Portland, April 21st. Guests sipped champagne at the Riverside Golf and Country Club while they raised $42,000 for  The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center. The Center helps provide mental health care for all who need it, regardless of faith or finances. (Photo Credit, Juan Kis) Grammy-nominated saxophonist Patrick Lamb, who entertained for the evening, takes a break with Denise Cronin, left, and Marte Persichetti. 

Jerry and Carol Bitz received the Compassionate Heart Award, well-deserved recognition for their long support of NCC.

Jerry and Carol Bitz received the Compassionate Heart Award, well-deserved recognition for their long support of NCC.

 
NCC Board Member Amy Nist, left, poses with her husband, Doug Lyons, and Executive Director Erin Peters.

NCC Board Member Amy Nist, left, poses with her husband, Doug Lyons, and Executive Director Erin Peters.

 
Bill Powers, with niece Laura Spencer, is one of the evening's big winners.

Bill Powers, with niece Laura Spencer, was one of the evening's big winners.

For 26 years, The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center has offered behavioral health care and psychiatric medication management for all, regardless of ability to pay. Trained therapists see more than 1,000 clients each year, and the Center has a particular devotion to low-income women and children who often shoulder the greatest emotional and financial burdens. 45% of clients are uninsured, and most sessions are subsidized by donations, grants and fees. While serving in the Portland Archdiocese, the Center is a completely independent 501(c)3 with no financial ties to the Catholic Church (or any institution). It is supported through client fees and the generosity of individuals, businesses and foundations.

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