(Media release from Elevation House):

As Mental Health Awareness Month has ended, local nonprofit and mental health clubhouse, Elevation House, celebrates a successful inaugural event with Taste of Rome 2023. On May 16, Taste of Rome welcomed nearly 400 guests to the Courtyard by Marriott Rome Riverwalk for an evening that (along with the coinciding Annual Online Auction) raised $42,000. 

The event was complete with food and beverage “tastes” from 21 of Rome’s finest culinary establishments, six stellar raffle prizes, and live entertainment by Kevin Allen Music Production. Rock-N-Roll Sushi took home the award for “Best Taste 2023.” Attendees also had the privilege of hearing stories of adversity, progress and recovery from several members of Elevation House. 

“I have been so impressed by the willingness of the restaurants, sponsors and donors to support Elevation House,” Executive Director Beth Mulcahey said. “Fundraising is essential for Elevation House to carry out its mission to end economic and social isolation for adults living with mental illness.”

While celebrating a successful first-time event is in order, the members, board and staff at Elevation House also recognize that 30 percent of their fundraising goal for the Taste of Rome and Online Charity Auction endeavors has yet to be met. They offer supporters and mental health advocates a call-to-action to help close the gap between the $42,000 raised, and the $60,000 goal.  

“Continued fundraising efforts will sustain Elevation House, expand opportunities and assist more members with moving forward,” Mulcahey affirmed.

The organization looks toward a very specific and essential goal to be met using the funds raised. Mulcahey explained that a van would assist with transporting Elevation House members to the program, to job fairs and to interviews, not to mention it would also propel the organization’s efforts to build up their social program. Opportunities to be social with peers is vital for members’ paths to recovery. 

Elevation House affirms without hesitation that Taste of Rome will be back next year for another night of fantastic food and drink, dancing and an altruistic opportunity that remains to be an essential asset to members of the Rome/Floyd community. 

To help Elevation House reach their goal, visit and donate today! Leave a note “To Reach the Goal!”  

About Elevation House:

Elevation House’s mission as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization is to end economic and social isolation for adults living with serious mental illness. Utilizing a unique clubhouse environment as a foundation to walk alongside people who need a helping hand to get their lives on track, Elevation House operates on a concept called the “Work Ordered Day” to re-instill confidence and purpose because doing meaningful work has a special way of accelerating one’s recovery.