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Beautiful Minds

A celebration of the creative genius of famous artists and thinkers with serious mental illness


May 17, 2019

5:30-7:00 | Reception at Des Moines University’s Olsen Center

7:00-10:00 | Dinner at Host Homes

Reserve Tickets:

Tickets: $150 per guest; $50 per young professional (under 35)

Ticket sales close: May 15

Dinner Hosts

Woody Brenton & Michelle Book Famous Thinker: John Nash, portrayed by Arlen Daleske
Alicia & David Claypool Famous Thinker: Doris Day, portrayed by Deb Garner
Christine & Brendan Comito Famous Thinker: Maria Callas, portrayed by Erin Besser
Dr. Angela Franklin and Gov. Kim Reynolds Famous Thinker: Judy Garland, portrayed by Preshia Paulding
Lynn & Steve Graves Famous Thinker: Vincent van Gogh, portrayed by Chris Ragner
Ron & Angel Grubb Famous Thinker: Demi Lovato, portrayed by Alena Ingle


Suzette Jensen and Denise Essman Famous Thinker: Clara Bow, portrayed by Tricia Arvanis
Don & Deb Laster Famous Thinker: Anne Hathaway, portrayed by Mandie Deaton
MercyOne Central Iowa Famous Thinker: Lady Gaga, portrayed by Rachel Meyer
Laura Sands & Dave Busiek and Rose Mary & Bob Pratt Famous Thinker: Naomi Judd, portrayed by Mary Catlett
Lois Skinner and Mike & Patty Richardson Famous Thinker: Ernest Hemingway, portrayed by Michael Banks
Tom & Christie Vilsack Famous Thinker: Lisa Nicole Carson, portrayed by Donna Scarfe


Presenting Sponsor:

Doug & Mary Bruce

Meaghan & Tyler Tigges

In memory of Robert Spellman

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