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Independence Center's dinner theater to feature auction with private party with Desmond Clark

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LINCOLNSHIRE, IL, October 8, 2017-- The Independence Center's Annual Dinner Theatre Banquet is a family-friendly event benefiting their program which seeks to support adults who battle with mental illness. This year's event, coined "Stories Worth Sharing" invites attendees to the Lincolnshire Marriott to learn and recognize the many hurdles of community members in their effort to finally achieve independence. The evening includes cocktail hour, dinner, silent auction, 50/50 raffle and a live performance of the hit Broadway show Newsies at the Lincolnshire Marriott Theatre.

New this year, a feature auction package will grant one lucky winner a Private Party for 10 people to watch a Chicago Bears game with Desmond Clark at The Claim Company Vernon Hills. Tickets to the Banquet are $100/person and can be purchased by visiting

"In the past 28 years, Independence Center has served over 2,800 persons living with serious mental illness, each bringing their own unique talents and abilities," explains Lisa Johnson, Executive Director. "They have attended our program for the sake of standing on their own two feet. It is our duty to help them realize they have the power to overcome their obstacles, and this annual event helps us recognize and support that."

It's also a great opportunity to educate others on the many components of the Independence Center's holistic approach. Founded in 1989, the Independence Center provides comprehensive programming including psychosocial rehabilitation, case management services, therapy, vocational training, and residential services, among others. The growing need for services in Lake County mixed with the current political situation, the rising difficulty for members to obtain insurance, and the state budget crisis only exacerbate the need for programs like that of Independence Center.

The Mission of Independence Center is to enhance the quality of life, to promote independent functioning, and to facilitate personal growth for adults with a history of mental illness. To achieve this, Independence Center provides ongoing social, educational, vocational, and housing opportunities. Learn more at

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