May 15, 2019 | 5:00 PM

Hilton, Chicago | 720 S. Michigan Avenue | 
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The Evening

Schedule of Affairs

5:00 PM | Cocktail Reception

6:00 PM | Program, Dinner, and Service Auction

*Discounted self-parking is available for $31 at the Hilton Garage (enter the garage on Wabash Avenue or Balbo Street).

Valet is available for $42.

The Speakers

Ignite and Inspire!

This year’s gala promises to be a night to remember as we welcome incredibly moving, fast-paced, and powerful stories of loss and love, trauma and triumph, devastation and redemption, from these talented and heartfelt speakers.

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Travis Atkinson

Travis has spent the past 15 years serving individuals suffering with mental illness, addiction, homelessness, and unemployment. He empowers people through skill-development and recovery-oriented education as a consultant with TBD Solutions in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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James Wallace

James received his Bachelor of Social Work 22 years after attending his first college class. Major depressive disorder and considerable family struggles kept pulling his studies and his life off track. James found Hope and a new focus for his life from the seeds of a family crisis. He is now a lead trainer with ACH Child and Family Services in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Mei-Ling Hoshing

Like many of her classmates, Mei-Ling became an activist after surviving the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida. Just over a year ago, the shooting took the lives of 17 of her classmates and teachers. She has taken her call for gun control to audiences on local and national platforms, including the United Nations.

Our Honorees

Pamela Buffett
President | Rebecca Susan Buffett Foundation

“You Matter” resonates with how Pamela Buffett feels about each individual; everyone has their own story. Pamela began her professional career as an elementary school teacher. She married her late husband, Fred Buffett, in 1966 and they had two beautiful daughters, Sarah and Rebecca. The Rebecca Susan Buffett Foundation was established in her youngest daughter’s memory. Through the Foundation many lives have been touched, and Pamela is extraordinarily grateful for the gift of giving. Pamela is a supporter to various causes that are dear to her heart. These include cancer research, mental health support and advocacy, educational scholarships and mentoring opportunities for inner city youth, and sponsoring at-risk youth programs across the U.S.

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U.S. Senator Dick Durbin

Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Springfield, is the 47th U.S. Senator from the state of Illinois, the state's senior senator, and the convener of Illinois' bipartisan congressional delegation. Among his many achievements, Senator Durbin has successfully advocated for legislation to improve mental health services, promote trauma-informed care, and combat prescription opioid addiction. His leadership in the creation of bills addressing substance abuse, mental health awareness, and the Affordable Care Act vastly improve the lives of those affected by mental illnesses in Illinois. 


Kimberly M. Foxx
Cook County State’s Attorney

Kimberly M. Foxx is the first African American woman to lead the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office – the second largest prosecutor’s office in the country. Kim took office with a vision for transforming the State’s Attorney’s Office into a fairer, more forward thinking agency. In her first year, Kim has undertaken substantial reform. She has revamped the office’s Conviction Integrity Unit, led in the area of bond reform, and prioritized resources away from low-level offenses. Kim also served as an Assistant State’s Attorney advocating for children navigating the child welfare system for 12 years and as the Chief of Staff for the Cook County Board President.

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Patrick Kennedy / Kennedy Forum Illinois
Former Congressman and Founder of the Kennedy Forum Illinois

While serving as Rhode Island’s First Congressional District, Patrick J. Kennedy fought to end discrimination against mental illness, addiction, and other brain diseases. Lead sponsor of the groundbreaking Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, Kennedy continues to champion the Federal Parity Law providing millions of Americans with access to mental health and addiction treatment. In 2013, he founded The Kennedy Forum, a non-profit organization leading the national dialogue on transforming mental health and addiction care by uniting mental health advocates, business leaders, and government agencies around common principles. Along with mental health advocate Peter O’Brien, President & CEO of MADO Management, LP, Patrick founded The Kennedy Forum Illinois.

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Linda Rosenberg
President and CEO | National Council for Behavioral Health

Linda Rosenberg is President and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health. Under her leadership the National Council has become the nation’s largest mental health and addiction education and advocacy association with 2,900-member organizations serving 10 million Americans. The National Council helped secure passage of the federal parity law and the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA); advanced the integration of behavioral health and primary care, leading to the creation of a Medicaid Health Home option; ensured passage of the Excellence in Mental Health Act; and introduced Mental Health First Aid in the U.S.



Benjamin Albrecht
RMB Capital

Inger Burnett-Zeigler
Northwestern University

Kathy Graham
US Bank

Frank Haywood
Matsock Insurance

Dr. Suzet McKinney
Illinois Medical District

Sharon Neal
Exelon Corporation

Sue Roberts
Board Member

Shari Slavin
Slavin & Slavin LLC




Presenting Sponsor


Platinum Sponsors

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Gold Sponsors

The Crown Family

Scott and Susan Garrett

David Herro and Jay Franke

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Roxanne and Rocco Martino


Silver Sponsors


Michael and Marianne Doan

Peggy and Steve Goulding

Ron and Marilynn Grais

The Herseth Family

Illinois Medical District

Klaff Family Foundation

MADO Healthcare Centers

Judy and David Maley

Matsock Insurance & Financial Services

The Mothkur Family

Northern Trust

Northwestern Medicine

Robert R. McCormick Foundation

Beth N. Rom-Rymer, Ph.D.

Sue and Wally Roberts

Chris and Karen Segal

Slavin & Slavin, LLC


Bronze Sponsors

Aetna Better Health of Illinois

Alight Solutions


Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen, P.C.

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Jana and Roy Barbe

Brinshore Development, LLC

Chicago Housing Authority

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Charitable Foundation

Cronin and Ziegler/Orloff Families

Joe and Joanne Dahm

Dentons US LLP

Hal and Noel D’Orazio

Elsdon Pharmacy

Estate of Elinor Miller


First Bank of Highland Park

Kathy and Jerry Graham

Heartland Health Centers


Linda and Laura Janus

Jenner & Block LLP

Mark Ishaug and Micah Krohn

Lori and Steve Kaufman

LaSalle Network

Teresa and Steven Levin

Lundbeck, LLC

Marge and Keith McClintock

The Moos Families

NAMI Chicago

Neurocrine Biosciences

Northridge Group, Inc.

Gino Pinto and Todd Mack

Dave and Tammy Randa

RMB Capital

The Schwartz Family Foundation

Seigle Family Foundation

Robert and Barbara Spencer

U.S. Bank

Dana and Steve Weinstein

Linda and Michael Welsh


If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Julia Jimenez, Manager of Special Events: julia.jimenez@thresholds.org or 773.432.6404.


Online registration for this event is now closed. If you are interested in attending, please reach out directly to Julia Jimenez, Director, Special Events: julia.jimenez@thresholds.org or 773.432.6404.