On May 1, 150 partners from across the state joined MCF at the BWI Hilton for its Annual Luncheon Celebration. Now in its 15th year, the Luncheon brought partners together to celebrate children’s mental health and honor our 2015 awardees.
Awards were presented to Laci McCusker, who received the Youth Award, Robyn Quinter, who received the Jan Yocum dé Caleron Advocacy Award, and Jane Walker, MCF’s founding director, who received the Family Partnership Award, which will henceforth be renamed the Jane Walker Family Partnership Award.
As is MCF’s tradition, a children’s book was selected as the theme for the event. This year’s book was “Giraffes Can’t Dance” written by Giles Andreae and illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees, with its inspiring message that being different is okay. Students from the The Harbour School at Annapolis charmed the audience with their rendition of the story through dance and music.
New for 2015, the Luncheon Celebration also served as a kickoff to Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week with Mental Health Association of Maryland CEO Linda Raines joining MCF Executive Director Jane Plapinger at the podium to kickoff the week. Kim Malat of the Governor's Office for Children read Governor Hogan's proclamation declaring May 3-9 as Children's Mental Health Awareness Week.
Thank you to our 15th Annual Luncheon Celebration Sponsors: