Fun and Fundraising at Circle of Strength

Circle of Strength speaker Amy Pachelli (left) with NCC staff member Melissa Nelson.

Circle of Strength speaker Amy Pachelli (left) with NCC staff member Melissa Nelson.

October 25, 2016

The Circle of Strength grew another 220 women on Saturday as part of the 15th annual women’s fundraising brunch. The October 22 event included brunch, speakers, and a raffle drawing.

The generous women, along with sponsors, helped raise nearly $75,000 to pay for the mental health care of financially fragile women and children in our community. Hundreds of women and children get counseling and psychiatric medication management at NCC each year because of the organization’s commitment to serve all people regardless of ability to pay, religious belief, or social standing. Those services would not be available without donations from supporters, like the attendees at Circle of Strength.

NCC Board member Bethany Bacci (center) brought Ella Neal (left) and Karin Veal to Circle of Strength.

NCC Board member Bethany Bacci (center) brought Ella Neal (left) and Karin Veal to Circle of Strength.

The event featured a talk by Marcy Cottrell Houle about her new book, “The Gift of Caring,” which describes her long journey of caring for her parents in an often unhelpful and challenging healthcare system ill-equipped to effectively treat elderly people.