Tyra Manning (left), former superintendent of schools in River Forest, and Nina Allen, CEO of Oak Park’s Thrive Counseling Center, at Saturday’s annual gala. Allen described the event as the most successful in her group’s history and credited Manning for both building the crowd and bravely telling her personal story of mental illness.

Manning’s new memoir, Where the Water Meets the Sand, tells her story of seeking treatment and coming back from depression, anxiety, an eating disorder and alcoholism.

Allen said, Manning “did an amazing job of telling her personal story of hope, resilience and recovery – the theme of our event. Stigma is our greatest enemy as we work toward helping people recover. Tyra’s courage in telling her own story is one step toward reducing the stigma attached to seeking treatment.”

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Dan was one of the three founders of Wednesday Journal in 1980. He’s still here as its four flags – Wednesday Journal, Austin Weekly News, Forest Park Review and Riverside-Brookfield Landmark – make...