MARION -- Centerstone, a behavioral health care organization, will host the 15th annual Community Champions Banquet in June in both the Metro-East area and Southern Illinois.
The Community Champions Banquet honors community leaders who have made a difference by advancing mental health and substance use disorder services through their advocacy, leadership and service.
This year's Southern Illinois winners are Camille Dorris, Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless, and Brittney Hale with Prevent Child Abuse Illinois.
"The Community Champions we will honor during these events display commitment and dedication to their community, and Centerstone is honored to recognize them for their work and for the positive impact they have made in the lives of so many across our region," said John Markley, regional CEO for Centerstone.
Both events are open to the public; however, reservations are required by Wednesday, May 29. There is no cost to attend either event. The events will feature desserts, drinks, networking, and awards ceremony. To RSVP for the event, call 855-608-3560, ext. 7830.
Centerstone accepted nominations for this year's Community Champions awards in February and March.
The banquet honoring the Southern Illinois Community Champions will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, June 13 at Centerstone's new Medication Assisted Treatment facility, 202 South Bentley, Marion.
Jocelyn Popit, Centerstone Director of Advancement, nominated Hale for her trainings, discussions, leadership with Creating Compassionate Communities, work with Prevent Child Abuse Illinois, and more activities that bring many community partners together.
"Brittney is a catalyst in our Southern Illinois community for mental health wellness. She seems equally to be a wellspring of information and a conductor of education, information, and activities among families and a valued contributor to the field among colleagues and professionals," Popit said.
Johanna Wichmann, clinic manager at Centerstone, nominated Dorris after working with her on the new warming center in Jackson County.
"Camille's efforts on behalf of the Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless to get this center operational has been a life saver for many individuals who are homeless in Jackson County and who are experiencing mental health and addiction issues," Wichmann said.