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Let's Erase the Stigma charity to hold second annual benefit

November 1, 2011
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Beverly Hills, Calif. — For its second anniversary the children's charity, Let's Erase the Stigma Educational Foundation (LETS), will host their 2nd Annual Benefit & Silent Auction in Beverly Hills at the Coupa Cafe on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7:00 p.m.
What began as one club of Los Angeles teens is now a national movement of youth raising mental health awareness. LETS has partnered with top stigma researchers, the Los Angeles County (LAC) Mental Health Commission, the LAC Department of Mental Health, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

The benefit will award students representing four high schools; along with honorees Zev Yaroslavsky of the 3rd Supervisorial District, LAC; Dr. Larry Gasco of the LAC Mental Health Commission; and Sharon Dunas of NAMI Westside LA. The benefit will also feature a welcome by Robin Kay, Chief Deputy Director of LAC Department of Mental Health; and entertainment by the LA music sensation DJ Epic Twelve.

"I believe that LETS has conceived a brilliant strategy: to end stigma by demonstrating--not just saying--that there is a place for everyone," says Dr. Marvin Southard, DSW Director, LAC Department of Mental Health. "I have seen the glow of young people who are a part of LETS with a variety of abilities and disabilities know that they can and do contribute to bettering of their communities."

The benefit themed "Let's Grow! Let's Go!" will help LETS continue to grow. During its second year, LETS welcomed more than 500 new students across 6 states; the LETS research division; the "Let's Run!" charity marathon fundraiser; a summit for 200 students on "Let's Erase the Stigma Youth Day" declared by the LAC Board of Supervisors; and youth internship and speakers programs.

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