NAMI Bucks County Stride for Mental Health Awareness 2019

Bruce Gordon, Master of Ceremonies

 

Bruce mapped out his career as a TV news reporter before he left high school.  He anchored a weekly in-school TV news program at William Tennent High School in Warminster, Bucks County, PA.  He continued broadcast work in college, doing radio play-by-play for Big Ten basketball (WNUR-FM) while attending Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, IL.  He graduated in 1981.  

While in college, he wrote and produced radio newscasts and TV sportscasts for WGN Television and Radio, while frequently preparing broadcasts for legendary Cubs announcer Jack Brickhouse.

Bruce has won several Associated Press "Best Reporter" awards, and received national recognition for an undercover report on pedophilia.  He’s a ten-time regional EMMY Award winner, including both the 2003 and 2004 awards for “Best Hard News Reporter.”

Mr. Gordon is a reporter for FOX 29.

     

Brian Fitzpatrick, Congressman

 

A Levittown native and graduate of Bishop Egan High School, Brian is a graduate of LaSalle University, Penn State University and the Dickinson School of Law. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, Emergency Medical Technician as well as an attorney - having previously served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney focused on drug crimes.

For 14 years prior to running for Congress, Brian served our country as an FBI Supervisory Special Agent fighting political corruption and supporting global counterterrorism efforts – including being embedded with U.S. Special Forces as part Operation Iraqi Freedom. Working to promote freedom and democracy, Brian also served as National Director for the FBI’s Campaign Finance and Election Crimes Enforcement Program and as a national supervisor for the FBI’s Political Corruption Unit where he is recognized as an expert in restoring integrity to governmental institutions. For his work, Brian was an inaugural recipient of the FBI Director’s Leadership Award in 2015 and was named “Investigator of the Year by the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation.

In the 115th Congress, Brian is a member of the Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security and Small Business committees. Brian is the founding member of the Congressional Citizen Legislature Caucus, a bipartisan group of lawmakers committed to fighting for term limits and Congressional reforms, and a member of the No Labels ‘Problem Solver Caucus.’

     

Diane Marseglia, LCSW, County Commissioner

 

A lifelong resident of Bucks County, she was raised in Lower Makefield, and now resides in Middletown Township, where she served her community on both the Neshaminy School Board and the Middletown Township Board of Supervisors. 

Commissioner Ellis-Marseglia, a clinical social worker, worked with children and families in Bucks County for over two decades and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to County government where human services are a primary function. With a reputation for demanding responsible government spending, Commissioner Ellis-Marseglia has advocated for greater transparency and ethics.  As the minority member of the Board of Commissioners, she accepts the responsibility for researching and vetting all county actions, and actively advocates for improvement or changes to policies and programs that are ineffective or inefficient to residents. 

Commissioner Ellis-Marseglia is the county representative  to the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Bucks County Emergency Health Council, and  the Local Emergency Planning Commission. She also teaches at Bucks County Community College.

     

Herbie The Love Bug & Gabriel Nathan

Gabe & Herbie

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Herbie leads the 2019 Stride for Mental Health Awareness

Gabriel Nathan is an author, editor, actor, playwright, director and editor-in-chief of OC87 Recovery Diaries. For five years, he worked at Montgomery County Emergency Service, Inc., a non-profit crisis psychiatric hospital in the capacity of Allied Therapist and, later, as Development Specialist.

"Herbie hasn’t cured my depression, but he helps. He’s helped me go from someone who walks around with his head down, hoping to not make eye-contact with anyone, to someone who actively seeks out social contact. When I get inside that car and shut the door, I pat his steering wheel and say, “Okay, boy: let’s go to work.”

Herbie’s job is making people smile, accumulating thumbs-ups, telling people to look up from their cellphones as they hear that impossibly loud motor roaring along. With Herbie, I love people. I love their smiles and their questions. He’s good for me, for others and for my depression."

     

NAMI MAN

 

NAMI MAN is YOUR mental health superhero!

His super powers include detecting and crushing stigma, declaring establishments to be stigma free after the Ending the Silence team provides mental health and suicide prevention education, and helping you find the superhero within yourself!

Come and take a picture with NAMI MAN at the Stride for Mental Health Awareness on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 1pm in Warminster Community Park!

     

Depressed Cake Shop

 

Fun and delicious cupcakes and cookies for your donation

One in four people will suffer from, or be touched by, a mental health issue at some point in their lives. The Depressed Cake Shop™ is a unique (and delicious) platform designed to raise awareness of these challenges.

NAMI Bucks County is hosting a DCS pop-up at the Stride for Mental Health Awareness on May 18th courtesy of Tomma Marcincuk. For a suggested donation, we will be providing some amazing looking and tasting baked goods as a way to get people talking about mental illness. 

     

Bucks County Gilbert & Sullivan Society

 

Performance: National Anthem

The mission of the Bucks County Gilbert and Sullivan Society is to promote and faithfully perform the works of Gilbert & Sullivan, to enhance opportunities for amateur theater in Bucks County, and to provide educational, social and charitable benefits to the Bucks County community. Visit their website.

 

Wellspring Clubhouse Choir

 

Performance: 3 songs

The Wellspring Clubhouse provides adults recovering from mental illness with social, educational, and vocational opportunities and skills to regain self-worth, confidence, and purpose. Members work side by side with staff on health, member services and career development.

Read more on the Clubhouse Website
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