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24 August, 2023.

The Family Counseling Center Announces Upcoming Gala Event and Local Honorees

The Family Counseling Center of Fulton County is excited to announce their upcoming Fall Fundraising Gala will be held on Thursday, September 28th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Lanzi’s on the Lake Restaurant and Marina in Mayfield. Tickets are $100 per person. The event will welcome community members, partners, and others in a celebration of the organization’s 47 years working with clients in the Mohawk Valley and Southern Adirondacks. All proceeds from the event will go toward supporting and expanding programs of The Family Counseling Center.

The Family Counseling Center was founded in 1976 by a dedicated group of community members who wished to help individuals and families seeking mental health guidance. Today, the Center works with over 4,500 individual clients across its Behavioral Health Clinic, Crisis Unit, Children and Family Services Program, and the Domestic Violence Program of Fulton County.

The Fall Gala will also honor two key partners and supporters of the local community.

The Dr. David and Ann Lee Clough Award recognizes an individual or group for exceptional contributions to the field of behavioral health and is given to an outstanding individual or group who has demonstrated continued excellence in direct or indirect services to behavioral health or care of children. The 2023 honoree is Andy Gilpin, Executive Director of CAPTAIN Community Human Services.

The Mary Ann Harzinski Outstanding Community Service Award honors the legacy of Mary Ann Harzinski, a dedicated teacher and long-time member of The Family Counseling Center Board of Directors. The award is given to an individual or organization who has a recognized record of volunteerism across organizations or has worked in close partnership with organizations. The 2023 honoree is Geoffrey Peck, Vice President and Executive Director of the Nathan Littauer Foundation.

“We are thankful for the support of our community and the dedicated individuals who have helped to build The Family Counseling Center,” said Michael L. Countryman, Executive Director of The Family Counseling Center. “Andy and Geoff have devoted themselves to the communities in which they work and live. Their receipt of the Dr. David and Ann Lee Clough Award and the Mary Ann Harzinski Outstanding Community Service Award not only honor their legacy, but the legacies of the individuals for whom the awards are named.”

Tickets are now available for the Center’s Fall Gala.

Information on the event and ticket sales are available here. Tickets are $100 per person, tables of eight are available.

The Family Counseling Center would like to thank the Gala’s Honorary Committee including John and Sunday Blackmon, Shawn Cleland and Peter Kiernan, Janine and Roy Dykeman, Gail and Jerry Ryan, Dr. Gregory and Rachel Truckenmiller, and William and Roberta Winsman.

The September 28th Fall Gala would not be possible without the support of the following organizations and individuals:

Premier Sponsors of the Fall Gala include John and Sunday Blackmon, Rick and Mary Frasier, HFM Prevention Council, and USI Group.

The event’s Cocktail Hour is presented by Broleco Inc., The Law Offices of Amanda Rose & Beth V. Kelly-May, and William and Roberta Winsman.

Sponsorships are available until September 8th. Full details can be found here.