A Tour of Woodley House
20th ANNUAL MOVIE BENEFIT ON DECEMBER 14, 2016!
Our 20th Anniversary of our Movie Benefit was a great success and we want to thank EVERYONE who helped make it such a wonderful evening. To commemorate this milestone event, we were proud to honor Mary Margaret Valenti (who created this signature event) and the Valenti Family for their ongoing support and devotion to Woodley House and the men and women we serve. Tipper Gore, who hosted the VIP Reception at the Vice President’s Residence for the very first Movie Benefit, delivered a warm and personal tribute to Mary Margaret and her family at the Uptown Theater. Courtenay and Mary Margaret were both eloquent in thanking Tipper and everyone for their friendship and support of Woodley House. Bob Schieffer was the perfect Master of Ceremonies, recounting his long friendship with Mary Margaret and Jack and the many times he had attended this Movie Benefit with his lovely wife, Pat. A short Commemorative Film of Mary Margaret and her family and the many movie benefits of the past 20 years was shown before the main attraction.
A special, pre-national release screening of Warner Bros.’ COLLATERAL BEAUTY, starring Will Smith, Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, Edward Norton and Kate Winslet was shown right after the brief program. It depicted the how grief can affect and isolate a person so much that they are unable to appreciate the ‘collateral beauty’ all around, but that friendship and love can see you through to the other side of grief. A moving and satisfying film.
And before this pre-release screening, there was a very special VIP Reception held at The British Embassy hosted by His Excellency Ambassador Darroch and Lady Darroch. It was the absolute perfect setting … the embassy in all its festive holiday décor, with attendees being greeted by glasses of champagne to start the evening. The Ambassador gave some charming remarks to welcome everyone to his home and Board president, Jeanine Boyle thanked the Ambassador and Lady Darroch for their kind and generous reception.
We are greatly appreciative to Warner Bros. and The Coca-Cola Company and to all those whose support means so much to our organization and the people we serve, most especially the Wasserman Foundation, TEVA Pharmaceuticals and all of our Movie Benefit donors. All funds raised go to our programs to provide a safe, comforting residential community in which people struggling with mental illness can heal, along with the support services needed for a lasting recovery.
We will soon post photos of this year’s Movie Benefit so stay tuned!
Woodley House Fall Newsletter
We just published our 2016 Fall Newsletter (newsletter) and do hope that you take a look. It has information about our upcoming Movie Benefit and a special tribute to long-time supporter and ambassador extraordinaire, Ann Pincus. But an apology is in order … a photo of Ann with her great friend Al Hunt was unfortunately mislabeled, identifying Al Hunt as Bill Press! We are so very sorry. The editor can only say that she had been obviously watching and listening to too many political talk shows during this election season, so her mind was swimming with pundits! So please forgive us, Mr. Hunt … and we hope that everyone has a chance to read our newsletter.
WITNESSES — a short film about Woodley House by Charles Guggenheim
In 1999, Academy Award-winning director, Charles Guggenheim produced and directed a short film Witnesses that told the story of six individuals whose lives were touched by their Woodley House experience. Please take a moment to watch the film below. It is truly … treatment that works.
WATCH THE VIDEO here.
KNOW THE 5 SIGNS … to CHANGE DIRECTION!
Woodley House is proud to be a Founding Partner of CHANGE DIRECTION … dedicated to changing the story about how we talk about mental health in America.
One in five Americans has a diagnosable mental illness, but too many don’t understand the warning signs or are reluctant to seek help because of the stigma involved. It’s time to come together to open the conversation … or ‘flip the script’ as First Lady Michelle Obama said in her stirring keynote speech. “Our mental health is just as vital as our physical health, it’s time we start treating it that way”.
Know the 5 SIGNS OF SUFFERING … Personality change; Agitation; Isolation; Poor self care (risky behavior); Hopelessness. If you recognize these signs in yourself or in family member or friend, you might want to reach out for help. Please see www.changedirection.org for more information about this very important campaign and take the pledge yourself to join with us to start the conversation. Only by breaking the barriers of silence can we really make change happen.