The Mental Health Association of Monmouth County (MHA) continues to help people FOR FREE with their emotional recovery since Sandy struck a year ago. They have also set up Sandy Wellness Counseling Centers in Keansbury, Manasquan and Red Bank.

Mayors from the Monmouth County coastal towns that were most affected by Hurricane Sandy have been invited to be honored at MHA's upcoming Gala.The mayors will be accepting this recognition on behalf of the first responders and other members of their community who they feel were heroic. This includes those who may have shown remarkable acts of kindness or humanitarianism in the aftermath of Sandy. MHA wants to celebrate the resilience and progress in ech of these towns. So far, mayors from Manasquan, Rumson, Highlands, Union Beach, Atlantic Highlands, Neptune Township and Belmar have agreed to be a part of this wonderful event.

Currently, MHA staff members are working in pre-schools and early elementary schools offering psycho educational programs to children, educators, and families affected by Sandy. And on this first anniversary of Sandy, it is especailly important to provide help and support, as it is not uncommon for anniversary dates of traumatic events to trigger unpleasant thoughts and trauma-related symptoms. It is important that Monmouth County's residents know that MHA can help. This fundraiser will help MHA to expand outreach efforts in our communities.

MHA's Shine on Our Jersey Shore Gala wil be held this Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, from 6:30 - 11 pm at the Deal County Club in Deal, with entertainment by License to Chill with Vini Lopez. MHA will honor Robin Hood for the Relief Fund's tremendous financial contribution to mental health programs in Monmouth County following Hurricane Sandy.

Individual reservations are $175. guests will enjoy an evening with dinner, dancing and silent/live auction. Tables of ten and sponsorships are also available.

For more information about the Gala or Sponsorship opportunities, please click here or call 732-542-6422 ext. 108.

MHA has been providing advocacy and services to families in Monmouth County for over 63 years. They are dedicated to promoting mental health and wellness and improving the care and treatment of people affected by mental illness and emotional stress from Sandy.