STEL luncheon May 21

CHAUTAUQUA – Anthony Rudnicki, author of “Bipolar Buffalo A Mosaic of Minds Journey,” will be the keynote speaker at a luncheon sponsored by Southern Tier Environments for Living on May 21.

The event, which will be held at noon at Chautauqua Suites Hotel and Conference Center, is STEL’s celebration of National Mental Health Month.

Rudnicki has degrees from the University at Buffalo (BA), the University of Denver (MA) and pursued doctoral studies at Tulane University, Northern Michigan University and SUNY Albany. His book tells of the human struggles and adventures of a steel-city, second generation working-class youth growing up Polish, Catholic and Bipolar in Buffalo during the 20th Century. His presentation will contain personal stories on the conflicts of being Bipolar as well as humor as a coping mechanism. It should be of interest to people who wish to learn more and/or are coping with Bipolar disorder, as well as to medical, health and human service professionals, students and teachers.

Following the keynote address, STEL awards will be presented to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to people with mental illness. They will include the “DuBois Employee of the Year,” “Success of the Year,” and “The John Theismann Vocational Service Award.” Two Community Service Awards will also be given, one for group activity and one for an individual.

Presenting the awards will be Thomas J. Whitney, STEL executive director, and David Maternowski, president of STEL’s board of directors. Dennis Webster of Media One Radio will serve as master of ceremonies for the event.

Cost of the luncheon is $15. Reservations made by calling 366-3200 or by email at swanv@stel.org.