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News Release
May 11, 2007
Media Contact:  Tina Clark, APR
Director of Development & Community Relations
207-784-4110 x 158
tclark@tcmhs.org


Tory Ryden to Host Inspired Voices Benefit Concert and Art Exhibit May 19

LEWISTON/AUBURN - Tickets are now on sale for Inspired Voices, a Journey of Hope, the second annual concert and art exhibit to benefit Tri-County Mental Health Services on Saturday, May 19 at Lewiston's Franco-American Heritage Center. The event features top notch musical performances by an ensemble of Maine performers, as well as powerful contributions of stories, poems, music and artwork by individuals who have been consumers of services.

This year, popular WMTW Television News Anchor Tory Ryden will bring her inspired voice to the stage as the Emcee for the concert. Tory co-hosts News 8 WMTW at 6 and 11 p.m. She is an experienced anchor/reporter with strong roots in Maine.

The musical program for this special evening includes songs of many styles - from pop and rock to Broadway tunes to gospel, all featuring themes of courage, hope, and inspiration. The consumer art exhibit begins at 6pm with a reception in the Center's Heritage Hall on the lower level. A special feature of the Art Exhibit is the Photo Voice Project that was done this spring with consumers of Tri-County's Social Learning Center in partnership with Bates College student Jenny Sadler as part of her thesis.

Photovoice is a process by which people can identify, represent, and enhance their community through a specific photographic technique. It entrusts cameras to the hands of people to enable them to act as recorders, and potential catalysts for social action and change, in their own communities. Jenny worked with seven disabled adults in the Day Program at SLC by providing them cameras and asking them to take pictures of certain things; for example, things that made them happy or things they wanted to change. Several of these pictures and descriptions will be displayed as part of the consumer art exhibit.

Leading Sponsors are Healey & Associates, MEMIC, Isaacson & Raymond Attorneys and Counselors at Law. For tickets, call the L/A Arts Box office at 782-7228 or call the Tri-County Concert information line at 755-0036 x 121.

Proceeds from the event will support mental health services and supports for children, adults, and elders. Tri-County Mental Health Services is one of Maine's most respected and progressive agencies dealing with the psychological and social well-being of children, adults, and elders. TCMHS serves over 10,000 individuals each year in Androscoggin, Northern Cumberland, Franklin and Oxford counties with innovative programs and services addressing mental health, substance abuse, mental retardation/developmental disabilities, autism, and more. The agency is a state, regional and national leader in trauma-informed and recovery-based service delivery, and strives to offer hope to individuals, families, and communities.