River Bandits vs Dayton Dragons: Thursday, July 18, 6:35PM

DAVENPORT, IOWA (July 11, 2019) — The Vera French Foundation and Quad Cities River Bandits are pleased to announce the first Mental Health Awareness Night on Thursday, July 18 at 6:35PM at Modern Woodmen Park.

The Vera French Foundation mission is to inspire compassionate awareness of mental illness, and through this baseball game, the Foundation hopes to break the stigma associated with mental health. Green is the color associated with mental health, and River Bandits players and coaching staff will be wearing one-of-a-kind jerseys that will be auctioned during the game on behalf of mental health services at Vera French.

The game was originally scheduled in May, but due to flooding in Downtown Davenport, was rescheduled. All tickets dated May 9 or 30 will be honored by the River Bandits at the July 18 game.

Nathan Sondgeroth, Foundation Executive Director, is excited to utilize the baseball game as a way to foster compassionate awareness of mental illness at a family level. He explained, “The stigma of mental health is broken down one person and one family at a time. Attending the game now on July 18 is a simple way to promote talking about the importance of mental health at home while having fun at the same time.”

Tickets can be purchased online at the River Bandits’ website HERE. The Vera French Foundation receives 50% of ticket sales when you buy your tickets online using Special Offer Code: VFF


About Vera French Community Mental Health Center:
Vera French Community Mental Health Center provides quality, accessible, and comprehensive mental-health services for all in the Quad Cities community. Through the Center’s clinical and community outreach services, our staff assists in providing the highest quality services to improve the lives of persons  affected by mental illness.

A variety of services are provided, including an outpatient clinic with prescriber and nursing services as well as individual and group-therapy sessions, a School Based Therapy program within all four Scott County school districts, residential care in multiple facilities and community-based settings, an Integrated Health Home program, a program providing opportunities for socialization at the Carol Center, a Homeless Outreach program, a Peer Services program, and Rick’s House of Hope offering individual and group services for grieving and traumatized youth. Education, support, and individual and group-supported community living-services are also provided. For more information, please visit http://www.verafrenchmhc.org.

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