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She might have had OCD, but Mattress Mac's daughter earned a Ph.D — erasing the mental illness stigma

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54 Jim and Liz McIngvale, from left, and Liz and Matt Rotan at the Hope and Healing Center luncheon May 2014
Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale, from leff, Liz McIngvale, Liz Rotan and Matt Rotan. Photo by © Jenny Antill
201 Bonnie Weekley, from left, Stuart Nelson and Mary Katharine Roff at the Hope and Healing Center luncheon May 2014
Bonnie Weekley, left, Stuart Nelson and Mary Katharine Roff. Photo by © Jenny Antill
152 Helen Perry, left, and Patti Hatton at the Hope and Healing Center luncheon May 2014
Helen Perry, left, and Patti Hatton. Photo by © Jenny Antill
138 Lorna Bradley, from left, Patti Hatton, Bill Wigmore and Amy Bezecny at the Hope and Healing Center luncheon May 2014
The Rev. Lorna Bradley, from left, Patti Hatton, the Rev. Bill Wigmore and the Rev. Amy Bezecny. Photo by © Jenny Antill
310 Laura Levenson, left, and Susan Baker at the Hope and Healing Center luncheon May 2014
Laura Levenson, left, and Susan Baker. Photo by © Jenny Antill
299 Kathy Goosen, from left, Peggy Barnett and Frances Heyne at the Hope and Healing Center luncheon May 2014
Kathy Goossen, from left, Peggy Barnett and Frances Heyne. Photo by © Jenny Antill
243 Chris Mizell, from left, Dana Burke and Cindy Holmes at the Hope and Healing Center luncheon May 2014
Chris Mizell, from left, Dana Burke and Cindy Holmes. Photo by © Jenny Antill
223 Pat Pontierre, left, and Judi McGee at the Hope and Healing Center luncheon May 2014
Pat Pontierre, left, and Judi McGee. Photo by © Jenny Antill
230 Sheryl Doyle, from left, Anne Thomson, Ginny Fuchs, Peg Fuchs and Alden Womack at the Hope and Healing Center luncheon May 2014
Sheryl Doyle, from left, Anne Thomson, Ginny Fuchs, Peg Fuchs and Alden Womack. Photo by © Jenny Antill
238 Katy Hays and Tom Brown at the Hope and Healing Center luncheon May 2014
Katy Hays and Tom Brown. Photo by © Jenny Antill
249 Rob and Liz Andrews, from left, Beverly and Tom Fritsch and David Deaton at the Hope and Healing Center luncheon May 2014
Rob and Liz Andrews, from left, Beverly and Tom Fritsch and David Deaton. Photo by © Jenny Antill
266 John and Pat Graham, from left, Dr. John Roff and Melinda Stubbs at the Hope and Healing Center luncheon May 2014
The Rev. John Graham, from left, Edith Woods, Dr. John Roff and Melinda Stubbs. Photo by © Jenny Antill
54 Jim and Liz McIngvale, from left, and Liz and Matt Rotan at the Hope and Healing Center luncheon May 2014
201 Bonnie Weekley, from left, Stuart Nelson and Mary Katharine Roff at the Hope and Healing Center luncheon May 2014
152 Helen Perry, left, and Patti Hatton at the Hope and Healing Center luncheon May 2014
138 Lorna Bradley, from left, Patti Hatton, Bill Wigmore and Amy Bezecny at the Hope and Healing Center luncheon May 2014
310 Laura Levenson, left, and Susan Baker at the Hope and Healing Center luncheon May 2014
299 Kathy Goosen, from left, Peggy Barnett and Frances Heyne at the Hope and Healing Center luncheon May 2014
243 Chris Mizell, from left, Dana Burke and Cindy Holmes at the Hope and Healing Center luncheon May 2014
223 Pat Pontierre, left, and Judi McGee at the Hope and Healing Center luncheon May 2014
230 Sheryl Doyle, from left, Anne Thomson, Ginny Fuchs, Peg Fuchs and Alden Womack at the Hope and Healing Center luncheon May 2014
238 Katy Hays and Tom Brown at the Hope and Healing Center luncheon May 2014
249 Rob and Liz Andrews, from left, Beverly and Tom Fritsch and David Deaton at the Hope and Healing Center luncheon May 2014
266 John and Pat Graham, from left, Dr. John Roff and Melinda Stubbs at the Hope and Healing Center luncheon May 2014

What: The Hope and Healing Center & Institute's third annual Chrysalis Occasion Award Luncheon.

Where: Bagby Parish Hall at St. Martin's Episcopal Church.

The 411: Elizabeth McIngvale, daughter of famed furniture man Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale and Liz McIngvale, shared the powerful story of her battle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and how she defeated it, eventually earning a Ph.D. in social work. Her parents served as honorary chairs and Mattress Mac gave his perspective on the impact the illness had on her family. Elizabeth said that she was sharing her story in order to help erase the stigma of mental illness and encourage others to seek help. She also spoke about her non-profit, the Peace of Mind Foundation, which works to improve the quality of life of OCD sufferers and their caregivers. Elizabeth was presented with the Chrysalis Occasion Award.

The luncheon was chaired by Liz and Matt Rotan.

Who: Among the 400 guests were Helen Perry, Patti Hatton, Bonnie Weekly, Sidney Faust, Susan Baker, Pat Pontierre Judi McGee, Liz and Rob Andrews, Beverly and Tom Fritsch, The Rev. John Graham, Pat Graham, Melinda Stubbs, Kathy Goossen, the Rev. Bill Wigmore and the Rev. Amy Bezecny.

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