Mason's Center for Community Mental Health announces seventh annual Food for Thought fundraising event

by Melanie O'Brien

Mason's Center for Community Mental Health announces seventh annual Food for Thought fundraising event

George Mason University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the seventh annual Food for Thought fundraising event to support the College’s Center for Community Mental Health. The event will be held on May 2 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Country Club of Fairfax, 5100 Ox Road, Fairfax, VA.

The Center for Community Mental Health, which recently celebrated the grand opening of its new facility in the City of Fairfax, provides affordable and culturally sensitive therapy and testing services to those in need, regardless of income. It is one of the only sites in the mid-Atlantic to offer therapies and testing on a sliding scale, which enables access to care for as low as $5 per session. The Center provides services to children as young as age 5, and works with community members across the lifespan, including children, adolescents, adults, veterans. It also serves as the main training clinic for Mason doctoral candidates in clinical psychology, as well as students in other behavioral health disciplines such as counseling and social work.

Food for Thought proceeds will help provide free community health programs, free emotional support, free and very low-cost therapies and testing services, as well as family psychological support. All funds are used to support the Center’s lowest-income clients to ensure equitable access to high-quality services.

“The Center for Community Mental Health firmly believes that mental health services should be available to everyone, regardless of ability to pay,” said Robyn Mehlenbeck, Center for Community Mental Health director. She added, “We are deeply grateful to our supporters who make it possible to provide these vital services to members of our community at an affordable rate. I can’t think of a better way to kick off National Mental Health Awareness month in May.”

The event will include inspirational stories from individuals who have experienced first-hand the impact of the Center for Community Mental Health. Food and drinks will be served, and both live and silent auctions—a favorite at past events—will offer guests the opportunity to bid on items generously donated by local businesses, community members, and supporters. The “fund-a-need" and auctions will directly support the following funds:

  • The Ray Eck Youth Services Fund: Supports services for children, teens, and young adults under age 25 in need of counseling services.
  • The Jennifer DiMauro Fund for Veterans: Supports free assessments and therapy for veterans. This fund was created in memory of Jennifer DiMauro, a graduate student whose work at the Center focused on helping veterans through assessments and therapy.

The Center for Community Mental Health expresses gratitude to Food for Thought presenting sponsor Leidos for their generous contribution, partnership, and commitment to its cause.

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities can be purchased online on the event website