Our Second Annual Fundraising Gala

On November 2nd of 2018, Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center will hold our Second Annual Gala Fundraising Event at the historic Drake Hotel in downtown Chicago, in their exquisite restaurant and banquet hall known as The Gold Coast Ballroom. By any standard, whatsoever, the event will be a smashing success and we need your support in raising enough operating capital for at least six solid months of Above and Beyond operations while, at the same time, honoring the homeless and poverty-stricken substance abusers we serve who are working harder than they're ever worked just to keep their heads above water. Please help us to help them in restoring their birthright abilities to become navigators of their own destinies. It is our mission to guide them down their own, unique paths back to the discovery and fulfillment of their purposes and destinies, which can only be accomplished clean and sober!

We urge everyone who reads this to help us build our base of support so that our upcoming event, 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 this inspired fight of love.

GUEST SPEAKER: Christopher Kennedy Lawford

Christopher Kennedy Lawford spent 20 years in the film and television industries as an actor, lawyer, executive, and producer. He is the author of three New York Times best-selling books, Symptoms of Withdrawl: A Memoir of Snapshots and Redemption (2005), Moments of Clarity (2009) and Recover to Live (2013). He has also published Healing Hepatitis C (2009) and What Addicts Know (2014). In October 2016 Mr. Lawford released his latest book When Your Partner has an Addiction.

In recovery for more than 30 years, Mr. Lawford campaigns tirelessly on behalf of the recovery community in both the public and private sectors. He works with the United Nations, the Canadian Center on Substance Abuse, the White House Office on National Drug Control Policy, and the World Health Organization. He also consults with Fortune 500 companies, numerous non-profit groups and treatment providers, speaking around the world on issues related to addiction, mental health, and hepatitis C. Recently Mr. Lawford has focused his advocacy on the need to build a world of recovery by developing tools, content and community that enable those recovering from addiction to realize an enhanced, productive and meaningful life.

In 2009, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Mr. Lawford to the California Public Health Advisory Committee. In 2011, Mr. Lawford was named Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime to promote supporting drug treatment, care and recovery.

Mr. Lawford holds a bachelor of arts from Tufts University, a juris doctor from Boston College Law School and a Masters certification in clinical psychology from Harvard Medical School, where he held an academic appointment as a lecturer in psychiatry. He is a member of the prominent Kennedy family, and son of actor Peter Lawford.

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.

Fundraising Gala Photos

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