Saturday, April 4, 2009 - 1:00 PM


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Henry Winkler, legendary actor, director and producer will take center stage at the Emerson Center when the Mental Health Association brings: “A Conversation With Henry Winkler” to Vero Beach. This event is open to the public and will take place Saturday, April 4th at 1:00 p.m. Henry will be joined in an intimate, living-room style dialogue with well-known author and artist, Leslie McGuirk. Henry and Leslie met five years ago through the agent who was representing both of them. They have remained in touch since then. Through Leslie’s engaging and relaxed style as an interviewer, Henry will share his thoughts, his creativity and life’s lessons.
Henry Winkler starred as the Fonz on the television show “Happy Days” for 10 seasons and is one of the most beloved and recognized actors in the world today. Throughout his life, Henry has struggled with learning challenges and speaks to this as the co-author of a series of fifteen children’s books - Hank Zipzer: The World’s Most Amazing Under-Achiever. In response to this event he said, “It sounds like so much fun and it’s for such a good cause. I’m honored to do this for the Mental Health Association.”

His on-stage partner for the event, Leslie McGuirk, founded the design studio of McGuirk’s Quirks. Leslie has written and illustrated 11 children’s picture books which have sold in more than 60 countries. Her next book (written in conjunction with Alex von Bidder, managing partner of the NYC Four Seasons restaurant) is a book of manners gone to the dogs – “Wiggens Learns His Manners at the Four Seasons” --comes out in the summer of 2009.

All proceeds from the program benefit the nonprofit Mental Health Association in Indian River County, Inc. The Mental Health Association builds awareness, knowledge and advocacy of mental health through public education. A United Way partner agency, the Mental Health Association provides immediate professional counseling at the Mental Health Walk-In Center in Vero Beach and offers programs to address issues of substance abuse, anger management, domestic violence, eating disorders, parenting and anxiety and depression. Its tagline is “It’s Okay To Get Help.”

This is sure to be one of the Treasure Coast’s hot ticket fundraisers this year. Tickets are $75, $50 and $25 with a $3.50 handling charge. To reserve your seats, please call the Emerson Center box office at 772-778-5249.

About the
Mental Health Association

Founded in 1958, the Mental Health Association in Indian River County (MHA) is a United Way partner agency that builds awareness, knowledge and advocacy of mental health issues in the community by working collaboratively with mental health consumers, advocates, and service providers to assure fair and effective treatment for those coping with mental and emotional issues. The MHA fills gaps in community mental health services and initiates the development of public education, information and referral, as well as support groups and rehabilitation service to those confronting mental health problems and their loved ones.

Clients may schedule appointments Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. with the MHA’s licensed, experienced therapists. The Mental Health Walk-In Center will also remain open each weekday from 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. providing immediate professional counseling to children, families, and individuals with a mental or emotional crisis. Both the MHA offices and the Walk-In Center are located at 820 37th Place, Vero Beach.

In addition to individual and family counseling, the MHA offers specific programs to address issues of anger management, domestic violence, eating disorders, anxiety and depression.

The MHA’s programs and services are open to those in need with a sliding fee scale based on ability to pay. For additional information, call the MHA at 569-9788.