Hole-in-one for mental health
Mini golf lovers played a round under a cool summer sky, enjoyed some delicious barbecue and helped raise money for mental health services at the 4th annual Putt Your Stuff event on July 25.
Hosted by the Jefferson Center for Mental Health at Putter’s Pride Course in Lakewood, all the money raised went to supporting the services the Jefferson Center provides to its clients dealing with mental health issues.
“We’ve all been touched at one time or another by mental illness, and so this is about reaching out to the community,” said Monica Duran, chair of the Putt Your Stuff event and a board member with the center. “This year we’ve had more than 200 people show up to help us out.”
Jefferson Center staff, clients and supporters were in great spirits as they worked their way through the mini golf course, laughing and joking around as they played. The Putt Your Event is one of the center’s two big fundraising events, and Duran describes it as a more relaxed, family-friendly event that everyone can take part in.
“I like everything about this event — the food, prizes, companionship and competition,” said Donald Keens, a client at the Jefferson Center. “I love to give back to all the people who have given so much to me. I’m helping other people’s recovery as I’m working on mine.”
The Jefferson Center relies on the support of other organizations to keep offering the services they do, and some groups, like the Seniors’ Resource Center, have been partnered for many years.
“We’ve been doing projects with them for around 35 years,” said Bob Timm, vice president of development with the Seniors’ Resource Center. “We have a project going with them and Boulder Mental Health where all offer our services to each other.”
Timm said that there are many mental health issues that seniors face that are not as serious as dementia, but still require care.
While there are some serious goals for the organization, the evening was all about fun.
“It’s great to get to hang out with everyone, and you get a real sense of community and family,” Duran said.
For Timm, it’s a chance to get to meet some of the people who need help.
“You meet all these wonderful people and find out that they’re just like you and I,” he said.