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An Evening with Tipper Gore

Jim Spira, Tipper Gore and Myrna Spira
(An Evening with Tipper Gore)

Wendy Maayan, Selma Baron and Beth Segal
(An Evening with Tipper Gore)

Peggy Zone Fisher and Elizabeth Spencer
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John Herman and Irving Fine
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“An Evening with Tipper Gore”

It was people in need — not politics — that brought Tipper Gore to Cleveland for a fundraiser for the Jewish Family Service Association (JFSA). The former mental health policy advisor to Bill Clinton was the guest speaker at a reception at the InterContinental Hotel. More than 500 JFSA supporters heard her message of “Erasing the Stigma of Mental Illness.”
VIPs had a few moments for photos with Mrs. Gore. As other guests arrived, they were greeted by youngsters from the JFSA YouthAbility group before perusing silent auction items and enjoying a pasta and salad repast.
Once in the ballroom, everyone had another chance to schmooze before viewing a touching video, “We Are JFSA,” about the many people helped by this 133-year-old service organization (the more than $100,000 raised this evening will be used to support JFSA’s many activities).
Tipper Gore took center stage, pointing out the need to find creative ways to convince politicians and citizens that mental health is a cause worth investing in, with a particular emphasis on children, veterans and the homeless. “One in five children have a diagnosis of mental illness,” she said, “yet only one-third get treatment.” By connecting mental health to issues such as family, jobs, community and the economy, it can get the recognition and funding it needs.
Her speech was preceded by a presentation of the first Anne C. Schwartz Leadership Award to Jim and Myrna Spira for their 40 years of volunteerism and time to JFSA and the community. STORY BY LINDA McMULLEN. PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BASHIAN

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