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Rosecrance Foundation Benefit celebrates recovery and ‘100 Years of Changing Lives’

Redux Jazz Orchestra performs at the 2016 Rosecrance Foundation Benefit.

Redux Jazz Orchestra performs at the 2016 Rosecrance Foundation Benefit.

Rosecrance kicked off its 100th anniversary celebration in style Monday with music and stories of hope at the annual Rosecrance Foundation Benefit.

Vintage-style musicians Redux Jazz Orchestra performed to a sold-out crowd of more than 800 guests at the event, held April 25 at Giovanni’s Restaurant & Convention Center. The benefit helps families who need financial assistance for behavioral health treatment services.

Redux Jazz Orchestra performs at the 2016 Rosecrance Foundation Benefit.

Redux Jazz Orchestra performs at the 2016 Rosecrance Foundation Benefit.

The benefit also included presentation of The Castle Award, Rosecrance’s pinnacle honor, to Rockford landscape architect John Cook, a longtime supporter of the organization. Rosecrance President/CEO Philip W. Eaton recognized Cook for “using his green thumb for good” to help clients and their families heal physically and spiritually.

Cook is the owner of John R. Cook Associates, an award-winning landscape design firm. He offered valuable assistance in the landscaping of the Rosecrance Harrison Campus in 1995 and during the early 2000s as Rosecrance built the Griffin Williamson Campus on University Drive. Cook also has served as a Rosecrance board member for more than 20 years.

Rosecrance Board Member John Cook gives his acceptance speech of the Castle Award at the 2016 Rosecrance Foundation Benefit.

Rosecrance Board Member John Cook gives his acceptance speech of the Castle Award at the 2016 Rosecrance Foundation Benefit.

“John’s guidance over two decades has helped Rosecrance create beautiful natural spaces where clients can heal with dignity,” Eaton said. “His work has stood the test of time, and his service to Rosecrance reflects the values of his life, his faith and his love of family and community.”

The annual benefit is Rosecrance’s key fundraiser. Attendees enjoyed a retrospective video of the organization’s 100-year history set to the tune of “This Little Light of Mine” and success stories of Rosecrance alumni highlighted in a video titled, “A Happy Birthday.” Illinois Representatives Brian Stewart and John Cabello and Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey read proclamations honoring Rosecrance’s centennial.

Proceeds from the event go to The Kinley Charity Care Fund, which has raised more than $7 million to help families since the fund was established in 1984. Last year, the Kinley Fund provided more than $568,000 in treatment services.

Anne Boccignone, Rosecrance’s vice president of communications and development, expressed gratitude for the generosity of benefactors in the community who support the benefit.

“We are so grateful to our donors who are the link to hope for hundreds of families each year who walk through our doors needing help,” Boccignone said.

New basketball court dedicated at Rosecrance Hillman House

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Nate Whinnery, Recovery Home Supervisor, speaks with Dick and Marianne Drogosz and their daughter Susan Lefaivre near the new basketball court at the Hillman House.

The Drogosz family enjoyed a visit June 5 to Rosecrance Hillman House to see a new basketball court built in part thanks to their generous donation.

Dick and Marianne Drogosz and their daughter, Susan Lefaivre, attended a dedication ceremony for the court at the house, a substance abuse recovery home for teenage and young adult males in Rockford.

Dick and Marianne Drogosz and their daughter Susan Lefaivre attended a dedication ceremony for the new basketball court at the Hillman House.

Dick and Marianne Drogosz and their daughter Susan Lefaivre attended a dedication ceremony for the new basketball court at the Hillman House.

The donation was a grant from the John M. Drogosz Youth Substance Abuse Prevention/Treatment Memorial Fund through the Freeport Community Foundation. The fund was established in December 2010 by Dick and Marianne to honor the memory of their son.

The fund aims to help nonprofit organizations with educational, prevention and/or treatment of substance abuse programs focused on helping youth ages 21 and younger.

Several other groups donated to the basketball court project, including the Try-Beta Club, a Rockford service organization that has supported Rosecrance for nearly 40 years.

Dick, Marianne and Susan chatted with and enjoyed refreshments with Hillman residents. They also toured Hillman and watched some of the boys play basketball on the new court.

“We can’t thank you enough for your support for Rosecrance,” Anne Boccignone, Rosecrance’s vice president of development, said at the dedication event. “We appreciate all you have done for Rosecrance over the years. We know you understand the challenges presented by addiction and the important role that physical activity can play in recovery.”

Rosecrance boards welcome new chairs, members

Rosecrance Health Network Board Chair Jeffrey C. DiBenedetto

Rosecrance Health Network Board Chair Jeffrey C. DiBenedetto

Rosecrance has announced several changes on its boards of directors, including the appointment of new chairs for both the Rosecrance Health Network (RHN) Board and the Foundation board.

Jeffrey C. DiBenedetto, executive vice president of DiBenedetto & Associates, has been named to lead the RHN Board. Lisa Lindman, vice president of CBro Development, will chair the Rosecrance Foundation Board.

Both are seasoned members of Rosecrance boards who have worked under the outgoing chairs. DiBenedetto succeeds Thomas C. Furst, who has chaired the RHN Board for eight years. Lindman follows John Griffin, who served eight years at the helm of the Foundation, the organization’s fundraising group, which also oversees the endowment accounts.

Furst will continue to serve on the RHN and Foundation boards, and Griffin continues on the Foundation board.

DiBenedetto said he is honored to lead the organization’s governing board. He has served on the Foundation Board for seven years and joined the RHN Board three years ago.

“I am proud to be involved with an organization that helps children and adults deal with some of the toughest issues around,” DiBenedetto said. “The staff we have is the best of the best. We are dedicated to care and to producing positive outcomes and changing lives.”

Rosecrance Foundation Board Chair Lisa Lindman

Rosecrance Foundation Board Chair Lisa Lindman

Lindman has served on the Foundation Board at various points in recent years. She returns in the leadership role during a period of rapid growth for the organization.

 “The intricacies of substance abuse treatment and mental health care are intertwined,” she said. “By serving both populations, we are reaching a much broader community and making a more profound difference.

“I am honored to be a part of an organization that helps so many individuals overcome obstacles that prevent them from leading healthy, productive lives.”

In addition, Rosecrance has announced three new members on the Rosecrance Foundation Board. Bill LaFever, president of Doran Wholesalers, and Laura Rosecrance were named to the Foundation’s Rockford Board. Mary Cesare-Murphy, retired executive director of the Behavioral Health Care Accreditation program for The Joint Commission, has joined the Foundation’s Chicago Board.

Rosecrance hosts Cooking Up Hope in Naperville

Guests at Cooking Up Hope, held Sunday, Sept. 30, at Naperville Country Club, enjoy the Lobster Bisque with Crab prepared by Chef Massimo Salatino from Francesca’s Passaggio in Naperville.

On Sunday, Sept. 30, Rosecrance hosted Cooking Up Hope at the Naperville Country Club in Naperville. The chef’s tasting, which attracted about 200 people, raised money to help teens obtain substance abuse treatment in Rockford.

This was the third year for the event, which included participation from Casey’s Foods; Francesca’s; Grandma Toste’s; Heaven on Seven;  Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House; Hyatt Regency Chicago; Ivy; Kuma’s Asian Bistro; Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria; Naperville Country Club; Tasso’s Greek Cuisine; Yerbabuena Mexican Cuisine. In addition to the chef’s tasting, “Cooking Up Hope” also included a silent auction, a door prize and music from harpist Nicole Luchs.

Cooking Up Hope was established in 2010 by the Rosecrance Foundation’s Chicago Board, whose members live in Chicago and the suburbs. Rosecrance is the largest provider of inpatient adolescent drug treatment in the state of Illinois. The organization also offers addiction treatment for adults and recovery homes for teens and adults.

 

In the news: Thank you from Rosecrance Chairman John Griffin

John Griffin, Chairman of the Rosecrance Board of Directors, thanked the community for their generous support in a letter to editor in the May 12, 2012, edition of the Rockford Register Star.

Griffin wrote:

On behalf of The Rosecrance Foundation board of directors, I wish to express appreciation to everyone who helped make our annual benefit a huge success. Thanks to many generous benefactors, we raised almost $500,000 to serve clients with substance use and mental health disorders. Specifically, the 830 people who attended our benefit on April 16 supported The Kinley Charity Care Fund, which has provided more than $6 million in care since 1984 to families in need of financial assistance for treatment.

Your generous support translates into treatment, and treatment equals lives changed and saved. It is not easy for individuals or families in need of mental health or substance abuse services to reach out for help. The journey toward recovery is made so much smoother when caring people extend such extraordinary support and understanding.

The board of directors also wishes to congratulate one of our own, Jerry Paris, who received the Castle Award at this year’s banquet. The award honors an individual or family for extraordinary commitment and stellar service to the Rosecrance mission of help, hope and recovery. Jerry exemplifies these ideals.

Thanks again to this community for believing in and supporting the Rosecrance mission.

Read the complete article from the Rockford Register Star here.

Video: Rosecrance's Jerry Paris accepts the 2012 Castle Award

The 2012 Castle Award was presented to a former Board chairman with nearly 20 years experience at Rosecrance.

Jerry Paris, who joined the Rosecrance Board of Directors in 1993 and was chairman in 2002, is the recipient of the award, which was announced at the 2012 Rosecrance Foundation Benefit on April 14. Presenting the award were Rosecrance President/CEO Philip W. Eaton and Jean Castle, wife of the late Millard Castle and daughter-in-law of the late Clarence Castle, longtime Rosecrance board members for whom the award is named.

Paris was chairman when the decision to build an adolescent treatment center was made. His leadership during that process was invaluable and proof of his commitment to Rosecrance is evident in the lives that are changed and saved every day on that campus.

Rosecrance Foundation Benefit sets record for funds raised to serve patients in need

Jerry Paris receives Castle Award for service; Michael Cavanaugh perform

Michael Cavanaugh performs Monday, April 16, at 2012 Rosecrance Foundation Benefit. The annual event drew a record attendance of 830.

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ROCKFORD – The 2012 Rosecrance Foundation Benefit raised a record $480,000 to provide services to clients who need financial assistance for treatment of substance use and mental health disorders. The annual event also drew a record attendance of 830.

Entertainer Michael Cavanaugh and his band headlined the event on Monday, April 16, at Giovanni’s. The Benefit also featured presentation of the Castle Award to Jerry Paris, a Rockford businessman who has provided distinguished service on Rosecrance boards for almost two decades. A new video titled “Hope in Recovery,” which features Rosecrance alumni, was premiered at the event.

The annual event supports The Kinley Charity Care Fund, named for the late Verna Kinley, a former Rosecrance board member who was dedicated to the principle that no youth in need of treatment should be turned away because of a family’s inability to pay for services. Since 1984, The Kinley Fund has provided more than $6 million in care to patients.

John Griffin, chair of the Rosecrance Foundation Board of Directors, expressed gratitude for the ongoing support of corporations and individuals who make the Benefit successful. It is the organization’s main fundraising vehicle for charity care, which each year assists almost 300 families.

“We are so very grateful to everyone who supports the Benefit because they believe, as we do, in the power of every human spirit to heal,” Griffin said. “There is hope in treatment, and our event is all about helping people get the services they need, even if their financial resources are limited.

“Through their generosity, Rosecrance donors change and save the lives of people they will never meet.”

President/CEO Philip W. Eaton presented the Castle Award to Rosecrance Health Network Board Member Jerry Paris, who has helped to lead the organization in various roles for almost 20 years. Paris is a past board chair and currently leads the Foundation’s Endowment Committee.

“He has been there for us as we’ve built buildings, expanded programs and struggled to meet the needs of the most vulnerable people,” Eaton said of Paris. “He asks hard questions at the right time so that we can make the best decisions to move our mission forward and offer the best quality care.”

Paris owns several area Midas Auto Repair Centers. He founded the Rosecrance/Midas Golf Shootout in 1992 and oversaw it for a decade, during which time the event earned almost a quarter of a million dollars to support programs and services.

In addition to his work with Rosecrance, Paris has been involved in leadership at several other community agencies. He received the Crusader Community Health Spirit of Caring Award in 2007 for his deep community involvement.

The event traditionally highlights Rosecrance alumni who have been successful in recovery. A video titled “Hope in Recovery” premiered at the Benefit featuring a dozen alums speaking about their lives since treatment to help them overcome addiction.

Contact:
Judy Emerson
Director of Communications
Rosecrance Health Network
1021 N. Mulford Road
Rockford, IL 61107
815.387.5605 (office); 815.262.4685 (cell)
Email: Click here to email Judy

About Rosecrance
Rosecrance is a private not-for-profit organization offering behavioral health services for more than 14,000 children, adolescents, adults and families each year. Rosecrance provides addiction treatment through inpatient and outpatient programs in Rockford, IL, and services at six offices in Chicagoland. Rosecrance offers community mental health services in Rockford and Belvidere. The organization was founded in 1916.

Rosecrance Flower Day 2012 announced

The event is set for Thursday, May 10

Rosecrance Flower Day 2012 is set from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, at two Gensler Gardens locations. Event locations are at 8631 11th Street in New Milford and at 102 Orth Road in Loves Park.

Choose from Gensler Gardens’ entire greenhouse selection of annuals, perennials and gorgeous hanging baskets at Rosecrance Flower Day 2012. All proceeds benefit Rosecrance programs and services.

While you visit, be sure to enter out drawing for a chance to win a beautiful garnet ring, courtesy of Busch Jewelers.

Rosecrance Foundation 2012 Benefit brings back Michael Cavanaugh

Charity care event set for 6:30 p.m. April 16 at Giovanni’s

Michael Cavanaugh, who last performed at The Rosecrance Foundation Benefit in 2008, returns to headline the 2012 benefit on April 16.

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ROCKFORD – Rock ‘n’ roll sensation Michael Cavanaugh returns to the city on April 16 to headline the annual Rosecrance Foundation Benefit, which raises funds to serve clients who need financial assistance for substance abuse and mental health treatment.

The theme for the 2012 event is “Encore for Recovery,” marking both Cavanaugh’s return to the stage at Giovanni’s and the return of several Rosecrance alumni to tell their stories of hope. Some of these former patients have spoken at previous Benefits.

The event is set for 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $175 each or $1,500 for a table of 10. Sponsorships are still available. Buy tickets online here.

Backed by his band, the Tony- and Grammy-nominated Cavanaugh will present a program titled, “The Songs of Elton John and More.” A high-energy pianist and singer, Cavanaugh is being called the “New Voice of the Rock and Roll Songbook” for performances that pay tribute to the best songs of the genre. Since his successful run on Broadway in the hit musical “Movin’ Out,” Cavanaugh has been on tour performing sell-out programs with the nation’s premier symphonies.

Lynne Vass, Sr. VP of Development for Rosecrance, said Cavanaugh put on a stellar performance at the 2008 Rosecrance Benefit, prompting many regular attendees to ask for an encore.

“He is an enormously talented and engaging artist, and he understands our mission,” Vass said. “He was a big hit four years ago when he visited the adolescent campus in the afternoon to meet and sing for the kids. Then, he wowed the Benefit audience in the evening.”

The goal of the annual Foundation Benefit is to support The Kinley Charity Care Fund. The fund provides care for adolescents and adults whose families need financial help for treatment of substance use and/or mental health disorders.

Last year, The Kinley Fund provided a record amount of financial assistance to families seeking treatment for a loved one. The fund offered more than $425,000 in care to 262 adolescent and adult patients.

John Griffin, chairman of the Foundation Board, expressed gratitude for the generosity of benefactors in the community who support The Kinley Fund through the Benefit.

“Thousands of families have been helped through the years and many lives have been saved and permanently changed because of caring people in this community,” Griffin said.“With our troubled economy still creating pressure on families, the need is greater than ever. I’m confident that the amount of support will be greater than ever, as well.”

Since The Kinley Fund was established in 1984, it has provided almost $5 million in charity care to patients.

Each year, the Benefit features a gourmet meal, first-class entertainment and Stories of Hope from former Rosecrance patients. Also, a friend of Rosecrance will receive the Castle Award this year to recognize his or her outstanding service to the organization. The award is named for the late Clarence and Millard Castle, a father and son whose combined service to the Rosecrance board totaled more than 100 years. The 2012 Castle Award recipient has not been announced.

For information about tickets or sponsorships, call Lynne Vass at 815.387.5602 or email her here.

Contact:
Judy Emerson
Director of Communications
Rosecrance Health Network
1021 N. Mulford Road
Rockford, IL 61107
815.387.5605 (office); 815.262.4685 (cell)
Email: Click here to email Judy

About Rosecrance
Rosecrance is a private not-for-profit organization offering behavioral health services for more than 14,000 children, adolescents, adults and families each year. Rosecrance provides addiction treatment through inpatient and outpatient programs in Rockford, IL, and services at six offices in Chicagoland. Rosecrance offers community mental health services in Rockford and Belvidere. The organization was founded in 1916.

2012 Rosecrance Foundation Benefit

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ROCKFORD – Rock ‘n’ roll sensation Michael Cavanaugh returns to the city on April 16 to headline the annual Rosecrance Foundation Benefit, which raises funds to serve clients who need financial assistance for substance abuse and mental health treatment.

The theme for the 2012 event is “Encore for Recovery,” marking both Cavanaugh’s return to the stage at Giovanni’s and the return of several Rosecrance alumni to tell their stories of hope. Some of these former patients have spoken at previous Benefits.

The event is set for 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $175 each or $1,500 for a table of 10. Sponsorships are still available. Buy tickets online here.

Backed by his band, the Tony- and Grammy-nominated Cavanaugh will present a program titled, “The Songs of Elton John and More.” A high-energy pianist and singer, Cavanaugh is being called the “New Voice of the Rock and Roll Songbook” for performances that pay tribute to the best songs of the genre. Since his successful run on Broadway in the hit musical “Movin’ Out,” Cavanaugh has been on tour performing sell-out programs with the nation’s premier symphonies.

Lynne Vass, Sr. VP of Development for Rosecrance, said Cavanaugh put on a stellar performance at the 2008 Rosecrance Benefit, prompting many regular attendees to ask for an encore.

“He is an enormously talented and engaging artist, and he understands our mission,” Vass said. “He was a big hit four years ago when he visited the adolescent campus in the afternoon to meet and sing for the kids. Then, he wowed the Benefit audience in the evening.”

The goal of the annual Foundation Benefit is to support The Kinley Charity Care Fund. The fund provides care for adolescents and adults whose families need financial help for treatment of substance use and/or mental health disorders.

Last year, The Kinley Fund provided a record amount of financial assistance to families seeking treatment for a loved one. The fund offered more than $425,000 in care to 262 adolescent and adult patients.

John Griffin, chairman of the Foundation Board, expressed gratitude for the generosity of benefactors in the community who support The Kinley Fund through the Benefit.

“Thousands of families have been helped through the years and many lives have been saved and permanently changed because of caring people in this community,” Griffin said.“With our troubled economy still creating pressure on families, the need is greater than ever. I’m confident that the amount of support will be greater than ever, as well.”

Since The Kinley Fund was established in 1984, it has provided almost $5 million in charity care to patients.

Each year, the Benefit features a gourmet meal, first-class entertainment and Stories of Hope from former Rosecrance patients. Also, a friend of Rosecrance will receive the Castle Award this year to recognize his or her outstanding service to the organization. The award is named for the late Clarence and Millard Castle, a father and son whose combined service to the Rosecrance board totaled more than 100 years. The 2012 Castle Award recipient has not been announced.

For information about tickets or sponsorships, call Lynne Vass at 815.387.5602 or email her here.

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