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NAMI McHenry County celebrates 30 years with a 'Friend Raiser'

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NAMI McHenry County

NAMI McHenry County is celebrating its 30th anniversary providing free mental health services to the residents of McHenry County and kicking off Mental Health Month in May.

NAMI is having its first "Friend Raiser" on Saturday, May 6, with an evening of theater, music, delectable fare and silent auction.

It will feature "Erasing the Distance," four riveting monologues portraying true stories of hope and healing by a renowned Chicago theater group.

It will be 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, 401 Country Club Road in Crystal Lake.

Tickets are $65 pre-sale or $75 at the door. Purchase tickets today at

NAMI McHenry County will honor Dr. Rick B. Kirchhoff with the Spirit of Hope Award at the event.

Its mission is to provide support, education and advocacy in order to improve the quality of life of individuals living with a mental illness and their families.

NAMI has grown from a small grass-roots, all-volunteer organization in 1987 to an established nonprofit with staff. In 2016, NAMI provided its free mental health support, education and advocacy for 1,295 individuals living in the county.

NAMI works in partnership with other McHenry County organizations to ensure the needs of those living with a mental illness and their families receive comprehensive services that support their recovery journey and lead to an enhanced quality of life and well-being.

Join the celebration! If you are unable to attend, please consider a donation in support of NAMI's services. For information, visit or call (815) 308-0851.

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