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Save the Date for our 1st Annual Gala
at the Brownstone in Paterson, NJ at
6:30PM on Thursday, October 3, 2024

The Latino Mental Health Association of New Jersey is proud present our first annual Gala: Celebrate & Elevate: 25 years of Comunidad, celebrating the inception of our association. The Gala is being held on Thursday, October 3, 2024 at the beautiful Brownstone in Paterson, NJ. 

Attendees of this black-tie affair will enjoy a sophisticated evening beginning with a cocktail hour followed by a sumptuous dinner, insights from our inspiring honoree best selling author and New Jersey native, Dr. Mariel Buqué, in addition to awards and dancing - providing a lively atmosphere for celebration!


Moreover, the gala presents a wonderful opportunity for attendees to contribute to a meaningful cause. A silent auction will be held, with all proceeds dedicated to establishing scholarships for graduate and doctoral students seeking degrees in mental health who also show a commitment to the Latinx community. This initiative aims to support aspiring mental health professionals, ensuring continued progress and support for our community.

Join us for an unforgettable evening of celebration, inspiration, and community as we honor 25 years of the Latino Mental Health Association of New Jersey and look forward to a future of continued impact and support.


Our Honoree Dr. Mariel Buqué 

Dr. Mariel Buqué (pronounced like a bouquet of flowers) is a first-generation Black Dominican psychologist, a world-renowned intergenerational trauma expert, and the author of the bestselling book Break the Cycle: A Guide to Healing Intergenerational Trauma. Her mission is to help reduce the recurrence of Intergenerational ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) within communities of color.

Upon seeing the huge gap in trauma-informed care and trauma-informed institutional action that specifically addresses the needs of underserved communities at Columbia University, Dr. Buqué sought out to develop a holistic system of care, with equity and prevention at the center. This is the method that is central within her consultation and therapy practice, the Break the Cycle Trauma Center (BTC).

Dr. Buqué is widely sought out for her clinical expertise and trauma approach and her work and weekly mental health tips can be found at

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Sponsorship Opportunities

We invite you to join us in making a significant impact by becoming a sponsor for our first annual gala, celebrating 25 years of the Latino Mental Health Association of New Jersey.


This prestigious event offers a unique opportunity to align your brand with a cause that resonates deeply with our community. By sponsoring, you'll not only gain visibility among influential leaders and advocates but also contribute to a scholarship fund supporting aspiring mental health professionals.


Click the link to explore our sponsorship packages and discover the various benefits and opportunities available for your organization. Together, we can celebrate and elevate the future of mental health in our community.

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