Clients of Family & Children’s Services know how to strut their stuff. Several participated in the 9th Annual Mental Health Fashion and Talent Showcase on May 4 at First United Methodist Church. The show gives individuals with mental illness an opportunity to enjoy the spotlight, build self-esteem and confidence, and socialize in a warm and accepting environment.

Family & Children’s Services Chief Executive Officer Gail Lapidus gave a special welcome to the participants. “When you take to the stage, you serve as examples to others who struggle with mental illness. You demonstrate – here on the catwalk, and in your everyday lives – the power of hope. Every glamorous pose you strike, every glorious note you hit, proves that recovery from mental illness is possible,” said Lapidus.

Hundreds turned out for the event.


Solomon and Ben looking very dapper.


The whole group.


Beautiful works of art presented by Esau.


Country and Katt are all class!