AUGUSTA — Crisis & Counseling Centers will host its 2015 annual Celebration & Art Reception on Thursday, May 14, at Governor Hill Mansion.

2015 marks centers’ 45th anniversary, according to a news release from the centers. The event will incorporate an art reception to promote the therapeutic benefits of creativity. Local student artwork will be on display as a gesture of support for community members facing behavioral health concerns.

The event will include recognition of some of the centers’ key community partners, including Gardiner Main Street’s Executive Director Patrick Wright as the CEO Special Recognition Award winner. Crisis & Counseling Centers will also honor The Red Barn with its Organization of the Year Award and Sgt. Vicente Morris of Augusta Police Department with its Public Safety Award.

The evening will include an art reception and hors d’oeuvres from 4 to 6 p.m., a full dinner and program starting at 5:30 p.m. CEO Michael Mitchell and Board President Dana Hamilton will provide commentary, followed by the unveiling of the centers’ 45th anniversary video, award presentations and a tribute to the agency’s rich history.

Tickets cost $35 per person or $225 for a table of eight. To register, visit or call Executive Assistant JoEllen Staples at 213-4536 by Tuesday, May 5.

Sponsorships and limited advertising space are available. For sponsorship information, contact Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator Courtney Yeager at [email protected] or 213-4523.

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