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April 30, 2014

Best-selling author to speak at Oaklawn fundraiser

Jeannette Walls offers her story of hope and resilience

ELKHART — The author of the New York Times best-selling memoir “The Glass Castle” will speak at a fundraiser for Oaklawn at 7:30 p.m. May 9 at the Lerner Theatre in Elkhart. Oaklawn is the state-designated community mental health center for St. Joseph and Elkhart counties.

Jeannette Walls’ real-life story of growing up in a poor, unorthodox family has spent four years on the New York Times best-seller list, sold more than 3.5 million copies, been translated into 22 languages and is being made into a film starring Oscar-award winning actress Jennifer Lawrence of “The Hunger Games” and “Silver Linings Playbook.”

Walls will speak at Oaklawn’s Spring Spectacular about her journey from a poor childhood — growing up with parents who likely had undiagnosed mental illnesses, complicated by her father’s alcoholism — to her success later in life as a journalist in New York City.

The Spring Spectacular is Oaklawn’s largest fundraiser of the year, and proceeds go to help the organization provide mental health and addictions services.

“Jeannette has a beautiful story of hope and resilience, and we’re so excited to hear her share that in person,” said Laurie Nafziger, Oaklawn’s president and chief executive officer. “We believe her story is a wonderful complement to our mission of joining with people on their journey toward health and wholeness.”

Oaklawn provides mental health and addictions treatment to more than 16,000 children, adolescents and adults in the Michiana region. Oaklawn — which has campuses in South Bend, Mishawaka, Elkhart and Goshen — offers inpatient and outpatient treatment, as well as housing options for adults. More information about Oaklawn services can be found at www.oaklawn.org.


Tickets to hear Walls are on sale for $20 per person and can be purchased through www.oaklawn.org/news. Program Patron sponsorship of the event is $250 and includes two tickets to the event, as well as a pre-event Patron Party. The Patron Party will feature a meet-and-greet and photo with Walls and hot hors d’oeuvres. For more information about Patron sponsorship, call the Oaklawn Foundation at 1-800-282-0809, ext. 645.

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