Menninger's Community Luncheon Honors Barbara and Corby Robertson, Jr.

Monday, May 13, 2013
Despite torrential rains, Houstonians flocked to Menninger’s Community Luncheon in downtown Houston to see Barbara and Corby Robertson, Jr., honored for their long-time support of The Clinic.
“Barbara and Corby shared a vision with us to expand mental health services for Texans and the country, and their support of this vision helped us launch a capital campaign that resulted in our new campus, which opened last year,” said Menninger President and CEO Ian Aitken. “This is our opportunity to honor them as champions of mental health and as deeply caring and generous members of the Houston community.”
On its 10th anniversary in Houston, Menninger’s May 10 luncheon raised more than $550,000 for Menninger programs and research. It featured a bold message that real life is far different from TV’s “The Brady Bunch” from actress and author Maureen McCormick, who was the keynote speaker and who played Marsha Brady on that popular '70's show. She spoke movingly of her struggles with mental illness – including depression and eating disorders – and cocaine addiction. She said that she had achieved 30 years of sobriety thanks to treatment, supportive family and friends, prayer and hard work. McCormick said, “Today, I am now leading the most balanced life ever.”
Her book Here’s the Story describes her journey to recovery and the impact mental illness has had on her and generations of her family.

Held at the Hilton Americas, the luncheon was co-chaired by Bess and Rob Wilson, III, and Beth Robertson. Signature sponsor was The John M. O’Quinn Foundation and in-kind sponsor was Joan and Stanford Alexander.