Daemion’s ‘Gala of Hope’ to Benefit Mental Health – Mainline Media News

Globally, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that as of Monday April 4, there have been 489,779,062 confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, resulting in 6,152,095 deaths. As of March 31, the WHO also reported that a total of 11,056,690,967 vaccine doses had been administered worldwide.

Stunning statistics!

According to a CDC report earlier in the pandemic, a survey of adults across the United States indicated that 31% of respondents reported symptoms of anxiety or depression, 13% said they started or increased the substance use, 26% reported stress-related symptoms, and 11% reported having had serious suicidal thoughts in the past 30 days.

Alarming mental health issues!

Not only are these numbers correlated, but they seem to confirm that mental illness is fast becoming a pandemic-like health issue of our time. At global, national, regional and local level. There is no longer any stigma attached to the term. And there never should have been.

Giving hope one hour at a time, Daemion Counseling Centre, Berwyn, has accomplished more than half a century of help and hope for those struggling with mental health issues. And, on Friday May 13, he will host his Hope Birthday Gala at Waynesborough Country Club, Paoli. Proceeds from the gala will help Daemion continue to provide professional, essential and affordable mental health services to local individuals and families in need.

Founded as Daemion House, a place of refuge for troubled teens, Daemion offers professional counseling to all residents of the Delaware Valley who seek help in dealing with life’s many transitions, regardless of or their financial situation.

Anxiety and stress management, anger management, depression, drug and alcohol assessment, positive wellness, grief, loss and aging and support groups do part of the services offered by Daemion.

Known for “giving hope one hour at a time,” Daemion provides teens (14+) through seniors with affordable care, including those who are underinsured or uninsured.

The Gala of Hope will begin with a welcome reception featuring live music from the popular BlueSky Band and continue with an auction of 10 luxury items valued at $500 or more each, and recognition of the long-time volunteer support of Eadeh Enterprises and its CEO, Stacey Ballard.

Fran Dunphy, legendary Penn and Temple basketball coach, will host the evening with an inspirational message for the more than 200 expected guests.

Dunphy, the winningest college basketball coach in Philadelphia history, began his coaching career at the United States Military Academy (1971-1972) where he served as assistant under coach -Chief Dan Dougherty. In 1977, he became a basketball head coach and accounting teacher at his alma mater high school, Malvern Prep, where he remained until becoming Lefty Ervin’s assistant at LaSalle University (1979-1980 ). The following year, he joined the team of Gary Williams at American University.

Returning to La Salle in 1985, he served one season under Ervin and assisted Speedy Morris for two seasons, leaving La Salle to become Penn’s top assistant. In 1989, he succeeded Tom Schneider as Penn’s head coach. In 2006, he succeeded John Chaney as head coach of the Temple Owls. By accepting the position, Dunphy became the first man to lead two separate Big 5 basketball programs.

During his 17-year career at Penn, he compiled an overall record of 310–163 and won 10 Ivy League titles. Dunphy’s 310 wins are the most of any Penn coach. His Quaker teams won 48 consecutive Ivy League games and four league titles from 1992 to 1996.

Dunphy, raised in Southwest Philadelphia and Drexel Hill, played in La Salle from 1967 to 1970 and earned a degree in marketing. In 1979, he obtained a master’s degree in consulting and human relations at Villanova.

For more information about the gala, table sponsorships (which include tickets to the event) as well as individual tickets, visit daemioncounseling.org or call 610.647.1431 or email [email protected] .


Once again, Christians all over the world look forward to the glorious Feast of the Resurrection. The celebration of victory over death. The annual spring of the soul. The centerpiece of the Christian faith.

It’s a day when children cheerfully collect colored eggs hidden on the lawn. The appearance of a larger than life rabbit delights children of all ages. Even in the waning of a pandemic, it is once again time for Earthly and less Earthly nobility to parade their new finery and sing Hallelujah, He is Risen!

Most Christians will celebrate the day by rejoicing in the risen Christ in worship services full of pomp and circumstance, flowers and trumpets, prayers, praise and hope in their hearts.

Sadly, others will continue to scoff at the anniversary of this Easter event, lamenting that the behavior of mankind hasn’t really changed in the 2,000 years since the story was first told. about a prophet who was crucified, died, was buried and rose from the dead. the third day.

The “story” that is the epicenter of the Christian faith is still under attack from many quarters (books, movies, television, social media, at work, at school, and even in the homes of neighbors and friends) by a growing multitude of unbelievers, semi-believers and weak believers.

Fictional tomes like The DaVinci Code, Gospel of Judas, Jesus of Morris Street, Autobiography of Jesus of Nazareth and the Missing Years, and others, are bought up despite countless priests, ministers, and other resolute leaders of flocks of believers. all over the world who proclaim the risen Christ is “the real deal”.

Finally, the best thing for believers to do is to stand in awe of the empty tomb, as the first disciples did. Doing so, dear readers, is the most meaningful way to wish the world a Happy Easter.


Well, no one asked me, but Thomas Jefferson (remember him…the third President of the United States) left a revered legacy of accomplishments and a bountiful library of quotable thoughts that are as valid today as they were more than 200 years ago. Consider this example: “I predict the future happiness of Americans if they can stop the government from wasting the labor of the people under the guise of taking care of them.”

The last word: good day, good luck and good news tomorrow.

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