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2018 Fundraising Breakfast

Presented by the Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation and Peak View Behavioral Health

On May 3, more than 600 local people came out to The Broadmoor’s International Center and pushed NAMI-Colorado Springs into new territory. At our eighth annual fundraising breakfast, event attendees and sponsors together generated more than $205,000 for NAMI’s programs to help individuals and families living with mental illness.

That’s the largest fundraising total for a single event in NAMI’s history, exceeding both last year’s event total of $150,000 and this year’s goal of $180,000. And as of this writing, donations are still coming in.

We are so grateful and humbled. And we are so excited to see this kind of support for people who are ready to live out the event theme of “Stepping into the Light.”

If you weren’t able to make it, you can still support NAMI’s work to deconstruct stigma and support local people with mental illness. Click here to make a donation.

And whether you were there or not, please feel free to enjoy some of the sights and sounds of the breakfast, starting with the video created by Blakely + Company and underwritten by one of our event sponsors, Cedar Springs Hospital.

2018 breakfast video

Chuck and Mary Lou Murphy, before Chuck’s appearance in the morning’s video.

Colorado Springs Police Department officers relax before the event.

Board members Chris Garvin and Kathy Brandt flank the Design Rangers, NAMI’s 2018 Partners of the Year.

Emcee Joe Cole of FOX21 welcomes the crowd.


Hundreds listen as El Paso County Lt. J.D. Ross talks about the importance of asking for mental-health help.

Breakfast chair and board member Tyra Sandoval receives thanks from executive director Lori Jarvis-Steinwert, as board treasurer Collyn Florendo looks on.

Michael Gallagher introduces the Volunteer of the Year Award named in honor of his late wife, Pat Lysinger.












CHAMPIONS OF MENTAL HEALTH Presenting Sponsors ($15,000)

Peak Behavioral Health is a 92-bed state-of-the-art mental health hospital dedicated to providing quality behavioral health care to promote growth and structure for patients and families throughout Colorado. We treat adolescents, adults, and seniors in both inpatient and outpatient settings. The hospital is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information, visit the Peak View website or call 719-444-8484.

The Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation exists to improve the health and well-being of our community consistent with its Osteopathic heritage. It accomplishes this by awarding grants to qualified health-related nonprofit organizations in El Paso and Teller counties that meet its mission priorities, by awarding scholarships to osteopathic medical students, and collaborating with like-minded organizations to develop solutions to meet community health needs. Visit the foundation website for

Stepping into the Light Stars ($10,000)

Carl George Bjorkman Foundation



Pillars of Mental Health Partners ($7,500)

Anonymous Donor ($8,000)

Stop the Stigma Partners ($5,000)

Michael J. Gallagher, Esq., in loving memory of Pay Lysinger

Circle of Support Sponsors ($2,500)



In-Kind Donation of Creative Services

Blakely + Company

Friends of NAMI

Brookside Assisted Living
Chrysalis Wealth Management A private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
Ent Credit Union

The Independence Center
The Lenz Family Fund
The Links, Incorporated, Colorado Springs Chapter
NOVA Home Loans


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