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Turning Point honors Schakowsky at benefit

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Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center celebrated its 45th year of service with a sold out benefit honoring U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Evanston Friday night.

Over 200 people attended the event at the Westmoreland Country Club in Wilmette.

Event supporters included former Evanston Mayor Lorraine Morton and Illinois State Senator Daniel Biss.

Former Evanston mayor Lorraine Morton with State Sen. Daniel Biss.

Schakowsky said, “The remarkable work Turning Point does on a daily basis has become an invaluable resource to help shape policy."

"Through programs like ‘The Living Room.' which helps avoid costly emergency room visits," she said, "I have learned how important it is for everyone to have access to quality mental health care in a supportive and therapeutic environment."

Additional honorees include First Bank & Trust Managing Director Jay Lytle of Evanston, Turning Point Therapist Julie Rooney and Shure, Inc. Senior Software Manager and Electrical Engineer Paul Rooney of Chicago.

Jay and Bonnie Lytle. (Photos by Mitch Canoff.)

“We are so pleased to be celebrating 45 years of service,” said Turning Point CEO Ann Fisher Raney. “Turning Point’s goal is to provide expert support to people during some of the most difficult times of their lives and the funds raised at tonight’s event will help us continue to meet those needs and help us expand as well! This support will help us to continue our efforts to create an integrative health care center, where clients can access a variety of services and find support and hope. We are delighted to have shared such a wonderful evening with our colleagues and friends.”

Update 6/24/14 7:05 p.m.: The event raised more than $76,000.

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