Author Lee Smith featured at No Limits Gala

UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health‘s inaugural fundraising gala will feature writer Lee Smith. Proceeds from the event will support the Center's programs.

Well-known Triangle writer Lee Smith, who published Guests on Earth last year will be the featured speaker Nov. 7, at the Inaugural No Limits Gala, presented by the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health. Frank Stasio from North Carolina Public Radio will serve as emcee. 

The gala is set for 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center on the UNC Campus. The evening begins with a reception, followed by dinner and Smith discussing her book Guests on Earth and the personal experiences that led her to write the book.

Additionally, four community mental health advocates, Gerry and Ann Akland of Knightdale, N.C., and Barbara and Gove Elder of Durham, N.C., will be recognized for their contributions to mental health. 

Proceeds from the gala will help support Center programs that serve individuals with severe mental illness. 

Smith is author of 16 books and a collection of short stories. She is a recipient of the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the North Carolina Award for Literature, and a Southern Book Critics Circle Award.

The Center, part of the UNC Department of Psychiatry within the School of Medicine was founded in 2009 with a grant from The Duke Endowment. In addition to providing services to individuals with severe mental illness at locations in Wake, Chatham and Orange counties, the Center provides state-wide technical assistance for psychiatrists and other mental health professionals through its North Carolina Community Medical Directors’ Network, and the UNC Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Technical Assistance Center. 

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