2009 Conference Special Events

Ticket Prices Vary by Date of Purchase
(On/Before May 31 / Between June 1 - August 3 / On/After August 4)

Conference Meet & Greet
Thursday evening, 6:30 p.m. -  8:30 p.m.
FREE with conference registration
Meet other conference attendees, DBSA staff, and select conference presenters at this informal gathering. It's a great way to network and start making those "peer connections!"

Friends Reception Fundraiser*
Friday evening, 6:30 p.m. -  8:30 p.m.
$85 / $95

Exciting News: This Year's Friend's Reception to be held in historic theater and feature musical performances by DBSA's winners of our Facing Us 2008 Music contest!

Indianapolis Repertory Theater

Indiana Repertory Theater
(Located immediately across the street from the
conference hotel, the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis.)


Facing Us Music Contest

Music Sampler of Winning Songs
by Ray, Miria and Ben

Ray Ulrich Miria Jo Ben Arthur Learn more about these talented
songwriters and performers!

   Ray Ulrich

   S. Miria Jo   Ben Arthur

Join us for an inspired evening that benefits your peers!
This Year's Friends Reception will be held off-site in the beautiful, historic Indiana Repertory Theater. The event will feature appetizers and mingling followed by a musical performance by the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winning songwriters from DBSA's 2008 Facing Us music contest: R.H. Ulrich, S.M. Jo, and B. Arthur.

*Proceeds will benefit the DBSA Chapter Leadership Forum (CLF) Scholarship Fund. This scholarship fund gives chapter leaders who would otherwise be unable, the chance to attend a DBSA conference and CLF. DBSA chapters and support groups serve more than 70,000 every year. CLF provides these groups’ leaders with the training they need to achieve positive change in their communities through advocacy, community outreach, education, and support.

President’s Lunch 
Saturday noon
$450 / $500 per ticket
Join DBSA President Peter Ashenden for an intimate lunch and discussion. Proceeds will benefit the DBSA Chapter Leadership Forum (CLF) Scholarship Fund. In addition to lunch with Peter on Saturday, President’s Lunch donors will receive one (1) each of the following:

  • Full conference registration (Friday noon through Sunday noon)
  • Friends Reception ticket
  • DBSA 2009 National Conference product exclusive to President’s Lunch donors

Stand-Up Comedy Night
Saturday evening
$10 / $15

David Granirer

Come laugh your head off on Saturday night, September 12, with David Granirer, a stand-up comic and founder of the Stand Up For Mental Health project! David, 10 conference attendees (newly trained as stand-up comics), and some special guests will put on a show that looks at the lighter side of taking meds, seeing counselors, getting diagnosed and surviving the mental health system. Stand Up For Mental Health aims to reduce public stigma around mental illness and spread a message of hope, confidence, and empowerment. Those with mental illness are always being told what they can’t do. In this show, they prove what they CAN do! Learn more.

Watch video clips of last year's featured comics.

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