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Sunshine From Darkness to Return to Forefront of Mental Health Research

Jeff Peterson
Jeffrey Peterson, son of Lee and Bob Peterson, launched the Lee and Bob Peterson Foundation in 2019 to carry on his parents’ legacy. Jeff, formerly of Westport, CT, is now a full-time resident of Sarasota and is dedicated to helping fund local charities that provide mental health services and behavioral health research.

Jeffrey Peterson, son of Sunshine From Darkness founders Lee and Bob Peterson, has announced his plans to bring Sunshine From Darkness back to the forefront of the mental health research funding and direct services community. The non-profit organization will launch its renewed efforts with a pair of special events – The Journey to Wellness Symposium and the Inspiring Hope Dinner – on Saturday, March 14, 2020, to raise both awareness and funds for local mental health causes. 
“Our mission is to continue the work of my parents and fund local non-profits who provide services for those suffering from mental health disorders and substance abuse,” said Jeffrey Peterson. “Their efforts have helped equip new generations to train for and pursue the ultimate goal of preventing and curing mental illness, while bringing awareness that mental illness is a brain disorder and the benefits of treatment are real and life-changing.” 
The Journey to Wellness Symposium is free and open to the public, scheduled from 9:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Van Wezel Grand Foyer. 
The Inspiring Hope Dinner will take place that same evening at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, and will feature speakers Steve Ford, actor, mental health advocate and son of former President Gerald Ford and First Lady Betty Ford; Kathy Cronkite, mental health advocate, author and daughter of broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite; and Ron Suskind, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of “Life Animated.” 

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