Mental Health America and The Blues Foundation Team Together for "Jammin' Away the Blues"
"Jammin' Away the Blues" events to raise funds to honor nation's oldest mental health organization's upcoming Centennial
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(Alexandria, Va., August 12, 2008) - The country's oldest and largest mental health organization, Mental Health America is joining together with The Blues Foundation to launch a nationwide Jammin' Away the Blues signature event program to raise the awareness level of the importance of mental health as well as funds for mental health advocacy, public education and research. Jammin' Away the Blues programs will be a one-day community musical event with musicians providing the best in Blues music entertainment. In the fall of 2008, two Jammin' Away the Blues events will be held in San Diego and Kansas City. In 2009, the 100th year anniversary of Mental Health America, more than 10 cities nationwide look to launch their own Jammin' Away the Blues signature Blues events.
"For many years, Mental Health America has looked to launch a nationwide signature event that would raise the level of awareness needed to educate Americans on the importance of mental health," said David L. Shern, president and CEO, Mental Health America. "We have found the perfect partner with The Blues Foundation. With our 320 affiliates nationwide and The Blues Foundation's 160-affiliated organizations, Jammin' Away the Blues will be the perfect platform to reach a wide audience and achieve our educational goals. Further, Blues music is truly Americana."
Headquartered in Memphis, the home of the Blues, The Blues Foundation mission is to preserve Blues history, celebrate Blues excellence, support Blues education and ensure the future of this uniquely American art form.
"Jammin' Away the Blues is such a natural in that the genesis of Blues music can be found in the desire to lift the spirits in the worst of times," notes Jay Sieleman, The Blues Foundation's Executive Director. "Since its beginning, Blues music has served to soothe the soul and it continues to meet that need today. Blues music is designed to help folks ease "the blues" they face in their personal lives.
Corporate sponsorship packages are now available for Jammin' Away the Blues events across the country. For further information, please contact Harry Abel, Vice President, Development, Mental Health America, at: (703) 837-7549 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mental Health America is the country's leading nonprofit dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives. With our more than 320 affiliates nationwide, we represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation - everyday and in times of crisis.