Haymarket Center Celebrates Second Annual Gala

Haymarket Center’s 2023 Gala was an incredible success that raised more than half a million dollars for treatment programs at the Center. The event brought together more than 480 supporters for an evening that featured inspirational remarks from organization leadership, a former patient, honorees, and our keynote speaker, Elizabeth Vargas.     

Haymarket Center organizes its gala each year to support the thousands of men, women, and children who depend on our services to live a life free from substance use disorders. Shontae, a former patient, shared his personal experience and journey to recovery that has led him back to North Carolina to pursue his bachelor’s degree. You can view Shontae’s story here.                                 

Celebrity Keynote speaker Elizabeth Vargas shared her own stories about struggling with alcohol use disorder and anxiety and the details of her recovery journey, while honorees Governor J.B. Pritzker, President and CEO of the National Council for Mental Wellbeing Chuck Ingoglia, and CBS Chicago anchor Irika Sargent thanked Haymarket Center for its role in treating substance use disorders in Chicago and beyond.

“For nearly fifty years, Haymarket Center has served the people of Chicago with quality and holistic substance use and mental health services, recognizing the importance of person-centered, community-based approaches at every turn,” said Governor Pritzker in his acceptance speech for the Father Mac Appreciation Award. “Haymarket Center is the gold standard of behavioral healthcare organizations.”

Thank you to everyone who supported the 2023 Haymarket Gala. Special thanks to Master of Ceremonies Irika Sargent, Event Chair Richard Price, Co-Chairs Tanya Davis and Heather Way Kitzes, and the gala committee.

View photos of the gala

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