MHA of Rockland Hosts Virtual Fundraiser Featuring Top Rockland County Chefs “Food for Thought” Programming Streaming Live November 15th


Valley Cottage, NY –10/29/20–Mental Health Association of Rockland (MHA of Rockland) will stream a 90-minute virtual cook-a-thon fundraiser on Sunday, November 15that 6:00 pm on their website and through Facebook Live to raise funds and awareness of the dire effect the COVID-19 pandemic has had on mental health. Seven top chefs from local Rockland County restaurants will be creating mouth-watering dishes from various cultures to nourish viewers’ minds and stomachs during the program.

Chef Marcello Russodivito of Marcello’s Ristorante in Suffern graciously offered his kitchen for the cooking segments which feature Chef Marcello and Chef Philippe Scouarnec from Marcello’s; Chef Matt Hudson from Hudson House in Nyack; Chef Michelle Timothée from La Talaye Event & Catering in Haverstraw; Chef Kevin Reilly from Roost in Sparkill; Chef Jose David Martinez from Union in Haverstraw, and Chef Doug Chi Nguyen from Wasabi in Nyack. Along with the chefs’ time, these local restaurants have also generously donated a variety of gift certificates and products to encourage donations leading up to and throughout the event. As an added bonus, a “Food for Thought” commemorative wooden cooking spoon will be given to the first 125 people who make a donation of $25 or more through the MHA of Rockland website starting November 1st.

Working together to ensure that community programs remain funded and accessible has become more important than ever. Stephanie Madison, President & CEO of MHA of Rockland, notes that, “The pandemic spotlight s both existing and new barriers to accessing mental health services. Everyone has been affected in some way over the past 8 months by this global crisis. We are seeing increased rates of depression, anxiety, substance use and post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), and do not yet know the magnitude of the psychological effects of this unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. As the pandemic subsides, the psychological effects will emerge and can expect to continue for months and years to come.

“MHA of Rockland has been serving the Rockland community for almost 70 years, and we want to respond to the emerging needs of the community by expanding our mental health and family support services for adults, children and families.Funds raised will support expanding mental health programs for the Rockland community,trauma recovery work for individuals and their families, online support forums for healthcare workers, and online relaxation and support classes for individuals with behavioral health issues.”

Companies or individuals wishing to sponsor MHA of Rockland’s Food for Thought fundraiser should contact Ms. Velvet Reda at (845) 216-4045or Corporate sponsorships include the opportunity to offer a virtual interactive presentation on Mental Wellness in the Workplace during COVID-19 with Stephanie Madison, MHA of Rockland President and CEO, or another MHA of Rockland professional, depending upon the level. Individual donors can contribute through the MHA website at

About the Mental Health Association of Rockland The Mental Health Association of Rockland helps people living with mental illness and/or addiction to embrace life and redefine themselves. MHA of Rockland also welcomes and supports families, friends, employers and colleagues who care about those struggling with these challenges. Since opening their doors in 1951, MHA of Rockland has touched the lives of more than 50,000 Rockland County residents. MHA of Rockland is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.


Contact: Velvet Reda, MHA of Rockland

Phone:(845) 216-4045