SMA HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION AND OCEAN DECK TO HOST SMA BEACH 5K

The SMA Healthcare Foundation is pleased to announce the 24th Annual SMA Beach 5K and Sand & Sun Fest, hosted by the Ocean Deck, on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 10am. 

 The SMA Beach 5K (f/k/a BEACH House 5K), a chip-timed run/walk held on the beach outside the Ocean Deck Restaurant, located at 127 S. Ocean Avenue, Daytona Beach, is held annually to help raise funds to support BEACH House and other SMA Healthcare programs and services, as well as to provide awareness of SMA’s addiction and mental health services in our community. 

 Ocean Deck Restaurant began hosting the event in 2010, when Ken Bots, an avid runner and managing partner at the Ocean Deck, noted that the event needed a proper venue and partner to help build the run.  They have continued their generous support ever since, not just providing the venue, but assisting with staffing, valet and parking, refreshments and event promotion.  Ocean Deck also covers a portion of the cost for the custom designed “Florida Sea Life” medals that were introduced in 2018, and they donate a percentage of all sales the day of the run, up to 2:00 p.m., including food, drink and merchandise from the gift shop. 

 “We are very appreciative of the amazing support Ocean Deck provides, as well as all the sponsors, donors and volunteers who help make the event a success each year” said Jennifer Secor, Executive Director of the Foundation.  “We are also very excited to introduce this year’s finisher medal, the Sea Turtle, in the custom designed “Florida Sea Life” series.  To add a little fun with the sea turtle theme this year, one of the Tortugas mascots will be joining us.” 

 The SMA Healthcare Foundation is also issuing a “5+5=10K Challenge”.  Present a bib from an earlier race the day of the SMA Beach 5k, and receive a sneaker charm and entry into a special door prize drawing.

 The SMA Beach 5K is supported by Run 4 a Cause and Chris Batista of 5K Race Director for race timing and equipment.  Sponsors include Brown & Brown Insurance, James Moore & Co., FPL, Rosaria Upchurch Ph.D., TAG Ventures Real Estate, Mutual of Omaha, and Nature’s Garden-Orange City.  Sponsorship opportunities are still available. 

 Packet pick up opens at 8:00 am, and the run/walk starts promptly at 10:00 am.  There will be a ceremony immediately following the run, and awards given for best overall male and female, and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd by age group. 

 For more details about the event, or to register, please visit www.SMABeach5K.org. You may also contact Cyndi Hines, PR Specialist at SMA Healthcare Foundation, at 386-254-1136 or chines@smahealthcare.org

 If you are interested in supporting SMA Healthcare and the SMA Healthcare Foundation, please contact Jennifer Secor, CFRE, Executive Director, at 386-254-1139 or jsecor@smahealthcare.org

 

SMA FOUNDATION RAISES OVER $100,000 FOR CHET BELL CRISIS CENTER

The SMA Healthcare Foundation (the Foundation) is pleased to announce that over $100,000 was raised for much needed renovations at SMA’s Chet Bell Crisis Center.    

The Foundation hosted its annual dinner celebration and auction on Wednesday, July 3rd, featuring Jeff Burton, NASCAR on NBC Analyst and former NASCAR driver.  The event was attended by nearly 400 community members, who came out to support SMA and what they do in our community.  With sponsorships totaling $85,000, including the title sponsorship by Brown & Brown Insurance, individual seats and donations, and a live auction bringing in $15,700, this annual fundraising event raised a net of over $100,000 for the Chet Bell Crisis Center (CBCC). 

In addition to the funds for the CBCC, the event raised nearly $17,000 for the new Larry and Joan Kelly Scholarship Fund.

“The CBCC serves individuals in need of safety, comfort and care when they are experiencing a mental health or substance use emergency. These are our neighbors, friends, co-workers and family members” states Carl Lentz, IV, the SMA Healthcare Foundation’s Chairman of the Board, “The Foundation is proud to be able to assist in renovations that will help create an environment where SMA can care for these individuals in the best way possible.” 

Built in the 1990’s, the CBCC is in dire need of improvements to overcome the institutional, cold and unwelcoming atmosphere. The funds raised will go toward renovations that will transform the site into a modern healthcare facility.

“Despite serving thousands of individuals at SMA last year, they had to turn away over 1,200 people from the CBCC” shared Jennifer Secor, CFRE, Executive Director of the SMA Healthcare Foundation. “Thanks to the support of our donors and supporters, the facility will also be able to increase the numbers they can serve each year.” 

SMA HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES LARRY & JOAN KELLY SCHOLARSHIP FUND

The SMA Healthcare Foundation (the Foundation) honored Larry Kelly at its annual dinner celebration and auction on July 3rd, with the presentation of the Benny Parsons Award, followed by the surprise announcement of the establishment of the Larry and Joan Kelly Scholarship Fund. 

The Benny Parsons Award was presented in appreciation for Mr. Kelly’s remarkable commitment to SMA Healthcare, the SMA Healthcare Foundation, and our community. Mr. Kelly served on the Foundation’s Board of Directors since 1999, and after 55 years of service to the community, recently resigned to “turn some things over to the next generation”. 

“Presentation of the Penny Parsons Award, after all the years of service and significant contributions to SMA, just didn’t seem like enough” states Carl Lentz, IV, the SMA Healthcare Foundation’s Chairman of the Board, “we knew we had to do more to say thank you, to honor both Larry and his late wife Joan.”

The Larry and Joan Kelly Scholarship Fund will be used to provide a minimum of $1,500 annually to a student either already enrolled or enrolling in nursing courses with a focus on behavioral health. A lead gift of $10,000 was received from the Perryman Family Foundation to kick off the scholarship, and another $6,900 was raised with the auction of teddy bears at the dinner.  With each bear auctioned, a child of a mother in SMA’s WARM (Women Assisting Recovering Mothers) program will receive a bear of their own, and all funds raised go directly into the fund.    

Mr. Kelly was instrumental in helping with the initial discussions between the Foundation and Michelle and Vince Carter for the capital campaign that built the Vince Carter Sanctuary, which now houses WARM. Mrs. Kelly was a long-time volunteer with the WARM program, where she loved the children and shared with clients many stories of her career as a nurse. 

“Incorporating the auction of teddy bears for the kids at WARM in order to raise funds for a scholarship fund for nursing seemed like a great way to honor Joan” said Jennifer Secor, Executive Director of the Foundation. “and we are thrilled that the bears were such a great success.”

Larry Kelly receiving Benny Parsons Award from Carl Lentz

Jeff Burton to be Honored at SMA Healthcare Foundation’s Annual Dinner Celebration & Auction

 

The SMA Healthcare Foundation is pleased to announce Jeff Burton, NASCAR on NBC Announcer and former NASCAR Driver, as the honoree at their Annual Dinner Celebration & Auction.

The event is presented by title sponsor, Brown & Brown Insurance, and is scheduled for Wednesday, July 3 at the DAYTONA 500 Club at Daytona International Speedway. Activities will begin at 6 p.m. with a social hour for all attendees, followed by dinner and program at 7 p.m. Live music will be performed during the social hour by local country artist, Karegan. The theme is “Red, White and Blue Jeans”.

Held every year as part of the summer races at Daytona International Speedway, this fundraising event draws over 400 attendees and is supported by numerous business and individuals in the community. “We are proud of the support of our community and sponsors” states Jennifer Secor, Executive Director of the SMA Foundation, “and we want to offer them a great experience when they come out to our events”.

The live auction is one of the most popular activities during the evening. Some of the items being presented for auction on July 3rd are:

• All-Access NASCAR TV Experience at the Coke Zero Sugar 400 Weekend for Four (4). This includes 4 hot passes (allowing guests access to Garages and Pit Road), 4 tickets to the XFINITY RACE and CUP RACE, an exclusive tour of the NBC TV Compound and inside the LIVE Race Truck during one of the NBC broadcast events, and exclusive tour of the LIVE TV Broadcast Booth.

• Handmade leather DAYTONA 500 champion jacket, autographed by 2019 DAYTONA 500 winner, Denny Hamlin

• Hot laps on Coke Zero Sugar 400 race day with a celebrity driver (TBA).

Sponsorship opportunities and corporate tables are available, starting at $1,500. Individual seats $200.

For more information about the event, please contact Cyndi Hines, Public Relations and Events Specialist, at 386-254-1136, or email chines@smahealthcare.org.

SMA Healthcare Foundation is a 501C-3 corporation and is eligible for tax-exempted contributions by the US Internal Revenue Service. They accept cash donations, stocks and securities, as well as land and property. They can be found online at http://www.smafoundation.com or reached via telephone at 386-254-1136.

 

SMA HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION TO HOST FOURTH ANNUAL MENTAL HEALTH SYMPOSIUM

The SMA Healthcare Foundation (the Foundation) is pleased to announce its 4th Annual Who is Jay? Mental Health Symposium to be held at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach on Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The symposium, titled Transforming Lives Through Hope & Healing, is open to the community, and media is welcome.  Held in May as part of National Mental Health Month activities, the symposium is designed to bring awareness, education, and inspiration.

The opening keynote speaker is Sam Tsemberis, Ph.D. Dr. Tsemberis is presenting “Transforming Systems and Changing Lives”, explaining how a person-centered approach to engagement, treatment and housing has proven effective in turning treatment failures into a success.

The keynote speaker over lunch is Joshua Rivedal, actor and author. Josh will present “Navigating Out of the Ocean of Why – Making Meaning After a Suicide Loss”, a combination of his one-man Broadway style play and a keynote that provides the powerful message that suicide is preventable when we speak out, and the journey or process that helps make meaning after a suicide loss.

Presentations throughout the day will include the following:

  • Ending the Criminalization of Mental Illness, presented by Judge Steven Leifman, Administrative Judge for the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida, overseeing the Miami-Dade Mental Health Court
  • Introduction to Mental Health First Aid, presented by SMA’s Salvatore Gintoli and Shawn Proctor
  • Research Updates in Behavioral Health, presented by Sara Jo Nixon, Ph.D., University of Florida’s Department of Psychiatry, McKnight Brain Institute
  • The Great Divorce: Faith and Mental Health, presented by Dean Kate Moorehead, St. John’s Cathedral Episcopal Diocese of Florida in Jacksonville

“We are excited to bring such high caliber speakers from around the US and the State of Florida to our community” said Jennifer Secor, Executive Director of the Foundation. “The symposium was designed to bring mental health awareness and education to our community, and to touch on current and relevant topics.”

The cost to attend is $45 if registered and paid on or before April 12 ($55 after). Students are $25, and NAMI members can attend for free.  The registration fee includes the full day of speakers and presentations, parking at the Ocean Center, lunch and refreshments.  All attendees will also receive a free copy of Josh Rivedal’s The i’Mpossible Project Lemonade Stand: Volume I. For behavioral health professionals, they can also earn up to 5.25 CEU’s.  To register, please visit https://www.whoisjay.org/2018-mental-health-symposium/ and click on the registration link.

Sam Tsemberis is a clinical psychologist who developed the “Housing First” model. He serves as President of the Pathways Housing First Institute and on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry, New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center.  Dr. Tsemberis also serves as Executive Director of the VA-UCLA Center of Excellence for Training and Research at the Greater Los Angeles VA.   Dr. Tsemberis has published numerous articles and book chapters, and two books: Housing First by Hazelden Publishing, and with Drs. Padgett and Henwood Housing First by Oxford University Press.   He has received wide recognition and media coverage for his work, including the Distinguished Contribution to Independent Practice Award from the American Psychological Association and the Meritorious Service Cross from the Government of Canada.

Josh Rivedal is the creator and founder of Changing Minds: A Mental Health Based Curriculum and The i’Mpossible Project. He is trained in community counseling from the Southern California Counseling Center; human capital management with an emphasis in coaching from NYU; and is also trained in QPR, ASIST, and the teacher’s edition of emotional intelligence at Yale University’s Center for Emotional Intelligence. He has spoken about suicide prevention, mental health, diversity, anti-bullying, and storytelling across the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Australia. He currently serves on the advisory board of Docz, a startup peer-to-peer mental health app. He wrote and developed the one-man play, Kicking My Blue Genes in The Butt, which has toured extensively throughout the world paired with suicide prevention education. His memoir The Gospel According to Josh: A 28-Year Gentile Bar Mitzvah, based on his one-man play, is on The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s recommended reading list. His second book, The i’Mpossible Project: Volume 1—Reengaging with Life, Creating a New You, debuted #1 in its category on Amazon in January 2016. Three more editions of The i’Mpossible Project have been published including Lemonade Stand: Volume I. He is the co-author of two journal papers, one on the trajectory of the survivor of suicide loss, the other on surviving trauma.

The Who is Jay? mental health awareness campaign started in May 2015 with a few billboards and t-shirts directing individuals to a website with mental health resources. To date the site has over 24,000 visits.  In 2016 there was the addition of a half day mental health symposium held in St. Augustine.  In 2017 the event was moved to the Ocean Center and expanded to include a full day symposium with national speakers.  “The Who is Jay? mental health awareness campaign and symposium continues its annual growth and has become an incredible outreach tool for SMA Healthcare and the SMA Healthcare Foundation” said Carl Lentz, Chairman of the Board for the Foundation. “The Foundation is committed to supporting this wonderful endeavor in hopes to reach all those affected in our area.”

Funding for the event is provided in part by the Jay’s Hope Fund, which is managed by the SMA Healthcare Foundation, registration fees and sponsorships. If you are interested in sponsoring the event, please contact Cyndi Hines, Public Relations & Events Specialist at SMA Healthcare Foundation 386-254-1136 or chines@smahealthcare.org.  For more details about the event, please visit www.SMAFoundation.com or www.whoisjay.org.

If you are interested in supporting SMA Healthcare and the SMA Healthcare Foundation, please contact Jennifer Secor, CFRE, Executive Director, at 386-254-1139 or jsecor@smahealthcare.org.

SMA (& SMA FOUNDATION) ANNOUNCES NEW NAME

Stewart-Marchman-Act (SMA) Behavioral Health Services, Inc., the local provider of comprehensive quality mental health and substance abuse treatment services for more than 50 years, announced today the launch of a new name in an effort to improve their brand identity. The organization will now be known simply as SMA Healthcare. This name change will be reflected in their new logo, and domain name (www.SMAhealthcare.org).

The name SMA Healthcare represents the evolution of the agency, which has grown to nearly 900 employees as a result of multiple mergers and acquisitions over the last decade. This growth necessitated the organization’s strategic restructure in 2016, placing an executive manager in each of the four counties served – Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns, and Volusia. Soon thereafter, administrative offices were relocated to increase available outpatient service space in Daytona Beach, allowing for consolidation of East Volusia outpatient services on the agency’s original site at 1220 Willis Avenue. This location is now home to a primary health clinic, as well as treatment of mental health and substance use disorders.

While the reputation and equity built under the previous moniker is a valuable asset, the new name more accurately reflects the organization’s complex array of services and geographic reach.

“Over the past 50 years, we’ve grown in scope, size, and region of service,” said Ivan Cosimi, SMA Healthcare CEO. “Our market research indicates that evolving our name is the appropriate strategic move for us. It is important that we represent our services accurately as we pursue new avenues of funding to support our service array, and that we remain easily identifiable in the minds of our clients and our community.”

This effort embodies an organization that is reinventing itself, but is still very committed to its community behavioral health roots. SMA Healthcare will build upon its history of excellence, service, and quality care, while keeping the door open to future opportunities.

“Our commitment to the community we serve will not change,” said Cosimi, “there is incredible potential to grow. Our efforts to accurately represent the services we provide will position us for those opportunities.”

Following suit, the Stewart Marchman Act Foundation, a single purpose foundation that has supported the efforts of the healthcare agency since 1997, will now be known as the SMA Healthcare Foundation.

RUSTY WALLACE AND DAVID A. SIEGEL TO JOIN SMA FOUNDATION AT 20TH ANNUAL DINNER CELEBRATION & AUCTION

The Stewart Marchman-Act Foundation (SMA Foundation) is pleased to announce the details of their 20th Annual Dinner Celebration and Auction.

This year’s dinner honors Rusty Wallace, NASCAR Champion and NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee, and features guest speaker, David A. Siegel, Founder, President and CEO of Westgate Resorts. The event is presented by title sponsor, Brown & Brown Insurance, and is scheduled for Wednesday, June 27 at the DAYTONA 500 Club at Daytona International Speedway.  Activities will begin at 6 p.m. with a social hour for all attendees, followed by dinner and program at 7 p.m.

This year’s theme is “All About the 20’s: Celebrating the SMA Foundation’s 20th Anniversary”.  Live 20s-era jazz music will be performed from 6-7pm by local musicians, Daniel “Saxman” Fuqua and J. Muzic Carson.

David Siegel will address the Opioid Crisis in our communities and nation. “The opioid epidemic affects individuals, their families and friends and does not discriminate.  SMA and the Foundation are helping to provide the resources necessary to assist those in our community overcome addiction and live healthy lives” said Carl Lentz, Chairman of the Board for the SMA Foundation, “making it a priority for the Foundation’s current fundraising efforts”. The funds raised will be used to support the immediate needs of SMA’s programs and services.

Held every year as part of the Summer races at Daytona International Speedway, this fundraising event draws over 400 attendees each year and is supported by numerous business and individuals in the community. “We are proud of the support of our community and sponsors” states Jennifer Secor, Executive Director of the SMA Foundation, “and we want to offer them a great experience when they come out to our events”.

The live auction is one of the most popular activities during the evening. Some of the items being presented for auction on June 27 are:

  • A limited edition Peavey Composite Acoustics guitar, autographed by all artists who performed at the 2018 Country 500, including headliners Toby Keith, Chris Stapleton, and Dierks Bentley
  • All-Access MRN Radio Experience at the Coke Zero Sugar 400 Weekend for Four (4)
  • Handmade leather DAYTONA 500 champion jacket, autographed by 2018 champion (and last year’s dinner honoree, Austin Dillon)

Sponsorship opportunities are available, starting at $1,500. Individual seats $200.

For more information about the event, please contact Cyndi Hines at 386-254-1136, or email chines@smabehavioral.org.