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N&N: Monarch M.A.G.I.C.A.L. Garden wins ECBH State of the Art Award

12-Garden-ECBH 12East Carolina Behavioral Health (ECBH), a Local Management Entity and Managed Care Organization, recognizes exemplary individuals and agencies that provide behavioral health services and support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in eastern North Carolina with their State of the Art Awards.

Monarch was one of eight organizations, out of numerous nominees, selected for the prestigious award that honors service and engagement in the community.

The Partnering in Action award, which recognizes providers that collaborate with organizations to become more involved in local activities, was given to Monarch for its its Monarch Ability Garden Integrating Community and Land (M.A.G.I.C.A.L.) initiative in New Bern, N.C. because of the massive community involvement in its implementation and care.

"This award was a significant accomplishment for a project led by Monarch to be recognized by ECBH, a well-respected and established agency in the I/DD and mental health field.  The M.A.G.I.C.A.L. project is just one example of the extensive community engagement that Monarch and the people we support enjoy in our communities across the state that we look forward to continually broadening," said Volunteer and Community Coordinator Eileen Bress.

The garden has helped Monarch cultivate and develop numerous local partnerships throughout the New Bern community. From Eagle Scout candidates who raised money and built the beds as their projects, Rotary Club members who wrote grants and awarded the proceeds to buy building supplies and constructed garden beds to students volunteering from Craven Community College’s sustainable gardening course the garden truly is a community effort.

The ECBH Award Ceremony was held on Aug. 27 at the Hilton of Greenville in Greenville, N.C. Bress accepted the award on behalf of Monarch.

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