SYFS to shine a ‘Sparkle of Hope’ on mental health


SYFS to shine a ‘Sparkle of Hope’ on mental health
Members of the Sparkle of Hope event committee include (l to r) Kathleen Keohane, Liz Clemenzi, Lynn Lynch, Justin Mussler, Anna Chittim, Susan Haffty, Michelle Duke, Christine Mowry, and Karen Donovan Bean. Photo/submitted

Shrewsbury – On Saturday, March 11, Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services (SYFS) will host its inaugural “Sparkle of Hope” event to benefit the agency’s mental health initiatives.

The evening will be held at Saint John’s High School in Shrewsbury beginning at 6 p.m. It will include cocktails, a gourmet dinner prepared by Struck Catering, games, DJ, dancing, and live and silent auctions led by professional auctioneer John Terrio. In addition, Matt and Laurie Hogan will be awarded the agency’s prestigious Harry S. Cutting Jr. Award for their outstanding contributions to the Shrewsbury community.

“This is going to be a fun and festive evening that benefits a very important cause” said Justin Mussler, co-executive director, operations and development. “We have a fabulous auction that includes a trip to Costa Rica, an NYC Thanksgiving getaway, and premium Red Sox and Bruins tickets. We are also offering VIP packages to the upcoming Faith Hill/Tim McGraw, Justin Bieber, Kenny Chesney, and James Taylor concerts.

“For the golf enthusiasts, we will have a Golf Poker and Putting Challenge. There will certainly be something for everyone at this event. We are also very pleased to announce that Grossman Development Group, LLC will once again be our presenting sponsor.”

According to Anna Chittim, co-executive director, clinical services, “nearly one in five Americans, including children aged 13-18, struggle with a mental health condition. That translates to 7,000 individuals just here in the Shrewsbury community. Our goal is to remind us all that mental illness is common and we are working hard to eradicate the stigma associated with it. With the proper support and treatment that our agency offers, recovery and positive health is possible. Proceeds from this event will help us to continue to service the mental health needs of our community.”

Tickets are $100 per person and are available through Monday, March 6. To learn more or to purchase tickets, visit the SYFS website at or call 508-845-6932.

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