The Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem celebrated the 35th anniversary of its signature fundraiser the American Craft Exhibition (ACE) by raising more than $570,000 during this year’s event.
This amount, combined with last year’s total, provides a cumulative $1.13 million benefiting increased access to mental health services at NorthShore through the new Psychiatric Urgent Care Program and Collaborative Care Model. The programs aim to reduce wait times for those in need of urgent psychiatric care and to increase access to these services by making them more readily available through primary care physicians.
“The goal of the Psychiatric Urgent Care Program is to efficiently manage patient care and support lower wait times for patients with mental health needs,” explains Frederick Miller, MD, PhD, Chairman of Psychiatry, NorthShore University HealthSystem. “It is crucial that those members of our community get the care they need, within the appropriate window of time.”
“The number of NorthShore area hospital patients with depression and other mental health issues has skyrocketed in recent years,” said ACE Co-Chair and former Chief Nursing Officer at NorthShore, Nancy Semerdjian of Wilmette. “The generous support from those who attended the American Craft Exposition exceeded our expectations. The donation from the Auxiliary will help meet a significant need for those in our community seeking access to urgent and coordi- nated psychiatric care.”
ACE, held this past September at the Chicago Botanic Garden, is the one of the country’s premier craft shows. Over 6,000 attendees shopped for unique pieces and
luxury collections created by 150 craft artists. The weekend kicked off with the Benefit Preview Party, where 1,000 guests had a sneak peek at the museum-quality artwork.
ACE is a highly competitive juried show and features hand-crafted work in 12 different media. Though NorthShore does not receive proceeds from artist sales, many artists choose to support NorthShore by participat- ing in the voluntary ‘Craft for a Cause’ program, whereby artists make a contribution to ACE’s funding cause.
This year’s exhibition was organized by ACE 2019 Co-Chairs Buggie O’Grady and Nancy Semerdjian and their volunteer ACE Planning Committee. Next year’s ACE will be October 2-4, 2020 with a Benefit Preview Party on October 1, again at the Chicago Botanic Garden.