April 12, 2017

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Stress, Trauma and Resilience (STAR) Program will hold its annual “Faces of Resilience” dinner at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the George Bellows Ballroom at the Hilton Columbus Downtown, 401 N. High St.  

Media representatives are asked to call the Media Relations office at 614-293-3737 to make arrangements to cover this event. 

The STAR Program will honor Sen. Rob Portman as the 2017 STAR Award winner. The award annually recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the trauma and mental health fields. Portman authored the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), which is the first comprehensive reform of federal addiction policy in two decades. Signed into law last year, it authorizes $181 million in new federal investments in programs for those addicted to prescription drugs or heroin. 

Community leader Delaney A. Burgdoerfer and Francie B. Henry, executive vice president and leader of the Investment Advisors at Fifth Third Bank, are serving as the event's honorary chairs. Donation and sponsorship opportunities are available. Stellar STAR Sponsors who have donated $25,000 or more include Brooke Bodney; Delaney and Stuart Burgdoerfer; Nancy Jeffrey, George J. Kontogiannis; Courtney and Keith McWalter; Barbara Rayden, Dr. Lee Shackelford and LBrands Foundation. Proceeds from the event will benefit the STAR Program to help individuals suffering from overwhelming trauma and mental health challenges. 

The STAR Program, an initiative of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, OSU Harding Behavioral Health and Ohio State’s Neurological Institute, improves lives by developing and delivering clinical services and educational programs to help those suffering the ravages of trauma and related mental illness. The program also contributes new knowledge on stress and resilience gained through research.

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Media Contact: Eileen Scahill, Wexner Medical Center Media Relations, 614-293-3737, Eileen.Scahill@osumc.edu

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