Dermody Properties Grants a $2,500 Annual Thanksgiving Capstone Award to the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Texas
We have announced the recipients of the annual Dermody Properties Thanksgiving Capstone Award. The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Texas (NAMI Texas) aims to help improve the lives of people affected by mental illness through education, support and advocacy. Dermody Properties has donated $2,500 to the organization.
A recent annual report from Mental Health America ranked Texas at the bottom of the list compared to other states in the U.S. for access to mental health care. NAMI Texas provides evidence-based information on the importance of access to comprehensive and timely mental health services and support tools such as medications, counseling, support groups, education and vocation training, and much more – to policymakers, community stakeholders and the general public.
Every year, senior management at Dermody Properties selects the recipients for the annual Thanksgiving Capstone Award with the overall goal of helping nonprofit organizations address the increased need experienced during the holidays. This year, Elizabeth Kauchak, Chief Operating Officer, has specifically designated NAMI Texas as a recipient.
“It is so important to address mental health in our communities and to provide everyone with access to appropriate treatment and resources,” said Kauchak. “I am proud of my colleagues at Dermody Properties who join me in recognizing this widespread issue and that we are able to contribute, as a company, to a deserving organization like NAMI Texas.”
The Dermody Properties Annual Thanksgiving Capstone Award is uniquely directed each year by the executive management committee of Dermody Properties, which includes Chairman and CEO Michael Dermody; President Douglas A. Kiersey, Jr.; Partner and Chief Capital Officer Kathleen Briscoe; Chief Operating Officer Elizabeth Kauchak; Chief Financial Officer Douglas Lanning; and Partner and Chief Investment Officer Timothy Walsh.
“Every year, the Thanksgiving Capstone Award allows our company to help organizations who are truly making a difference in the lives of people in need,” said Dermody. “We are pleased to support NAMI Texas and recognize their efforts to build better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.”
Dermody Properties has selected six additional recipient organizations and will award $25,000 to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada in Sparks, Nev.; $5,000 each to Feeding America of Riverside & San Bernardino in Riverside, Calif., Saint Alphonsus Liguori Food Pantry in Prospect Heights, Ill., St. Mary’s Food Bank in Phoenix, Ariz. and Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada in Reno, Nev.; and $2,500 to the North Texas Food Bank in Plano, TX.