Fund taps former chief

By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — Six years after stepping down as director, Alice Lutz has rejoined the Raleigh-based Foundation of Hope for Research and Treatment of Mental Illness as interim director.

Lutz, who in January formed Oxygen Business Planning and Development, a nonprofit consulting firm, will help plan the foundation’s 15th annual Walk for Hope, set for Oct. 19, and help develop a strategic plan.

Endowed with $1 million in 1985 by the late restaurateur, Thad Eure Jr., and his late wife, Alice, the foundation has granted more than $2 million, mainly to the Department of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and to Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh.

Since 1989, the foundation also has raised more than $2.6 million in 14 walks organized by employees Eure’s restaurants, including the Angus Barn, 42nd Street Oyster Bar and Fat Daddy’s, all in Raleigh.

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