Sara Qualls, the Kraemer Family Professor of Aging at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, will be named the 2012 Hero of Mental Health during an Oct. 2 fundraising luncheon for AspenPointe, a Colorado Springs provider of behavioral health services.
Qualls, a member of the UCCS faculty since 1984, will be honored at the luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Broadmoor Hotel, 1 Lake Ave. Now in its fifth year, the luncheon recognizes those who champion whole-person wellness and spearhead efforts to curb stigma and advance treatment for mental illness, substance abuse, homelessness and joblessness.
“A hero is not at all how I picture myself,” Qualls said. “We all do what we believe will help the world be a better place. I’ve been privileged to live and work in a community that is phenomenally supportive of the aging population and of the university-community partnerships that foster innovation.”
Brad Kline was in his Plaza of the Rockies office when a man came in and appeared to be out of breath and disoriented. Concerned about his safety and health Kline escorted the man down to the 4th floor which is occupied by Colorado Springs Utilities. While on the intercom with a CSU employee the gentleman collapsed on the floor. Kline began CPR and asked the CSU employee to call paramedics. The CSU employee brought out an AED machine. Despite their efforts, the man passed away.
Colorado Springs Fire Chief Rich Brown presented Kline with the Good Neighbor Award Aug. 30.
The Northwestern Mutual Foundation, through its Community Service Award program, is donating $10,000 to support Citizen Soldier Connection, a Colorado Springs-based non-profit organization dedicated to providing friendship and support to the soldiers and military families stationed at Fort Carson. As one of 26 recipients nationwide to be honored through the Community Service Award program in 2012, Kevin Kaveney, managing director of Northwestern Mutual in Colorado Springs, will present the donation on behalf of the foundation to Don Addy, co-founder and chairman of Citizen Soldier Connection, and Terrance McWilliams, president of Citizen Soldier Connection.
“All of us at the Northwestern Mutual-Colorado Springs office are proud to support our local service members and their families,” Kaveney said. “Assisting Citizen Soldier Connection is an extension of Northwestern Mutual’s commitment to serving our community, and we look forward to seeing the positive impact that this Community Service Award donation will have on our neighbors at Fort Carson.”