and sponsorship opportunities begin at $1,500. For tickets or sponsor information, please visit our website at www.metrocareservies.org/events. For questions, contact Tameka Y. Cass at 214.743.1220 or email [email protected].
* Photo provided by Metrocare