During its Annual Gala held recently at the Chicago Naperville Marriott, the Turning Pointe Autism Foundation honored Chicagoland residents for their work to fight autism.
Dan McNeil, father of a son with autism and radio personality for CBS 670 The Score, was presented with the True North Humanitarian Award for his advocacy and outstanding efforts in support of those individuals needing help in the autism community. McNeil, pictured with his wife, Shari, was chosen because of his long standing out-spoken efforts as a champion and advocate for families impacted by autism.
Donna and Fred Stephens of North Barrington were awarded the True North Community Advocate Award for their work to help educate and provide support for families and individuals impacted by autism.
OfficeMax headquartered in Naperville, and Walgreens of Deerfield both were honored with the True North Corporate Partner Award. Vice Presidents of the companies accepted the award, recognized for their involvement in the development of Turning Pointe’s unique Career Development initiative. This innovative relationship provides individuals with autism a chance at successful and gainful career focused employment.
“Turning Pointe is proud to host this event designed to honor people and companies that have made a commitment to support individuals impacted by autism,” noted Walter J. Johnson, President and CEO of Turning Pointe Autism Foundation, in a press release. ” It’s humbling to hear their stories and we are happy to recognize them in a small way for the great work they are doing.”
With a backdrop of Chicago in the roaring 20’s, gala guests arrived in vintage attire for a night of dining and dancing with actor Mike Starr of Good Fellas movie fame. Starr spent time with guests, sharing humorous stories about his Hollywood friends and movie experiences.
Even the staff from Turning Pointe got into the picture.
For more information about the Turning Pointe Autism Foundation, visit www.turningpointeaf.org or call (630) 570-7948.
Photos courtesy of Turning Pointe Autism Foundation
FYI: Turning Pointe Autism Foundation’s mission is to support individuals and families as they navigate through the lifelong impact of autism.
Turning Pointe Autism Foundation programs and initiatives include family and home support, career development and the Turning Pointe Autism School.
All programs serve families from the Chicago Metropolitan area.