Airport Marina Counseling Service Raises More Than $258,000 at Spring Celebration to Support Community Mental Health

Venice Paparazzi rolled out the red carpet and hosted a fun photo booth for for Airport Marina Counseling Service’s Annual Spring into Well-Being Celebration on April 19, 2018.  View event pics below.

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Community mental health supporters rallied on April 19 to raise more than a quarter of a million dollars to support Airport Marina Counseling Service’s (AMCS) efforts to deliver low-cost community mental health services and train new therapists at the organizations 14th annual “Spring into Well-Being” Celebration at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott.

Gateway to LA’s Laura Hughes, NBC4 Weathercaster’s Fritz Coleman and Karen Dial of Drollinger Properties

The event celebrated AMCS’s Champion of Mental Health, NBC4 Weathercaster Fritz Coleman and Community Builder, Publisher, HomeTown News, Stephanie Davis – individuals who have been instrumental in helping AMCS become an indispensable part of the county’s mental health care safety net.

2018 Community Builder Stephanie Davis and Champion of Mental Health Fritz Coleman

“We are so excited that the community recognizes the important role AMCS plays in making sure everyone has access to mental health services,” said AMCS CEO Eden Garcia-Balis. “We were excited to honor Fritz and Stephanie for their contributions, and we know that they will both continue to shine a light on the ways in which AMCS helps.”

Airport Marina Counseling Service’s CEO Eden Balis

AMCS’ CEO Eden Balis and NBC President and General Manager Steve Carlston

2017 Champion of Mental Health Honoree Nancy Edwards

NBC President and General Manager Steve Carlston, 2018 Champion of Mental Health Honoree Fritz Coleman, and AMCS’ CEO Eden Balis

The event attracted nearly 300 key local community and business leaders and raised more than $258,000 to help continue providing much-needed affordable, community-based mental health services and to support the training of the clinic’s more than 50 mental health therapists each year.

2018 Champion of Mental Health Honoree Fritz Coleman

AMCS is a nonprofit, community-based mental health clinic that has been serving the greater LAX region since 1961. From its opening in 1961 to now, AMCS has continued to grow and expand it programs and services. Today, the Clinic serves hundreds of individuals, children and families and couples weekly, and its services are provided on a sliding-scale basis.

Happy birthday to AMCS’ founder Mary Ellen

As affordable mental health resources become more difficult to find, more people living further away from AMCS depend upon its services. Though the Clinic has no geographical boundaries, AMCS currently serves the greater LAX area including Westchester, El Segundo, Culver City, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Marina del Rey, Playa del Rey and Venice, Santa Monica, Torrance, South Los Angeles and extended areas of Los Angeles County.  AMCS offers comprehensive therapeutic services to individuals, children and families, couples and older adults, many of whom would otherwise have little access to counseling.  Open seven days a week, Airport Marina Counseling Service provides an array of successful programs, both at the Clinic and off-site, to meet the needs of people of all ages.   


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