In light of the continuing public health emergency, the Carroll County Mental Health Advocates Program (CMHA) is postponing its annual Masquerade Ball event until 2021. After careful consideration, the CMHA Board of Directors unanimously voted to postpone the 2020 “Unmasking Mental Illness” Masquerade Ball. CMHA Executive Director, Jodie Goodman, said the decision was made to help ensure the safety of our community partners and guests. “Our first priority is the safety of the community and not putting anyone at risk,” Goodman said. “The Board has decided to postpone the event for this year, but still celebrate our honoree, Dr. Fred Richards.”
The agency is creating a video tribute to Dr. Richards and his lifelong work within the mental health community, both in Carroll County and the state of Georgia. The video will be available on CMHA’s social media pages and website in October 2020.
The annual Masquerade Ball, CMHA’s biggest fundraiser, provides funds to benefit peer support activities and services for individuals living with mental illness and addiction, crisis response services for Carroll County citizens, and an array of other programs and services for both individuals and their families affected by mental illness. Donations are still being accepted. The 2021 event, honoring Dr. Richards, will be held on the first Saturday in October at the Venue on Cedar.