eBay CEO headlines McLean Hospital Gala

October 18, 2005

Cindy Lepore
Public Affairs

Hani Durzy

Belmont, MA - Meg Whitman, president and CEO of eBay, will discuss the Internet and its empowerment of people from all walks of life, during an Oct. 21 dinner benefiting McLean Hospital's Jonathan Cole Mental Health Consumer Resource Center. The event will be hosted by WCVB-TV News Anchor Natalie Jacobson at Boston's Westin Copley Place. Attendance is open to the public and costs $250 per person.

Meg Whitman's sister, Anne Whitman, PhD, founded the Jonathan Cole Mental Health Consumer Resource Center at McLean Hospital with two colleagues in 1993 after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1986. The Center is operated solely by people with mental illness and offers a broad array of resources critical to the mentally ill population. Today, the Center is nationally recognized for the programs it offers, including back-to-work programs; educational lectures on mental illness in the workplace at national corporations and government agencies such as Hewlett Packard, Polaroid and the FBI; a referral service that connects patients in need of clinicians; consumer advocacy and media outreach. The Center also spearheads a program that helps first-year psychiatric students at McLean Hospital and the Massachusetts General Hospital gain a better understanding of mental illness from the patient's point of view.

"My sister is an excellent example of what people with psychiatric illnesses can achieve with the love and support of others," says Meg Whitman. "I'm very proud of Anne and her accomplishments with the Cole Center. The Center is a beacon of hope for many people." Tickets may be obtained by calling the Cole Center at 617.855.329.

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