New Milestones Foundation (NMF) held its eighth Annual Champions Event on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009 at The University of Texas AT&T Education Center. The event, which was emceed by local writer and pundit Evan Smith, honored three individuals who have made outstanding contributions to furthering the understanding and treatment of mental illness in this community: Mary Margaret Farabee, Judge Nancy Hohengarten, and Paul Whitelock, MD. NMF Board Member Susan Sager worked with volunteers to create a moving performance of how mental health issues affect those in our community.
Funds from the Champions Event will be used to help support NMF’s Capital Campaign to renovate two facilities providing crisis respite services to adults experiencing a mental health crisis.
Evan Smith, Emcee,
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Mary Margaret FarabeeA co-founder of the Texas Book Fair, Mary Margaret Farabee had long been active on behalf of various Austin projects when she shifted her focus to organizations working on behalf of treatment and research for mental health and substance use issues. A former Champions Event co-chair, she worked with Phoenix House of Texas and currently serves on the boards of People’s Community Clinic and the Children’s Study Project.
Judge Nancy HohengartenServing as a Criminal Judge in Travis County Court at Law 5 since 2002, Judge Nancy Hohengarten has shed light on the high number of individuals with mental illness and substance use disorders in the criminal justice system. To address this issue, she helped found the Travis County Public Defenders’ Office to ensure that plaintiffs are competent to stand trial and works from the bench to make referrals to Project Recovery, an innovative program for men with severe alcoholism and records of arrest.
Paul Whitelock, MDDr. Paul Whitelock is a psychiatrist who has served as the Medical Director of Seton Shoal Creek Hospital for the past eight years to expand residential treatment programs for both children and adults. Long active in the medical community, he has treated hundreds of patients and trained and mentored two generations of psychiatric professionals.
Thank you to all of our 2009 Champions supporters! Click here to view the list of sponsors.