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Pine Rest Celebrates Centennial

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services is observing historic milestones in 2010; the 100th anniversary of the organization and the 50th anniversary of the Pine Rest Foundation.   The anniversary year celebration kicks off on October, 26, 2010 with the Reaching Out, Changing Lives Anniversary Gala.  The highlight of the evening features special guest Mrs. Rosalynn Carter, former First Lady and author of the recently released book, “Within our Reach: Ending the Mental Health Crisis.”  The gala will also showcase Pine Rest and the Pine Rest Foundation through entertainment, displays and a multi-media presentation.  

The October 26 event details are:
· 5:30 p.m. Reception and social hour
· 7 p.m. Program and dinner
· Held at the DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids
· A portion of the purchase price is tax-deductible
· Individual seats are $150, and sponsorships are available by calling 616/281-6390.

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter has worked for more than three decades to improve the quality of life for people around the world. She became active honorary chair of the President’s commission on Mental Health, which resulted in passage of the Mental Health Systems Act of 1980.  

 “Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and Pine Rest have been advocates of people with behavioral health and substance abuse issues for decades,” says Mark Eastburg, Ph.D., CEO and President of Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services.  “It’s fitting that the Former First Lady speak at the Pine Rest gala.  Much progress has been made for the people we serve, but we look forward to much more in the next century of care.” 

Proceeds from this year’s dinner will benefit the Pine Rest Foundation’s endowment fund which is used to provide grants to programs and services, and support the Patient Assistance Fund.

Pine Rest was founded on June 17, 1910, when a group of concerned citizens, many of them ministers representing a variety of denominations, officially adopted the constitution for The Association for the Christian Care of the Mentally Ill in North America. Later that same year, the Cutlerville Farm was purchased as the site for the Christian Psychopathic Hospital, now known as Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services.  

The strong roots established a century ago have provided a solid foundation for the contemporary and innovative behavioral health care offered at Pine Rest today. Guided by its Christian-based mission, Pine Rest promises an exceptional care experience that changes lives. The care promise is supported by measurable outcomes and value.  

About Pine Rest
Pine Rest is one of the five largest free-standing behavioral health providers in the U.S., offering a full continuum of services including addiction treatment and recovery, extensive child and adolescent programs, senior care services, and Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT). In addition to the main campus in Grand Rapids, Pine Rest also has 16 outpatient locations throughout West Michigan and two in Iowa.   

About the Pine Rest Foundation
The Pine Rest Foundation was established to help Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services advance the healing ministry of Jesus Christ through its provision of behavioral health care services. Since its inception, the Pine Rest Foundation has made grants of over $5.1 million to Pine Rest. The Pine Rest Foundation oversees a general endowment generated through annual membership gifts, proceeds from special events, bequests, and other outright or deferred gifts.