Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and Indianapolis Colts Vice Chair/Owner Kalen Jackson will discuss recent mental health initiatives by the team, the Irsay family, and the State of Indiana during Indiana Philanthropy Alliance’s Philanthropy Leads Dinner on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Indiana Roof Ballroom (140 W. Washington St).
Indiana, like the rest of the country, has a mental health epidemic that the COVID-19 pandemic only made worse. One in four Hoosiers suffer from some form of mental health disorder (nationally it is one in five). Many with such issues do not get the necessary treatment; in 2020, only 46 percent reported receiving mental health services in the previous year. The issue is often access—Indiana ranks 43rd in the country with only 183 mental health providers per 100,000 people.
IPA CEO Claudia Cummings will host Holcomb and Jackson for a Fireside Chat about the importance of raising mental health awareness and how to prevent and treat those who battle it every day. The Colts’ “Kicking the Stigma” initiative has raised awaress of mental health through its national campaign and funds provided to mental health nonprofits. Jackson’s civic engagement will also be highlighted, including her partnership in the Indiana Roundtable on Mental Health, which is co-chaired by former Eli Lilly CEO John Lechleiter and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch.
“We’re pleased to have Governor Holcomb and Kalen Jackson come to talk about this critical and timely issue,” Cummings said. “Philanthropy has been and will continue to do its part to bring greater awareness to the issue of mental health and to help ensure broader access to care.”
Registration begins at at 5:30 p.m. with the reception at 6 p.m. The program and dinner will be 7-9 p.m. Table sponsorships and individual tickets may be purchased at www.inphilanthropy.org/dinner. Media planning to attend the event should contact Lissa Silotto at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attendees will also celebrate the 2022 graduating class of the Mutz Philanthropic Leadership Institute with remarks from John Mutz, the program’s namestake. Mutz is a philanthropist and former Indiana Lt. Governor.
IPA is the largest association supporting effective philanthropy in Indiana and includes foundations, corporations, and other social investors.