COLUMBUS, OHIO (October 17, 2022) – Southeast Healthcare, a nonprofit organization and comprehensive provider of mental health, chemical dependency, healthcare and homeless services, will be recognizing Harry Miller, former OSU Buckeye football player, as this year’s Recovery Award recipient at its annual Art of Recovery fundraising event. The event takes place at the Columbus Museum of Art on Friday, November 11, 6 – 10 p.m.
The Art of Recovery is an annual art auction fundraiser benefiting Southeast Healthcare’s Fresh A.I.R. Gallery, a Columbus, Ohio-based arts venue that exhibits the work of artists in recovery from mental illness and/or substance use disorders.
“The Recovery Award recognizes efforts by community members who have worked to promote recovery and end stigma about mental illness, and whose work opens doors for people living with mental illness and substance use disorders so they may have a true place in the community,” said Bill Lee, CEO of Southeast Healthcare. “Harry Miller is someone who has worked hard to contribute to lessening the stigma often associated with mental illness, so he was a natural choice.”
While playing football, Harry made it a point to use his platform to help others. For his dedication to community service and the positive impact he has made on the lives of others, he was named one of 22 members of the 2021 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
“I am an advocate and describe myself as ‘just a guy trying to help,” said Miller. “I started my advocacy journey helping the people of Nicaragua and I have served as a board member at Mission 4 Nicaragua, a nonprofit organization that operates a school and distributes food and medicine to less fortunate families in Los Brasiles.”
Past Recovery Award recipients who have helped Southeast accomplish its mission of lessening the stigma through their passion for mental health awareness and addiction recovery include former OSU Buckeye Football player Maurice Clarett, Ohio Governor John Kasich, Jerry Revish of 10TV, and Judge Scott VanDerKarr.
“As the U.S. navigates the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and confronts a worsening mental health and addiction crisis, the gallery’s mission to educate the community through art to break down stigma, is more important than ever,” said Lee.
The Art of Recovery is Fresh A.I.R. Gallery’s primary source of funding and will take place at the Columbus Museum of Art on Friday, November 11, 6 – 10 p.m., with a special sponsors’ VIP reception starting at 5 pm. To expand the reach of the auction, online silent bidding options will also be available November 4 – 11. Tickets for the event and registration for the online silent auction are available at bidpal.net/aor2022.
Southeast has been a leader in providing integrated healthcare inclusive of comprehensive primary and behavioral healthcare services in Franklin County and in southeastern Ohio with behavioral healthcare provided in eight Ohio counties. Southeast Healthcare operates as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and State of Ohio Certified Community Mental Health Center that delivers services to vulnerable and at-risk populations living in urban and rural portions of central and eastern/southeastern Ohio.