Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center hosted its annual benefit on Saturday, June 10 at the Evanston Golf Club, 4401 Dempster St., Skokie, Ill. This year’s benefit, RISING TO THE CHALLENGE, honored George Van Dusen, Mayor of Skokie; Martina Cortez, Compliance Officer, Turning Point; and The National Alliance on Mental Illness Cook County North Suburban for their commitment and service to the community. The Benefit was generously sponsored by Wellness Level Sponsor: Rush University College of Nursing; Resilience Level Sponsors: Allergan, BDO USA, LLP, First Bank & Trust, Noorani & Aftab Noorani, Porte Brown LLC and the Walsh & Roberts Families.
The benefit raised over $87,000 to support the many programs at Turning Point, which annually provides mental health care services to over 1,200 individuals, both children and adults, from throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. Guests enjoyed live music by the Julian Chin Trio, a silent auction and raffle, a dinner, and a "Wellness Tips" station where guests shared personal tips on how to stay happy, healthy and resilient.
"This year's honorees played a key role in strengthening our organization, allowing us to focus on our mission while continuing our legacy of innovation," said Ann Fisher Raney, Turning Point CEO. "Mayor Van Dusen has shown a longtime commitment to the social services that support Skokie and he is a tireless advocate for all underserved and vulnerable individuals in our diverse community. Martina Cortez has led the Turning Point team that developed and launched our innovative Open Access program. The National Alliance on Mental Illness Cook County North Suburban is a longtime and valued colleague, providing invaluable support to our shared community.”
“The funds raised tonight will support our commitment to comprehensive, compassionate, and high quality mental health care,” said Marsha Hahn, Turning Point CFO. “Severe state budget cuts for mental health services have made providing care ever more challenging. We celebrate those who have helped make it possible for us to improve access to mental health services.”
The Turning Point staff of approximately 60 clinicians and support staff provide care to both children and adults. In 2016, Turning Point provided care to over 1,200 individuals. Both Open Access and The Living Room at Turning Point serve as models of innovative community based mental health care.
TURNING POINT BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE CENTER, established in 1969, is a non-profit outpatient mental health center, serving children and adults, with a mission to provide “Solid support. When you need it most.”