Community Responders Honored at Heroes with Heart
April 12, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Amy Safford, director of marketing and communications, at 661-6616 asafford@MaineBehavioralHealthcare.org
Portland, ME (April 11, 2017) – The Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) in greater Portland is honoring police, fire, medical personnel and TIP volunteers at the 12th Annual Heroes with Heart celebration on April 12, 5:30 – 8:30 pm, at Holiday Inn by the Bay. This annual event celebrates the everyday heroes in our communities who demonstrate compassion and kindness to survivors of tragedies.
A program of Maine Behavioral Healthcare, TIP trains citizen volunteers to provide emotional and practical support to survivors of traumatic events and their families in the first few hours following a tragedy. Volunteers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year-round, to respond to emergency scene calls from police and fire crews, first responders, and personnel at Maine Medical Center.
This year’s Heart of Gold Award will be presented to Creighton Taylor who began her work as a mental health advocate after her son was diagnosed with schizophrenia as a young adult. She uses her own family's experience to advocate for others who are struggling to cope with the challenges of mental illness and stigma.
Tickets, $50 per person, can be purchased at www.mainebehavioralhealthcare.org/heroes. The event is hosted by local television personality, Shannon Moss, and includes Hors d’oeuvres, desserts, silent auction, raffles, awards, and a cash bar.
TIP of Portland was established in 2004, in partnership with TIP National and the Junior League of Portland, and works in cooperation with the Portland, South Portland, Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough, Westbrook, Gorham, Falmouth, Cumberland, and Windham police and fire departments, as well as Maine Medical Center and the Maine State Police. TIP is a program provided by Maine Behavioral Healthcare with over 30 locations throughout southern, mid-coast, and western Maine.