In 1984, the late Thad and Alice Eure, owners of the Angus Barn Restaurant established the Foundation of Hope for Research and Treatment of Mental Illness, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting scientific research aimed at discovering the causes and potential cures for mental illness in hopes of developing more effective means of treatment. The Foundation provides financial support for ongoing and new research and treatment through the UNC Department of Psychiatry and its affiliated programs.
After Thad Eure’s death in 1988, his employees decided to honor his memory by raising money for the Foundation of Hope. They called their fund raising event The Thad Eure, Jr. Walk for Hope, and that first year 200 participants raised nearly $35,000 for the Foundation. The Angus Barn employees never dreamed that the “Walk” would be so successful. It has become an annual community event, as well as the Foundation’s largest annual fund-raiser. The 2013 Thad and Alice Eure Walk for Hope attracted over 3,800 participants and raised over $670,000. This year the Walk will celebrate 26 years of walking!
The Foundation typically provides funds to help young investigators establish their research programs or more senior investigators to develop new, innovative lines of research. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded over 130 scientific research grants totaling more than $3.4 million dollars.
With the Foundation’s initial funding in place—Department researchers have leveraged an additional $100 million in federal funding for these studies. The Foundation has also provided significant support for two Endowed Professorships in the Department, The Thad and Alice Eure Distinguished Professor for Research, currently held by Dr. John Gilmore, and the Jordan Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders held by Dr. Cynthia Bulik.
The UNC Department of Psychiatry would like to express its deep appreciation to the Foundation of Hope for Research and Treatment of Mental Illness for its significant support of the Department’s research efforts. In a very substantial way, the success of the Department’s research faculty is tied very closely to the ongoing support of the Foundation for Hope.