A photo of the Ronemus Family holding their award

Sanctuary House is thrilled to announce the remarkable success of its annual Musical Moods fundraiser, held on March 2. Thanks to the incredible generosity of attendees, the event grossed a staggering $258,900+, exceeding all expectations. These funds will play a vital role in supporting Sanctuary House’s operational needs and furthering its mission of fostering open dialogue surrounding mental health.

“There are no words to adequately convey our appreciation to our community supporters,” says Jodi Lorenzo, Sanctuary House CEO/Executive Director. “This incredible fundraising total will directly impact the lives of hundreds of individuals impacted by mental illness.”

Now in its 17th year, Musical Moods has become a cornerstone event in the Triad community, uniting individuals in a shared commitment to mental health wellness. At this year’s event, attendees witnessed the induction of the Ronemus Family into Sanctuary House’s prestigious ‘Hall of Honor.’ The Ronemus family courageously shared their personal journey, highlighting the profound impact of mental illness on families and communities.

Millie and Bill Ronemus, in memory of their son Hoge, spoke passionately about their mission to destigmatize mental illness. “After 23 years of struggling, our son, Hoge, lost his battle. To honor him, we are determined that we are going to take the stigma out of mental illness. We are not going to sweep it under the carpet,” Millie and Bill Ronemus shared. “We need to give people and families all the support we can. We’re going to do our best to help those who are struggling with mental illness to have a chance. We want everyone to get on the Sanctuary House train and see how important the ride will be for future growth. I would love to come back in a couple of years and see that the budget for Sanctuary House is well over $2.5 million per year.”

Guests also had the opportunity to hear powerful testimonials from individuals who have directly benefited from Sanctuary House’s diverse programs. Betty, a participant in the program, shared her transformative experience, crediting her peer support specialist, Hadley, for empowering her with invaluable coping strategies and fostering personal growth.

“Before I came to Sanctuary House, I was a frightened insecure and indecisive person,” Betty remarked. “Hadley has taught me new strategies and coping skills to add to my mental health toolbox. I use these skills to help me manage my stress which has helped me grow as an individual. Everyone should have a peer support specialist like Hadley.”

This year’s Musical Moods, held at Temple Emanuel, welcomed over 350 guests who danced the night away to the soulful tunes of Motown and the sensational Motor City Revue.

Betty Jones speaking at the podium
Betty Jones
A singer singing into a microphone
Motor City Revue