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Spring Luncheon Raises Mental Health Awareness

March 30, 2018

Atlanta, GA – Skyland Trail, a nationally recognized nonprofit mental health treatment organization for adults with mental illness, recently held its eleventh annual Associates Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show. More than 280 guests filled the ballroom of the Piedmont Driving Club. Guests enjoyed lunch, a fashion show by Neiman Marcus and a presentation from keynote speaker, Andrea Petersen.

The event was led by Associates president Sue McKinley and vice president Suci Jackson. Through generous sponsors, patrons and guests, more than $88,000 was raised in support of Skyland Trail. Proceeds from the event will support Skyland Trail’s expansion of services to youth ages 14 to 17 through an adolescent mental health treatment program and residential facility. This program will fill an urgent need in our region for evidence-based, high-quality mental health treatment for teens with mood and anxiety disorders.

Sue McKinley, Suci Jackson and Skyland Trail president and CEO Beth Finnerty welcomed guests and sponsors including gold sponsors Atlanta Fine Homes | Sotheby's International Realty; BrandBank; and IBERIABANK and silver sponsors Anna Paré, MD, Dermatology Consultants and VEININNOVATIONS.

Keynote speaker, Andrea Petersen shared her personal experience with mental illness and discussed her first book, On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety.

In-kind sponsors of the event included Anna Paré, M.D. Dermatology Consultants; Cindy Ensor Designs; Huff Harrington Art; Laura Pearce Ltd; VEININNOVATIONS and Woo Skincare + Cosmetics. Patrons of the luncheon included gold patrons Cara Isdell Lee, The Shaifer Family and Betsy West and silver patrons Nan Easterlin, Duvall Fuqua, Suci Jackson, Kim Marks, Sue McKinley, Karen Parker, and Caroline Tucker.


Located in Atlanta, Skyland Trail is a nationally recognized nonprofit mental health treatment organization serving adults ages 18 and older with a primary psychiatric diagnosis. Through our residential and day treatment programs, we help our clients grow, recover, and reclaim their lives. We’re focused on individuals with complex mental health issues, helping them understand that they can be – and are – more than a diagnosis. We offer expert, evidence-based psychiatric care alongside a compassionate, holistic path to wellness. Our integrated mental, medical, and social model helps clients develop strategies to improve mental health, physical wellness, independence, and relationships with family and friends. Unique therapies offered include music, art and horticultural therapy; workforce and school readiness; primary care services; family therapy; and healthy living and nutrition coaching. Learn more at

Photography by Kim Link
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