Rotary's State of the State event brings Molly Bloom, focuses on mental health

Annual luncheon and wellness symposium set for Jan. 8


Molly Bloom, author of the book-turned-Oscar-nominated film “Molly’s Game” who also struggled with addiction, anxiety and depression, is one of two headliners at the Rotary State of the State luncheon on Tuesday, Jan. 8, which is paired with a Mental Health and Wellness Symposium and Seminar.

Cost for the luncheon, at which well-known pollster and political analyst Floyd Ciruli also will speak, is $60. The mental health and wellness seminar is free and runs throughout the morning.

Bloom’s books follows her journey from an Olympic-caliber skier from Loveland to an accidental entrepreneur running one of the most exclusive, high-stakes underground poker games in the world with such players as Hollywood stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Affleck.

Ciruli will speak on what’s ahead for Colorado with a new governor and changes in the state Legislature.

The 12th annual State of the State Luncheon, sponsored by Denver Southeast Rotary and District 5450, will be held at the Denver Marriott Tech Center, 4900 S. Syracuse St. Lunch will be at noon, concluding at 1:30 p.m. To register and buy tickets, go to

This is the fourth year that the State of the State also has focused on mental health and wellness.

Earlier in the day, the opioid crisis, the stigma of mental illness, substance abuse and the brain and approaches to those problems and others will be presented at the free Mental Health and Wellness Symposium by Rotarians for Mental Health, an advocacy coalition of Rotary clubs along the Front Range. Registration is encouraged at  

Coffee and conversation will start at 8:30 a.m. The symposium will offer six sessions, one set of three running 9-10 a.m. and the second from 10:20-11:20 a.m. For details on session topics and speakers, visit or

“This year’s symposium includes an exceptional lineup of mental health professionals that will help people understand a variety of challenges of dealing with mental illness and substance abuse,” said Seth Patterson, co-chairman of Rotarians for Mental Health.  

Rotarians for Mental Health members consist of these Rotary clubs: Englewood, Golden, Westminster 7:10, Wheat Ridge, Denver, Denver Cherry Creek, Denver Mile High, Denver Southeast, Boulder, Boulder Flatirons, Boulder Valley, Carbon Valley and Commerce City. Its partners include public health entities from all metro Denver counties, many of which will have booths at the expo.


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