Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center hosted its annual RISING TO THE CHALLENGE benefit on Friday, June 15, 2018 at the Evanston Golf Club in Skokie, Illinois. This year’s benefit honored Sara Moscato Howe, CEO of the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health.Mary Ann Ahern of NBC5 Chicago News served as emcee for the event.
"This year's honoree, Sara Moscato Howe, has proven herself to be an exceptional leader in the mental health field,” said Ann Fisher Raney, Turning Point CEO. “Her tireless commitment to her work is perfectly in keeping with our benefit theme of Rising to the Challenge.”
“We are also deeply grateful to this year’s emcee, Mary Ann Ahern,” said Raney. “As a member of this community, she is familiar with the work that Turning Point does and her support is deeply appreciated. Mary Ann is a distinguished journalist and her awareness of human rights and health issues link perfectly with our mission to provide solid support.”
The benefit raised over $190,000, a record-breaking total for the event, which will go towards supporting the many programs at Turning Point. Guests enjoyed live music, both live and silent auctions, a raffle, a dinner, and a "Wellness Tips" station where guests shared personal tips on how to stay happy, healthy and resilient.
The benefit was generously sponsored by Allergan, BDO, First Bank & Trust, Lundbeck LLC, Porte Brown LLC, Rush University College of Nursing, and the Walsh & Roberts Families.
Featured in the live and silent auctions were exciting destination packages to Tuscany, Switzerland, New England and Napa, as well as an extraordinary private tour of Wilco’s rehearsal loft / recording studio with Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. Turning Point was pleased to welcome auctioneer David A. Goodman, Founder and President of Auction Results, to lead this year’s live auction.
The funds raised at the benefit will support Turning Point’s commitment to expert, affordable, and compassionate mental health care. Severe state budget cuts for mental health services have made providing care ever more challenging. Turning Point celebrates everyone whose support has helped make continued access to mental health services possible.
The Turning Point staff of approximately 70 clinicians and administrative staff provide care to both children and adults. In the most recent fiscal year, Turning Point provided care to over 1,300 individuals from throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.