Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center hosted its 50th Anniversary RISING TO THE CHALLENGE benefit on Friday, June 21, 2019 at the Evanston Golf Club in Skokie.
This year’s benefit honored the members of Turning Point’s Young Professional Friends group: Krisha Arnold, Sarah Bendix, Nathan Dykes, Ron Harlow, Keith Kaplan, Alison Leipsiger, Jenna Levinson, Emily Bates Schnaper, and Catherine Watkins.
Ann Fisher Raney, Turning Point CEO, introduced the evening’s honorees. “The Young Professional Friends group is comprised of nine young people who share a commitment to Turning Point. They are skilled professionals, compassionate and creative souls, and we are thrilled to honor them. The YPF is a relatively new group, but it has taken off with a bang, sponsoring events that have introduced Turning Point to new friends. The YPF identifies itself as a social and purposeful team, making an immediate impact by supporting life-saving services for those in need.”
Ash-har Quraishi of NBC5 Chicago News served as emcee for this 50th anniversary event. “We are deeply grateful to this year’s emcee, Ash-har Quraishi, and we welcome him to our Turning Point family,” said Raney who praised Quraishi for his “ethical reporting that allows us to keep up with a very complicated world.”
The benefit was generously sponsored by Wellness Sponsor NorthShore University HealthSystem. Resilience Level Sponsors included Byline Bank and Porte Brown LLC.
The benefit was a sold-out success raising approximately $150,000 which will support the many programs at Turning Point. Guests enjoyed live music, both live and silent auctions, a raffle, and dinner. Featured in the auction were exciting destination packages to Portugal, France, Switzerland, Orlando, and Exuma, as well as a host of other exciting packages. Turning Point was pleased to welcome auctioneer David A. Goodman, Founder and President of Auction Results, LLC to lead the live auction.
The funds raised at the benefit will support Turning Point’s commitment to expert, affordable, and compassionate mental health care. The Turning Point team of 55 clinicians and administrative staff provide care to both children and adults. In the most recent fiscal year, Turning Point provided care to approximately 1,300 individuals from throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.