2022 Illuminating Wellness Luncheon

Chicago History Museum

Thursday, May 26

11AM to 1PM

Live Stream 12-1PM

Gateway Foundation's annual benefit welcomes 200 civic and sector leaders, donors, alumni and other stakeholders for a mocktail reception and a healthy luncheon in the Chicago History Museum’s beautiful Elizabeth Morse ballroom.

A livestream allows remote attendees to view the program and participate in the hybrid auction and fund a need appeal to support holistic approaches to treatment and recovery.

Comic performer, writer and producer John Lehr, who has lived in recovery for 25+ years, emcees. You may recognize John, who was the original caveman in the Geico ads.

Come early or stay after to visit the Chicago History Museum, including the new Treasured Ten exhibit.

2022 Honorees

Blaze Advocacy Awards 

Recognize individuals who advocate tirelessly for equitable, accessible substance use disorder and mental health treatment in the communities we serve. 

IL State Senate President, Don Harmon, 36th District, Oak Park

IL Rep. Barbara Hernandez, 83rd District, Aurora

Incandescence Humanitarian Award

Recognizes individuals and organizations whose visionary and transformative support ensures Gateway's future.

Gaylen & Joanne Larson

The Larson Illumination Center

A generous bequest from the Larson Family in 2021, in conjunction with a multi-year capital campaign, have allowed Gateway to embark on the creation of a state of the art health and wellness center and healing garden at its flagship treatment campus in Lake Villa, Illinois.  

This multi-purpose center and gardens are designed to promote connection with nature and facilities for holistic treatment options including yoga, art therapy, meditation, and cooking, as well as group classes, community gatherings, and client and alumni art exhibits and connecting access ot the existing gymnasium. Major capital upgrades to the existing facility and gym will enhance physical programming and activity. Universal design principles remove accessibility barriers for using the full space and participating in activities.

MKB Architects and Pamela Self Landscape Architecture lead the design and Executive Construction executes the build of this beautiful enhancement to Gateway's northern Illinois flagship location.

Host Committee

Julie Brady,  Mary Cesare-Murphy, John Corrigan,  Tomas del Rio,  Gregg Dockins,  John Drevs,  Teresa Garate PhD,  Helen Kwan,  Arla Lach,  Dan Molitor,  Elio Montenegro,  NAMI, Roueen Rafeyan MD,  Jean Range, France Pitera, Larry Singer & Maureen Richnak, Andy & Maria Smith,  Patricia Sanchez-Aitken,  TASC, Marc C. Turner,  Ivy Walker

About Gateway Foundation


Gateway Foundaiton is a national nonprofit committed to reducing substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health challenges with effective and efficent treatment programs.


The leading cause of death for Americans under 50 today is overdose. The New York Times has dubbed the COVID-19 pandemic a “national relapse trigger”. Over 100,000 deaths
were related to drug overdose between April 2020 - April 2021 according to preliminary data from the CDC; the highest number of deaths ever recorded in a 12-month period. 

Uncertain times combined with social isolation have taken an an immense toll on people with substance use disorders and related mental health challenges the past two years. Investment in treatment and recovery is a major public health concern.


In 2021, Gateway served over 15,000 clients in over 16 Illinois communities, another 2,300 via its "gateway connect" virtual recovery community, and thousands more across the country through its corrections division. In all, Gateway served 36,827 indivudals across 8 states last year. 

Gateway 50 Years Strong