Mental Health Center Celebrates Bingo Success!
Suncoast Mental Health Center was the charity of choice at the popular St. Lucie Draft House Monday night Bingo last month. The community based mental health center working with the popular eatery and their Bingo team, raised enough funds to assist 5 or more local children with esteem building, recreational and mindful activities essential to their mental wellness which they may not have been able to receive on their own. Debra Engle, CEO at Suncoast shared, “We have more than 80 children in our care right now could benefit from the children’s’ activity fund. We are so grateful to Tami and her team at the Draft House for making our Bingo nights a huge success. We had a lot of fun, met some great new friends in the community, and are blessed by the Draft House and their incredible patrons. It’s been a great month for Suncoast and we have the Draft House to thank, for sure”.
The St. Lucie Draft House began Charity Bingo in January 2018. Every Monday night, guests are treated to great entertainment and food, while local non-profits benefit from the Bingo proceeds. “We love working with Suncoast and appreciate all they do in the mental health community where we operate our business. It’s a privilege to give back, and we can’t thank our patrons enough for supporting these non-profits,” said Kathleen Sparkman, GM at the Draft House. Non-profits may contact Kathleen at 772-460-2338 if they are interested in getting your non-profit involved. For March, the 100 Club of St Lucie County will receive proceeds.
Children receiving funds from Suncoast’s Children’s Activity Fund are referred by their case manager or therapist. Case managers play an intricate part in gathering information from the community on available social activities for the children. Recipients are reviewed based on criteria including financial need as well as therapeutic value. Fund developer, Jane Turmail recognized the value of time spent in team sports, music, and other extracurricular activities. From this need the CAF was created to assist Suncoast children. “Studies show that children engaging in extracurricular activities are more likely to do well in school and have increased self-esteem,” Engle added. If you are interested in learning more about Suncoast Mental Health Center, contact Ms. Engle at 772-489-4726 or email her at DEngle@smhcinc.org.