(Chicago) Haymarket Center will host its annual Father Mac Appreciation Award Lunch, 12 Noon, Friday, November 17 at Maggiano’s in Chicago. Each year Haymarket
Center honors, with the Father Mac Appreciation Award, a dedicated public servant who is a partner in the battle to help people in their recovery from
addictions. The award, named after Haymarket’s founder, Father Ignatius McDermott, is being awarded this year to Representative and House Deputy Majority
Leader Lou Lang.
“Representative Lou Lang has helped law enforcement, healthcare professionals, insurance providers and state and local government leaders come together
to find solutions to help those in recovery and help stem the opioid crisis, thereby bringing healing and hope to those in need,” said Dr. Dan Lustig,
President and CEO of Haymarket Center. “As a member of the Illinois House’s Mental Health committee, Rep. Lang has been a longtime advocate for funding
effective ways to prevent and treat substance use disorders.”
Each year at this lunch, Haymarket honors someone who has gone above and beyond to support Haymarket Center and is a champion for treatment and funding
for those who fight this disease. 2017 Honoree Representative Lou Lang represents that service of caring through his commitment to finding alternatives
to incarceration, and working with community leaders to develop solutions and strategies to meeting the needs of those who will benefit.
Haymarket treats more than 12,000 men and women each year for substance use disorders, including the most vulnerable and underserved of our fellow citizens.
For the last decade Haymarket has been waging an even greater battle against the heroin epidemic – of which Chicago is an epicenter. With more than
60,000 deaths nationally predicted to occur this year as a result of the epidemic, it is a public health emergency that afflicts young, old, suburban,
rural and urban individuals and families.
“This year, Haymarket’s board unanimously decided to bestow the Father Mac Award on our champion, Representative Lou Lang, and include additional awards
recognizing those who work on the front lines every day in this fight. The need continues to grow and without the support of legislators like Lou Lang
and those individuals we honor at this year’s lunch, we could not stem the tide that continues every day,” said Lustig.
Karen Reid, a Trustee at Rush Medical Center is being presented with Haymarket’s Visionary Award. Ms. Reid’s work through the Rush nursing program at Haymarket
has helped thousands of individuals gain greater access to healthcare and needed medicines. Joel Nickson, owner and chef of Wishbone restaurants, is
being presented with the Volunteer of the Year Award for his tireless assistance to Haymarket over many years. Both of these volunteers and community
activists have helped Haymarket Center meet their need for greater investment in programs and opportunities for those individuals in recovery.
Irika Sargent, the Evening Anchor of CBS 2 Chicago, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for a third year. Ms. Sargent is a proponent of Haymarket Center,
having learned first-hand about its more than 30 evidence based programs. Ms. Sargent is a vocal supporter of the deep importance of Haymarket’s work
and its value to the community and has a strong understanding of the struggle for consistent funding and concern over access to care.
Despite the grim statistics of the epidemic, there is much to be hopeful about. Haymarket has been successful in the battle against addictions because
it is driven by meeting clients’ identified needs; its comprehensive approach to recovery; chronic disease management; data-based program efficacy;
and programmatic outcomes that drive system change. Haymarket’s services include community-based behavioral health programs that are gender responsive,
culturally appropriate, and population specific. Within its three-building, six-story campus, Haymarket provides substance use disorder and recovery
treatment onsite, including detoxification, residential, outpatient, and recovery homes.
The mission of Haymarket Center, founded in 1975, is to aid people with substance use disorders in their recovery by providing comprehensive behavioral
Haymarket Center invites everyone to join us in raising awareness and investing in programs that make a difference in people’s lives.
If you know someone who needs help or to learn more about Haymarket Center, visit www.HCenter.org. Haymarket Center will be promoting
Giving Tuesday, Tuesday, November 28.
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