Two nonprofit agencies that serve the mentally ill and their families will host major fundraisers during National Mental Health Awareness Month.

The Mental Health Association (MHA) of Erie County will present “The Forgiveness Project” workshop and hold its annual dinner May 14 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo, while the regional chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) will host its 30th annual awards and dinner celebration starting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Sean Patrick’s restaurant, 3480 Millersport Highway, Getzville.

Randye Kaye, whose credits include hosting the talk show “Issues and Answers,” as well as appearing on PBS’ “To the Contrary,” will be the keynote speaker at the NAMI dinner. Kaye is author of “Ben Behind His Voices: One Family’s Journey from the Chaos of Schizophrenia to Hope,” a work in which she shares the journey through mental illness she and her family have taken with her son, Ben

Matt Spina, a reporter with The Buffalo News who has written a continuing series on weaknesses the state’s mental health care system, will be among honorees at the dinner. For ticket information, call 226-6264 or visit