Nearly 300 hundred people filled the Oak Park Country Club as Family Service & Mental Health Center of Oak Park & River Forest presented Fran and Moe Sullivan with the Rita Johnson Humanitarian Award on April 29 at the agency's annual spring benefit, "Bridging the Gap to Mental Wellness."
The Sullivans have served Family Service in a variety of roles over the years, giving their time and talent to further the mission of the agency.
Event committee co-chair Sherlynn Reid said, "It is a privilege to have been a part of such a wonderful event, and to be able to pay tribute to the Sullivans and all that they have done for Family Service."
Karen Johnson Lankisch, daughter of Rita Johnson, and D. Clancy, a friend of the Sullivans, presented the award.
"We are honored to receive an award named after such a tremendous person as Rita Johnson," said Fran, as she accepted the award with husband Moe.
A highlight of the evening was the auction of artwork created by international and local artists, including a watercolor by Fran.
The event was a tremendous success, raising over $68,000 for Family Service's programs.
The Rita Johnson Humanitarian Award was established in 1988 to keep alive the memory of past board member Johnson, an extremely principled woman who displayed strength and dignity throughout her life and worked quietly, yet tenaciously, to move Family Service forward to meet the changing needs of the community.
Daniel Kill, president and CEO, spoke about Family Service's essential role as a mental healthcare provider in the communities the agency serves. "By meeting mental healthcare needs and making treatment more accessible, we ourselves become a bridge to mental wellness," he said.