Associates Hosts 25th Annual Fundraising Banquet
Around 365 guests gathered inside the ballroom of the historic Millennium Center April 19 to hear a compelling message from Mark Whitacre, subject of the Hollywood hit The Informant.
Mark wore a wire for the FBI for three years while traveling and working in a high-powered, pressure-filled environment. His journey was complicated by undiagnosed bipolar disorder. More than a story of business success or failure, Mark’s story is about hope, family commitment, redemption, and working for mental and emotional health.
“This year's banquet was a fabulous event. The Millennium Center is a great venue and Mark Whitacre, our speaker delivered a very captivating message about his own personal journey that involved mental illness,” said Charlie Williams, who just concluded his service as board chair. “Although we didn't raise as much money as we had hoped, we are grateful for those that continue to support ACC with their giving and their prayers.”
Karen Googe, member of the Associates board and chair of the banquet committee, echoed Williams’ praise. She pointed out that Mark’s message was a real gift to those present with bipolar or other mental illness, as well as those in the room in relationship with someone dealing with a mental illness.
“Some of the feedback I heard from other guests was how Mark’s story made their own mental illness feel more accepted and real. He was so relatable.”
“I think Mark’s message was as closely aligned to the message and mission of Associates as any speaker we have ever had,” she said.