Our Upcoming Third Annual Fundraising Gala

On November 1st of 2019, Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center will invite all of our prior donors, fans, guests and supporters together to hold our Third Annual Gala Fundraising Event at the same, amazing and historic Drake Hotel in downtown Chicago, again in their exquisite restaurant and banquet hall known as The Gold Coast Ballroom. By any standard, whatsoever, the event will be a smashing success and we need your support in raising enough operating capital for at least six solid months of Above and Beyond operations while, at the same time, honoring the homeless and poverty-stricken substance abusers we serve who are working harder than they're ever worked just to keep their heads above water. You’ll meet some of them and will be able to instantly see how their human beings, just like us, and the difference you can make in their lives is unparalleled!

Our Second Annual Fundraising Gala

We did it! Thanks to the generous support of almost 300 attendees, the Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center exceeded our goal and raised over $550,000 during our second annual gala in the Gold Coast Ballroom of the Drake Hotel on November 2nd, 2018. Supported by the then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel and then-Governor Bruce Rauner, these funds helped to expand our mission by offering the most innovative, long-term, evidence-based and informed addiction recovery services to those who need it the most:

• We can now help and additional 950 additional clients
• Produce 250 more graduates
• Assist an additional 130 clients with housing/job placements

During the evening, Ryan Leaf shared his journey of addiction and recovery, and the three ideals that have attributed to his success: accountability, spirituality, and community. He expressed the importance, and necessity, of being a safe harbor for individuals struggling with addiction. He commented during his speech, “While

Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center has created the lighthouse, you [donors] are a part of the community of rocks that set the foundation for this safe harbor.”

Thank you for choosing to be a part of the solution with your presence and your gift(s) and for those who could not make it, please consider attending next year’s event which will be at the same place on the same date (November 1st, 2019). We are sincerely grateful for your generous support and your commitment to the Above and Beyond mission.

If you have not been to Above and Beyond, we encourage you to come experience the innovative and inspiring work for yourself. It’s free, it’s fast (usually in and out in under an hour), and it’s amazing! Schedule a tour by calling (773) 940-2960 and asking for our Executive Director, Dan, or by scheduling it directly on our website at www.anb-today.k0sgmpcp-liquidwebsites.com.

To those of you who braved procrastination and joined us, thank you again for investing in saving the lives of real people who are gripped in life and death struggles with substance abuse. We look forward to you joining us at our next event!


Bryan Cressey - Founder
Gloria J. Harper - Board Chairperson
Dan Hostetler - Executive Director

Second Annual Fundraising Gala Photos

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Our First Annual Fundraising Gala

On November 10th of 2017, Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center held our “First Annual Gala Fundraising Event” at the Art Institute of Chicago, in their exquisite restaurant and banquet hall known as Terzo Piano. By any standard, whatsoever, the event was a smashing success and not only raised enough operating capital for four solid months of Above and Beyond operations, but elevated our profile into a mainstream of caring, giving hearts that we believe will provide a solid, sustainable foundation for our future and the clean and sober futures of those we serve.

Framed by Co-Chairs Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of the City of Chicago, and the Honorable Bruce Rauner, Governor of the Great State of Illinois, Bryan Cressey, Founder, was able to share his deepest convictions about why he decided to put a FREE addiction clinic into a questionable area of town and turn it into “the most innovative addiction treatment centers in the United States, and perhaps the world.” Culminating a delicious dinner, a very successful silent auction, and a miraculously productive paddle raise, the 220+ attendees took advantage of the open bar, the music of DJ Kareem and enjoyed themselves until the museum hours forced us to reluctantly end our night of magical merriment.

Fundraising Gala Photos

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Sabrina S. Above and Beyond Member

“Above and Beyond is a place where I can come to when I have no place to go, a place that will allow me to speak my mind no matter what, and a place where I can feel free to talk about my pain, my hurts, and my beliefs.”

George C. Above and Beyond Member
“Above and Beyond is a place that allows me to see the exit from my addiction and get back to my real identity and a loving, caring, hard working man.”
Durell W. Above and Beyond Alumni

“I am an alumni member at Above and Beyond and I still come to see my family here at least three times per month. I love it at Above and Beyond. This place has made me a better man and a better thinker.”

Amonte D. Above and Beyond Member

“Above and Beyond has changed my life and helped me to stay sober. This is a great program!”

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