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Singing legend Connie Francis hosts annual luncheon for Mental Health Association of Broward

Connie Francis, the legendary bestselling female singing star of the 1950s and '60s, on Wednesday hosted EPIC 2011, the annual luncheon to benefit the Mental Health Association of Broward County.

This year's luncheon, at Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale, was hosted for the fourth time by CBS4 meteorologist David Bernard. The even was co-chaired by Sandra Booth and Chuck Williams, former board president of Stonewall Library. Jazz artist Nicole Henry entertained, along with The 9Muses Ensemble. Honorary hosts: Rosanne Minnet and Sun-Sentinel columnist Michael Mayo.

Honorees: Arnie Marks of PROSPER (Peers Reaching Out: Support Partners for Emotional Recovery); Richard J. Philipp of SNAP, The Special Needs Advisory Partners; another legend, South Florida DJ Rick Shaw who founded the Majic Children's Fund; and Lorraine Wilby, an advocate for the homeless.

The Mental Health Association of Broward County is chaired by Adam Rosenberg. Other officers are First Vice Chair Paul Jaquith; Vice Chair Finance Idelle Newburge; and Secretary Sharon Grad. Board members: Lynn Britt; Dana Cahn; Gary Dirda; Faith Dressler; Janet Gerner; Jennifer Mallison; Quentin Morgan; Alana Segall; and Robin Sorkin.


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