What a special day it was on May 17 at the Wisconsin Club in downtown Milwaukee as almost 300 individuals converged to celebrate mental health and wellness.
This year’s fundraising success can also be attributed to author Laura Sandretti as well as select local and national retailers that set up “pop up shops” at the event and donated a portion of their sales to Rogers Foundation. Browsing a wide array of items that were meant to inspire health and wellness was both fun and meaningful. Thank you to the following:
- Kendra Scott (Brookfield)
- MayHouse Collection (Oconomowoc)
- Laura Sandretti – Author, Speaker and Blogger
One hundred percent of the funds raised at the Women’s Gathering ensures that spiritual care services are available for those who wish to explore faith as a part of their recovery process. Consider these words from a grateful patient:
“Thank you for being such an integral part of my recovery. I love going to the spiritual care group every week. Thank you for helping me explore and uncover my faith and for sharing spiritual wisdom with me. Thanks to you, I now have a life worth living!”
Under the theme of “Self-awareness: Reenergize your mental and spiritual health in the new normal,” this annual fundraising and awareness event featured presentations that provided inspiration and take-aways to help guests grow in their wellness journeys. It also honored May as mental health awareness month by inviting guests to wear a touch of lime green in a show of support, and it provided a big hug to patients at Rogers by encouraging guests to bring a stuffed animal for treatment teams to give out during times of need. By the time all guests arrived, the collection table was heaped with “furry friends” awaiting a hug from their new companion.
From the Asain-inspire menu to the inspirational speakers, it was a truly a beautiful day! Molly Wissler, RN, at Rogers Behavioral Health had this to say about the event:
My favorite part was listening to the former Rogers’ resident speak. If there is one thing that has kept me working in this field for all these years, it’s hearing updates and life changing stories of past residents and how they’ve taken their treatment and really made a lifestyle out of it.”
We hope you will gather with us next year on May 16 at the Wisconsin Club in downtown Milwaukee.
Watch our speakers' presentations
The Foundation’s impact
Christie Toson, member of Rogers Foundation’s Board of Directors
Marissa, former patient
Spiritual Care at Rogers
Christine Dawley, MS, LPC, manager of Spiritual Care
Rachel Leonard, PhD, executive director of clinical strategy
View the photo gallery
Photos by the talented Jake Hill, Photographer & Artist