Family Service Inc. celebrating 50 years tonight

Family Service Inc. will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with an event tonight at Simmons Winery on County Road 450N.

The not-for-profit group provides mental health care and other services for those in need on a sliding fee scale, says Julie Miller, the agency’s executive director.

The agency started as a mental health initiative.

Last year, more than 15,000 individuals were served by the agency.

The mission has since grown to include early childhood services and child abuse prevention efforts.

Tonight’s event runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop will read a proclamation recognizing the anniversary at 5:30 p.m. and the band, Brothers From Another Mother, will be performing. Food and a cash bar will be provided by Simmons Winery.