one community, one cause

Vessel Longevity & IV Bar is pleased to announce that we have chosen to work with two nonprofits, Breaking the Silence New Mexico and Ancora Transitional Services, to help raise awareness for mental health in our community.

Join us at Behind the Mask, a mental health benefit for New Mexico non profits, on 12/11/21, 6 to 10 PM at the Del Norte Sports and Wellness, 7120 Wyoming Blvd NE in Albuquerque NM. 

Enjoy this evening while you raise awareness for mental health, party with live music, feast during a chef team competition and meet fellow philanthropists. All proceeds for this event go to Breaking the Silence New Mexico and Ancora Transitional Services! Food is sponsored by Shamrock foods.

The evening will feature culinary competition by 505 Food Fights where 5 chef teams will compete against each other a for a chance to win a local celebrity judge's choice and/or people's choice awards.

Formal attire is requested for the evening

special event speaker: tait fletcher

Stunt Man, Actor, Speaker, Fighter, Businessman

Tait Fletcher has roots in New Mexico. He first came to NM for college and then began a mixed martial arts (MMA) career while training at Jackson Wink Gym that would see him win numerous competitions in grappling. This career led to his later endeavors in the film industry as an actor and stunt performer.

Since that time, Tait has expanded his horizons and become an accomplished entrepreneur, public speaker and the host of "Pirate Life Radio," where he works to empower his listeners in multiple aspects of their lives, including mental health.

For more information about Tait, you can click here.

meet the nonprofits you're supporting

Breaking the Silence NM (BTSNM) was founded in 2012 by Michelle Herling, whose brother suffered with a lifelong mental illness, and Desiree Woodland, a teacher who recognized the need for education about mental illness in middle and high school classrooms after the suicide of her son Ryan.

BTSNM wants to be the voice when people don't feel like they have one. They want to speak up and give youth the language to engage in dialogue, and remove the shame from mental illness. BTSNM promotes mental health literacy, advocacy, and well-being for teens, youth, and adults through education, personal stories, and the arts. Their core programs share the goal of ending the stigma, shame, silence, and secrecy surrounding mental illness and suicide. Their programs are in classrooms, grades 4-12 throughout New Mexico but they are headquartered in Albuquerque. To date, they have served over 22,000 New Mexican youth.

Ancora Transitional Services was founded in late 2020 by social worker, Dominic Cagliostro, whose dream is to support individuals who deserve a second chance as they establish healthier lifestyles. The nonprofit is interconnected and supported by Perfectly Imperfect Therapy Center which specializes in trauma and domestic violence therapy. They recruits people who want a second chance from a number of outpatient treatment centers across the region. Ancora provides an environment in Ancora Cafe and Bakery that's conducive to being on the road to recovery while teaching necessary skills they can take with them. 

Ancora serves as the model for what Dominic hopes will grow into an entire network of local businesses offering similar opportunities for participants interested in, say, dentistry or construction rather than baking. 

“I just want to help people,” Cagliostro says. “It’s something that I feel gives my life meaning. What do we want to put our energy into? I want to put my energy into helping the community.”

meet our generous sponsors

With five locations in the area, Sports and Wellness is Albuquerque’s premier destination for health and fitness.

More than just a place to lift weights, Sports and Wellness supports the mental health of our city through different types of exercise, including swimming, racket ball, group fitness classes and social activities the whole family will enjoy. 

Regular exercise has been repeatedly shown to improve both mental and physical health outcomes and we are thrilled to have Sports and Wellness as our featured sponsor and venue for this event.

Ragsdale Law Firm

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December 11th, 6:00 -10:00 PM

Del Norte Sports and Wellness

7120 Wyoming Blvd NE Ste 8B

Albuquerque, NM 87109

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