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2012 Rosecrance Foundation Benefit


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.

We are sorry but registration for this event is now closed.

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Region’s best chefs step up to help teens at ‘Cooking Up Hope’ benefit

NAPERVILLE – Chefs from 12 great Chicagoland restaurants and a local independent grocer volunteered their talents for a chef’s tasting Sunday, Oct. 2, at Naperville Country Club. Proceeds from the event, which drew more than 200 people, will help area teens get addiction treatment at Rosecrance in Rockford.

This was the second year for Cooking Up Hope, which last year raised more than $40,000 to help families in need of financial assistance for treatment expenses. The Rosecrance Foundation every year provides an estimated $350,000 in charity care to families who do not have insurance or personal resources to pay for treatment.

Restaurants and businesses participating in Cooking Up Hope, a fundraiser for The Rosecrance Foundation, were, in alphabetical order: Casey’s Foods; Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House; Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus; Hyatt Regency Chicago; Ivy; Kuma’s Asian Bistro; Labriola Bakery Café; Naperville Country Club; SugarToad; Tasso’s Greek Cuisine; Vie; Yerbabuena Mexican Cuisine; and Zak’s Place.

Eight of the 12 participating restaurants were part of the event last year.

“We are so grateful to these chefs for giving their time to help teens in trouble,” said Philip W. Eaton, President/CEO of Rosecrance. “We couldn’t do this event without them, and it is so gratifying that they believe in this cause. They graciously share their time and talent because they realize that the event is all about hope for families.”

Almost 65 percent of the people who receive inpatient treatment at Rosecrance come from Chicago and the collar counties, Eaton said. That number has steadily increased in recent years. So has the number of families in need of financial assistance for treatment.

“We are grateful, too, to all the people who sponsored this event and purchased tickets,” Eaton said. “By doing so, they are changing and saving the lives of people who live in their own communities.”

Guests had the opportunity to chat with the chefs as each one prepared a dish on the spot. The event featured a silent auction, along with remarks by celebrity emcee David “Kap” Kaplan and others about Rosecrance’s important work in the field of addiction treatment.

Cooking Up Hope was established in 2010 by the Rosecrance Foundation’s Chicago Board, whose members live in Chicago and the suburbs. Kaplan, the voice of sports in Chicago, serves on the board. Kaplan’s work has been featured on WGN, in the Chicago Tribune and on Comcast SportsNet, ESPN, Cablevision SportsChannel, and other media venues.

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.

The organization offers free screenings and assessments at five satellite offices in the Chicago area. Those sites are in Naperville, Lincoln Park, Northfield, Frankfort and Geneva. In addition, Rosecrance offers an intensive outpatient program for adolescents at the Frankfort location. Rosecrance frequently sponsors workshops and prevention and early intervention classes in the Chicago area.

Rosecrance Cooking Up Hope event set for Oct. 2 in Naperville

Cooking Up Hope 2011 - Naperville


Cooking Up Hope
A tasting of culinary delights from the best restaurants and chefs in the western suburbs, featuring celebrity host David Kaplan.


Enjoy the cuisine of these great restaurants:
Casey's Foods
Hugo's Frog Bar and Fish House
Hyatt Lodge at McDonald's Campus
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Kuma's Asian Bistro
Labriola Bakery Cafe
Naperville Country Club
Tasso's Greek Cuisine
Yerbabuena Mexican Cuisine
Zak's Place


Tickets are $125. Proceeds from this event will provide charity care to help area youth and their families who seek substance abuse treatment at Rosecrance.


We are sorry but registration for this event is now closed.

Please contact us if you would like to know if spaces are still available.

Win a new Toyota Camry at Rosecrance's "Let Go, Let's Golf"

Tickets are available for the “Let Go, Let’s Golf” Rosecrance Golf Outing for Recovery on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011.

Sign in begins at 1 p.m. and shotgun start begins at 2 p.m. at Swan Hills Golf Course, 2600 Gustafson Road, Belvidere, IL 61008.

This event includes 18 holes of golf, a golf cart and a boxed lunch. Skill prizes will be awarded for longest drive, closest shot to the pin and longest putt. A new Toyota Camry will awarded to the first person to hit a hole-in-one on the 17th hole. Other prizes will be raffled.

Tickets are $60 per player or $210 per foursome. Space is limited. Proceeds from this event will provide charity care to help area youth and their families who seek substance abuse treatment at Rosecrance.

For more information, please call 815-387-2572 or email Christine Nicholson.