Bloody marys, bagels and music have been within the air as individuals got here collectively Thanksgiving morning for this annual fundraiser benefitting Psychological Well being America of Aiken County.
Psychological Well being America, which serves Aiken, Barnwell and Edgefield counties, supplies data assist and sources similar to a disaster hotline. The non-profit group has been within the space since 1967.
“We’ve got by no means had, within the a few years the occasion has been occurring, this a lot attendance,” mentioned Psychological Well being America of Aiken County Govt Director BonnieAnne Fulghum.
Fulghum mentioned the occasion had over 1,200 individuals and ran out of meals earlier than it was over. She mentioned the massive variety of attendees final yr helped them put together, however it nonetheless wasn’t sufficient.
Fulghum mentioned individuals desirous to be out for the vacations performed an element within the attendance numbers.
“We like it and it’s a good way to kick off the vacations,” Invoice Carpenter mentioned.
The Los Angeles native has been coming to the occasion for the final 4 years and mentioned it’s a good way for the group to attach.
“It’s an exquisite sense of group and Aiken is a small city and an awesome gathering of individuals… of some you understand and a few you don’t,” Carpenter mentioned.
Aiken resident and first-time attendee Wanda Bulluck mentioned she likes that the occasion helps individuals turn into extra conscious of psychological well being in the neighborhood.
“There are such a lot of individuals which might be affected by psychological well being and so many individuals don’t notice they’ve issues,” Bulluck mentioned. “I feel individuals must concentrate on serving to them.
Fulghum mentioned she hopes individuals take away the significance of psychological well being and proceed to assist the company in its mission.
“I hope individuals perceive they’ve finished a much bigger factor than simply coming to an occasion,” Fulghum mentioned.