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Mental Health America of Greater Houston Gala Honors Ivanys
Marianne and Dr. Robert Ivany were honored for their service to the nation and the Houston community with the prestigious Ima Hogg Award at the Mental Health America of Greater Houston’s annual Treasures of Texas Gala: A Salute the Military. The event also recognized the contributions of our nation’s Armed Forces and the importance of their mental wellness. Gala chairs Julie B. Crosswell and Emily Burguières Dalicandro reported that local corporations, philanthropists and individuals contributed $380,000 for community mental health education and advocacy programs at Mental Health America.

The event, held on May 24 at River Oaks Country Club, attracted nearly 400 guests including distinguished military personnel John Poindexter, former Army Captain of Troop A, 11th Armored Calvary and recent recipient of the Presidential Unit Citation; Randy Pais, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (Houston region) and retired Field Artillery Colonel and Michael A. Hood, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (Dallas region) and Former Infantry Captain.

During the evening, the Texas A&M Singing Cadets entertained attendees with a spirited medley of military songs. Mental Health America released the self-published book, “From Afghanistan To Iraq and Back,” a collection of stories recounting the invisible wounds of war experienced by Houston veterans and military families.

A military roundtable moderated by Dr. Stuart Yudofsky included a discussion on how war impacts the mental health of service personnel and their families with Army psychiatrist, Major Dr. Christopher Ivany; Marine veterans, Sergeant John Boerster and Sergeant Marty Gonzales, and Army mother DeDe Springer.

From left to right: Maj. Dr. Christopher Ivany, Dr. Robert Ivany, Marianne Ivany, William L. McClain (MHA Board Chair)
Photos courtesy of Alexander’s Fine Portrait Design.

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