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From the release:

    NARSAD: The Mental Health Research Association of Greater Washington, D.C., presents its fourth annual “Mission Possible” Gala Dinner to raise funds for scientific research on the causes, treatment and prevention of mental illnesses.

    Highlighting the event will be the presentation of NARSAD’s annual Wellstone Leadership Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the betterment of people with mental illness.


    Wednesday, February 28, 6 p.m. reception; 7 p.m. dinner; 8:30 p.m. awards presentations

    Canadian Embassy, 501 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.

    For tickets and additional information, the public should call 1-800-829-8289 or visit ;


    Veteran TV newsman Mike Wallace will present NARSAD’s 2007 Wellstone Leadership Award, named for the late Minnesota senator Paul Wellstone, who provided legislative leadership on mental health issues.

    Honorees include:

    * Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy (RI), who will be on hand to receive the award, which recognizes his leadership in legislative initiatives on mental health. Kennedy is House co-sponsor of the Paul Wellstone Equitable Treatment Act, which would end insurance discrimination against mental illness.

    * The late Art Buchwald, renowned columnist and humorist, who is being honored for his courage in talking and writing about his struggles with depression. Mr. Buchwald helped countless Americans come to terms with their depression – including Mr. Wallace, who will deliver a tribute to his late friend and present the Wellstone Award to Mr. Buchwald’s son, Joel.

    * Frank Sesno, CNN special correspondent, will emcee the evening.