Lighting the Way 2020

A Quiet Pandemic, A Generation at Risk

Access to mental health care for young people remains an enormous challenge across the country, as the United States has only 8,300 practicing child and adolescent psychiatrists and more than 15 million youth in need of their care. The isolation and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic have only amplified these needs.

But there is hope. Early identification, diagnosis and treatment can help prevent the dire consequences of mental illness, delay mental illness, or lessen symptoms so that children can grow into healthy, functioning adults. As we work to emerge from this pandemic stronger and healthier, will you join Banner Health once again as we “light the way” for Arizona youth?

While we cannot gather for a festive Pulse of the City Soiree this fall, we ask you to support this worthwhile effort with your tax-deductible charitable donation to help Banner expand access to behavioral health care and implement innovative new methods for care delivery. With no event-related expenses, 100% of your donation will support youth mental health.

To learn more about this critically important issue, watch this inspiring video produced by our friends at Fervor Creative.

Host Committee   

Debbie Moak, Chair
Anne Mariucci, Co-chair
Alex Adams
Jessica Baker
Joni DiMino
Hayley Drunasky
Julia Fallon
Erica Gallo
Shauna Gliss
Kathleen Graham
Suzi Hilton
Danielle Intorf

Michelle Kauk
Gretchen Kinsella
Brenda Kotiza
Tracey Lytle
Melinda March
Sara Mayer
Jaime McMahon
Sandy Metzler
Dena Mills
Michelle Moore
Mi-Ai Parrish
Lisa Pavelka


Mara Pernick
Kara Peterson
Madison Rose
Hannah Sanders
Chelsi Scull, M.D.
Ina Smeets-Kort
Karen Spurlin
Cathy Stein
Rena Szabo, M.D.
Abby Tryhus
Jennifer Woods

Thank you to our 2020 Points of Light partners