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Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf will give Penn Foundation fundraiser keynote

Ryan Leaf, former collegiate and NFL quarterback turned mental health advocate, will be the keynote speaker at Penn Foundation’s Autumn Event fundraiser at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Pennridge High School, 1228 N. Fifth St., Perkasie.

In recovery himself, Leaf is an advocate for those struggling with mental and behavioral health issues and encourages audiences to transform the way they think about mental health issues and addiction.
Leaf hopes to help eliminate the mental health stigma and says, “Asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness.”

The strong presence Leaf holds in a room is not just due to his 6-foot, 6-inch frame, but the impassioned commitment he has made to serve those who are struggling.

The event is open to the community. Tickets are $25 each or four for $75. To purchase tickets or to become an event sponsor, visit or call 267-404-5937.

In addition to the keynote speaker, Autumn Event also honors one of Penn Foundation’s servant leaders. This year’s honoree is Lu Mauro, MEd, CPRP, director of Mental Health Rehabilitation Services. Mauro will receive Penn Foundation’s annual Vernon H. Kratz, MD Penn Foundation Service Award on Sept. 24.

Richard Curtis, Souderton Area High School teacher and host of the “ClassH Room” on Fox29 will return as emcee for the evening.

Penn Foundation would like to acknowledge its Autumn Event media partners – Fox29, Bucks County Herald, 94WIP Sports Radio, WNPV, and Suburban One Sports.

Penn Foundation is also grateful to its event sponsors to-date: Aetna Behavioral Health; Univest Bank and Trust; Penn Community Bank; QNB; Selective Insurance; Altek Business Systems, Inc.; The Community at Rockhill; Grim, Biehn, & Thatcher; Harleysville Bank; Hatfield Quality Meats; Landis, Hunsberger, Gingrich & Weik, LLC; and R. Lee and Ruth Delp.