Media Releases

The Pine Rest Foundation Will Host A Special Evening News Program At Its Annual Dinner On October 4

The Pine Rest Foundation will present a special edition of the evening news at its Annual Dinner on Tuesday, October 4, beginning at 6 p.m. Newscasters and hosts David and Carol Van Andel will guide guests through a special evening that includes keynote speaker Kathy Cronkite and honorees Dan and Lou Ann Gaydou.

The news theme is in honor of the news-connected honorees and speaker. Dan Gaydou is publisher of “The Grand Rapids Press,” and keynote speaker Kathy Cronkite is the daughter of famed television newscaster Walter Cronkite.

Event details are:

  • 6 p.m. Reception
  • 7 p.m.  Program and dinner
  • Held at J.W. Marriott in downtown Grand Rapids
  • Individual seats are $150 per person and still available
  • A percentage of each ticket is tax-deductible

2011 Keynote Speaker Kathy Cronkite, Mental Health Advocate

Kathy Cronkite is a popular writer, journalist and public speaker. As one of the millions who suffer from clinical depression, she has become a tireless advocate and champion for mental health.

In writing her book, “On the Edge of Darkness: Conversations About Conquering Depression,” Cronkite interviewed numerous celebrities who suffer from depression. Combined with well-known mental illness researchers’ interviews, these celebrity conversations cast a dispelling light on the myths and stigma that surround mental illness. Her presentations are enlivened with compassion, humor and honesty.

2011 Honorees of the Jay Van Den Berg Award for Leadership

The event will feature the Jay Van Den Berg leadership award presentation to honorees Dan and Lou Ann Gaydou who have been long-standing friends and partners with the Pine Rest Foundation. “Dan and Lou Ann Gaydou will tell you that Pine Rest is a ‘special gift’ to this community,” says Randall Johnson, Executive Director of the Pine Rest Foundation, “but I feel it is the Gaydous who are the special gift, and we are blessed to have them within our midst.”

“The Gaydous are being recognized because of their strong advocacy for the people of this community and their support of the agencies and organizations that strive to make a difference,” says Johnson. “We thank them for using their creativity, their energies, and their resources to make a lasting impact for the next generation.”

Guests at the event will also learn about the three research projects Pine Rest is currently doing in regards to patients diagnosed with depression.

“By involving ourselves in research, we are not only aiming to provide the best evidence based care available, but we are discovering and defining the best practices of tomorrow,” says Eric Achtyes, M.D., Pine Rest psychiatrist. “We want to add to the body of scientific knowledge so that our colleagues across the country and world will be able to communicate with us about the work we are doing.”

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

To reserve seats or to receive information regarding sponsorship opportunities, call the Pine Rest Foundation at 616/281-6390.

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 50 years ago, the Foundation has distributed $11 million in gifts through an endowment to Pine Rest for charitable care and treatment, research, program innovations, education and facility improvement. The endowment is generated through annual membership gifts, proceeds from special events, bequests, and other outright or deferred gifts. 

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 inpatient and partial hospitalization, residential and outpatient services, addiction treatment and recovery, extensive child and adolescent programs, senior care services, as well as specialized assessment and treatment clinics. In addition to the main campus in Grand Rapids, Pine Rest also has 16 outpatient locations throughout West Michigan and two in Iowa. Pine Rest achieved an historic milestone in June 2010 when the organization marked 100 years of service to the greater Grand Rapids and national community.