The 2017 Dinner Celebration & Auction featuring Austin Dillon, driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing was held on Wednesday, June 28th at the DAYTONA 500 Club at Daytona International Speedway. It was a tremendous success with over $100,000 (net) raised to go toward immediate needs in SMA’s mental health programs. These funds were raised through sponsorships, ticket sales, individual contributions, a live auction and forfeiture funds from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. A list of our sponsors can be found at the end of this page.
Why were the funds put toward mental health this year? Well, here are some of the reasons:
- Mental health disorders are the leading cause of disability in the US, and our local, mental health statistics are shocking. For example, suicide rates in Volusia, Putnam, Flagler and St. Johns Counties are all significantly higher than both state and national averages.
- Multiple, local community health needs assessments ranked mental health for adults and children to be 2 of the top 5 community health concerns.
- The importance of effective, mental health programs is well-researched and documented, but funding for them, like SMA’s FACT Program, continues to be reduced or could possibly even be eliminated each year.
But to better show you, CLICK HERE or below for an emotional and inspiring video about a few of SMA’s clients who have benefited from the services offered at SMA.
The live auction brought in over $18,000 with Andrew Gurtis as the auctioneer. Austin Dillon really stepped up by adding an additional firesuit and magnum bottle of Childress Vineyards wine so that the two large bidders each walked away winners. Other highlights of the auction was the Stetson cowboy hat signed by all of the performers at the 2017 Country 500, modeled by Austin’s fiancé during the event, hot laps with Austin at DIS, 2017 Daytona 500 Leather jacket and an All Access NBC NASCAR TV package. The theme “The Great Outdoors” and recommended dress for the event of “Camo Couture” also seemed to be a big hit. SMAF loved having the Penny Creek Band setting the mood with contemporary bluegrass music.SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL OUR SPONSORS, DONORS, ATTENDEES & VOLUNTEERS!
Broad Shepard Foundation
GRAND CANYON SPONSORS
Carl Lentz IV with SVN Alliance Commercial Real Estate Advisors
City of Daytona Beach
Daytona International Speedway
Florida Health Care Plans
Reames Employee Benefits/Mitchell Noel Insurance
The Simpkins Family Foundation & Gale Lemerand
Stockton Maintenance Group
Dr. Pam Carbiener
Checkered Flag Committee
Daytona Auto Mall
Daytona Beach Police Department
DJ Design/Hall Construction
Flagler County Insurance Agency
Jon Greaves/Bob Wheeler
Intracoastal Bank/Keyes, Stange & Wooten Wealth Mgmt.
Jon Hall Chevrolet
Parker Mynchenberg & Associates
The Remey Wealth Advisory Group of Stifel
Rue & Ziffra
Scott E. Simpson, PA
SMA Behavioral Health Services, Inc.
Wesnofske Farms, Inc.