Planting The Seed and Establishing Roots
• Fundraising for the Center officially began in 1962 when Mrs. Ralph Rubinger collected over $85,000 from a gift shop in the Palm Beach Towers.
• In February 1966, Senator Abraham Ribicoff in a speech states to Mrs. Ralph Rubinger “Your challenge is clear. You have talent, you have the will, you have the means, you know what you want and a community mental health center should be your goal, one that will truly serve the people in need in your area.” Thus began the work on the Palm Beach Comprehensive Community Mental Health Center.
• The Palm Beach County Comprehensive Community Mental Health Center was incorporated in 1966.
• Dr. Edward Eissey was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors in January 1967.
• The first Palm Beach Ball was held in January 1967. The Ball became the outstanding fund raising event each year for the Center.
• Federal construction grants were received for the financing of the Center building.
• The groundbreaking for the Center was held in October 1968.
• Construction work started in March 1969.
• The first “Volunteer Day” was held in October of 1969. This was the beginning of an invaluable resource to the Center.
• In January 1970 members of the Board of Directors celebrated the placing of the cornerstone of the Center.
• Dr. Rufus M. Vaughn was appointed Medical Director of the Center in February 1970.
• In July of 1970 word was received from Congressman Paul G. Rogers, from Washington D.C., that a staffing grant was approved providing for
operating costs of the Center.
• In September of 1970 The Palm Beach County Adult Psychiatric Clinic and the Child Guidance Center were incorporated into the Center
• In November of 1970 the Center was officially dedicated and began offering “Five Vital Services’ 1). emergency services, 2).partial
hospitalization, 3). inpatient services, 4). outpatient services, and 5). consultation, education and rehabilitation. Estimated cost $2 million.
• The Center was named by the Palm Beach Post as “The Miracle on 45th Street.”