Mental Health Association Hosts Event Featuring Columbine Shooting Survivor

by Staff

The Mental Health Association in Forsyth County is sponsoring an upcoming fundraiser and special event on Friday, October 23 at 7 p.m. at the Wake Forest Biotech Place/Innovation Quarter.
609531-250The event will feature guest speaker Patrick Ireland, also known as the “boy in the window” from the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado in April 1999. Ireland was shot twice in the head and once in the foot during the shooting rampage. He was finally pulled to safety through a shattered window of the school’s library by SWAT team members on the scene.

Ireland went through extensive in-patient and out-patient care in Colorado before returning to school to graduate on time as Valedictorian of his class. He went on to graduate magna cum lade from Colorado State University.

“We are delighted that Patrick will join us this year for such a special evening,” said Andy Hagler, executive director of Mental Health Association in Forsyth County. “Mental health issues can come in so many various forms, and dealing with and overcoming a tragic situation like that fateful day at Columbine is an incredibly arduous process that takes time, patience and perseverance. Patrick’s story is an inspiring story of doing just that.”

Tickets for the October 23rd event are available for $50 per person and include free parking, hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and soft drinks. Proceeds from the October 23 event will provide financial support to the Mental Health Association in Forsyth County’s programs and services such as their client support groups, information and referral services, community education and outreach, advocacy services and their representative payee program, just to name a few. For more information about the Mental Health Association’s programs and services, click HERE.