Portland, April 6th, 2013. Yellow and purple tulips were the perfect springtime touch for The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center (NCC)’s Benefit at Riverside Golf and Country Club. (Photo Credit, Juan Kis)  More than 110 supporters, including Pat McCormick, Sr. Sarah Deeby, and Christine Tracey, joined the annual celebration and donated over $42,000. 

The evening had many highlights.  The local swing trio Boy and Bean kept everyone entertained.  Pat McCormick and Fr. Jack Mosbrucker, both early members of NCC’s Board of Directors, received the Compassionate Heart Award in recognition of their long commitment to NCC’s mission of providing mental health services for all in need, regardless of faith or finances.

During the event, board members, past clients, friends and families all spoke of the extraordinary work done by NCC, which began in 1986 in borrowed space.  Over 27 years, the Center has grown into a thriving counseling agency, employing a staff of nineteen.  45% of NCC clients have no health insurance and 97% receive some subsidization of fees.  NCC sees more than 1,300 clients a year, and offers not only counseling to clients ages six to 95, but also psychiatric medication management, graduate training to interns, premarriage counseling, and workshops.  NCC operates on a combination of fees, donations and grants.

Sponsors of the evening included ClearStar, Providence Health and Services, Servants of Mary, Stevens Printing.  Alpha Broadcasting was the media sponsor and Jerry and Carol Bitz were the matching grant sponsors

Find more information on NCC and how to support mental health care at www.nwcounseling.org or call 503-253-0964.