Coast Mental Health Raised Over $632,000 at The Courage To Come Back Awards

    Successful Event Celebrates the Lives of Six Local Heroes

    VANCOUVER, May 4 /CNW/ - Coast Mental Health announced today that the
2009 Courage To Come Back Awards raised over $632,000 in ticket sales,
partnerships and funds committed the night of the event. The April 30th gala
dinner, hosted by Deborra Hope and Kevin Evans, attracted nearly 800 guests to
honour six British Columbians who have overcome extraordinary challenges and
have given back to their communities.
    Courage guests gave generously, despite these difficult economic times.
Their donations allow Coast to respond to the growing need for services for
people with mental illness, many of whom are homeless. Since 1972, Coast has
provided high-quality housing, employment programs, social opportunities and
community mental health services.
    "The success of this year's event is incredible," said Lorne Segal,
Chair, Courage To Come Back Awards. "The awards celebrated the lives of six
amazing people, and gave us the opportunity to raise funds for Coast. The
generosity from our guests has allowed us to continue our efforts in helping
people get the support needed to overcome their own challenges."
    Darrell Burnham, Coast's Executive Director, said, "Once again the
Courage guests have come through in a tremendous way to support Coast's
programs. This is a wonderful reaffirmation that Coast is truly making a
difference in our communities."
    At the event, awards were given to Helen Burnham (Addiction), Jessica
Brimacombe (Youth), Vivian Garcia (Physical Rehabilitation), Lori Slater
(Medical), Tina Tomashiro (Mental Health) and Becki Wyer (Social Adversity).
    We extend a Special thank you to our 2009 Platinum Sponsors; Scotiabank,
Global TV, Gold sponsors; Great- West Life, BC Housing, The Province, News
1130, Silver Sponsors; Blenz the Canadian Coffee Company, Spectra Energy Corp,
The BC Hydro Employees Community Service Fund, Vancouver Coastal Health,
Fairchild Media Group, and TV Week magazine who continue to make this event a
great success.

    About The Courage To Come Back Awards:

    The Courage To Come Back Awards celebrate people who have inspired others
as they have courageously battled back from illness, adversity or injury.
Through Courage, British Columbians are acknowledged for their
accomplishments, positive attitudes and willingness to give back to their
communities. Through presenting the stories of six amazing recipients each
year at The Courage To Come Back Awards, Coast strives to offer hope to those
suffering from any illness, adversity or injury and to demonstrate that all
people have value and dignity.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact, Julia Zado, (604) 675-2342,
(604) 506-3095,

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