Our First Annual Fundraising Gala

On November 10th of 2017, Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center held our “First Annual Gala Fundraising Event” at the Art Institute of Chicago, in their exquisite restaurant and banquet hall known as Terzo Piano. By any standard, whatsoever, the event was a smashing success and not only raised enough operating capital for four solid months of Above and Beyond operations, but elevated our profile into a mainstream of caring, giving hearts that we believe will provide a solid, sustainable foundation for our future and the clean and sober futures of those we serve.

Framed by Co-Chairs Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of the City of Chicago, and the Honorable Bruce Rauner, Governor of the Great State of Illinois, Bryan Cressey, Founder, was able to share his deepest convictions about why he decided to put a FREE addiction clinic into a questionable area of town and turn it into “the most innovative addiction treatment centers in the United States, and perhaps the world.” Culminating a delicious dinner, a very successful silent auction, and a miraculously productive paddle raise, the 220+ attendees took advantage of the open bar, the music of DJ Kareem and enjoyed themselves until the museum hours forced us to reluctantly end our night of magical merriment.

We urge everyone who reads this to help us build our base of support so that our event next year, our Second Annual Fundraising Gala, will be even more successful than the first. It is only in this way, with your support, that we can continue to offer "the most innovative treatment modalities available anywhere" AT NO CHARGE! Please join us, and support our fight against the ravages of addiction and the destruction that it can wreak on the bodies, minds, and environments of those it targets. We believe in self-determination and empowering those who decide they don’t want to remain victims to the dark, cold, soulless clutches of addiction. But we need your help, in any way, in any form, and at all times, to help us fight the good fight.

Fundraising Gala Photos

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Sabrina S. Above and Beyond Member

“Above and Beyond is a place where I can come to when I have no place to go, a place that will allow me to speak my mind no matter what, and a place where I can feel free to talk about my pain, my hurts, and my beliefs.”

George C. Above and Beyond Member
“Above and Beyond is a place that allows me to see the exit from my addiction and get back to my real identity and a loving, caring, hard working man.”
Durell W. Above and Beyond Alumni

“I am an alumni member at Above and Beyond and I still come to see my family here at least three times per month. I love it at Above and Beyond. This place has made me a better man and a better thinker.”

Amonte D. Above and Beyond Member

“Above and Beyond has changed my life and helped me to stay sober. This is a great program!”

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