Charity Golf Event Raises $69,000 for Skyland Trail Mental Health Treatment Programs

The sixth annual Living Out Loud Celebrity Golf Tournament organized by the SagerStrong Foundation raised $69,000 for Skyland Trail mental health programs for adults and teens. Additional funds raised through the event were directed to the SagerStrong Foundation and blood cancer research. Skyland Trail Board of Directors member Sharmila Prabhu along with Stacy Sager, President of the SagerStrong Foundation, served as the event’s hosts.

“We’re truly grateful for the opportunity to partner with Skyland Trail this year on this destination golf event, made possible by the generous support of the sponsors and donors of the Living Out Loud Golf Tournament,” says Sager.

Although the golf portion of the event was largely canceled due to inclement weather, participants enjoyed many indoor activities. Ben Hunter, MD, FAPA, psychiatrist and Interim Chief Medical Officer at Skyland Trail, spoke to attendees about the importance of evidence-based mental health treatment during a kick-off dinner. Event attendees included former professional athletes, actors and actresses, business leaders, and media personalities.

“Thank you to the SagerStrong Foundation and the Living Out Loud Golf Tournament for including Skyland Trail in the event,” said Beth Finnerty, President and CEO of Skyland Trail. “Thanks to the generosity of the event’s participants and supporters, more individuals and families will be able to participate in and complete evidence-based mental health treatment programs for teens and adults at Skyland Trail.”

Adult and adolescent clients in the residential psychiatric treatment programs at Skyland Trail benefit from evidence-based therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) as well as holistic wellness programs like art, music, and horticultural therapy; fitness and nutrition counseling; and vocational and academic services.

Representatives from the SagerStrong Foundation and Skyland Trail holding a check for $69,000
Pictured left to right: Sharmila Prabhu, Beth Finnerty, Ben Hunter, Terri Grunduski, and Stacey Sager