OKLAHOMA CITY — UShine, an Edmond-based mental health advocacy group, is inviting the public to the Heart for Hope benefit Feb. 24 at Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, in Oklahoma City.

The event will benefit UShine’s mission of “sparking passion for proactive mental health, promoting compassion for others, and building hope for a mentally thriving world.”

The evening will begin with a VIP reception at 6 p.m., followed by a dinner and auction at 6:45 p.m.

VIP tickets are $80 per person, or $150 for a couple, and general admission tickets are $60 per person, or $100 for a couple.

VIP tickets include a special reception, a first look at auction items, wine and beer tastings, local artisan sodas and hors d’oeuvres.

Dress for the evening is business or cocktail attire.

UShine is a prevention-based mental and emotional health program “dedicated to providing mental and emotional health prevention-based education to youth and young adults in Oklahoma and beyond,” according to the group’s website.

According to UShine figures, 1 in 4 college students and 1 in 6 youth struggles with their mental health and 50%-60% don’t find help.

For tickets to the Heart for Hope Benefit or information, go to http://ushine.org/events/save-the-date.

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