Metropolitan Family Services DuPage Gala raises record funds

Metropolitan Family Services DuPage's 18th annual gala May 10 at Bobak's Signature Events in Woodridge attracted 475 of DuPage County's civic and social leaders, who joined together to raise more than $260,000 for mental health services.

Steve and Dina Gonzalez were honored as the 2019 recipients of the Roger K. Johnson Leadership Award. This is the most prestigious award bestowed by Metropolitan Family Services DuPage, and honors outstanding commitment to the communities we serve.

The gala featured John Garcia from ABC 7 Eyewitness News as the emcee. Additionally, live and silent auctions, wine raffle, trips raffle and more entertained guests throughout the evening.

Jim Perona provided the music and magician Mike O'Donnell performed strolling magic for guests.

Proceeds from this year's DuPage Gala benefited Metropolitan DuPage's efforts to provide mental health services across the life span.

As Metropolitan DuPage expands its mental and behavioral health offerings and community partnerships to address these issues, this year's theme of "Magical Moments" brought attention and awareness to the accomplishments made possible by families and individuals who participate in its programs and services.

Metropolitan's board, staff and volunteers are grateful to event co-chairs Maryellen Klang and Carol White, the entire gala committee, sponsors and friends for the support provided to this year's gala!

Metropolitan Family Services DuPage, started more than 80 years ago, is a family service/mental health agency serving some of DuPage County's most vulnerable children and families.

Whether through early childhood education, parent education, family therapy, youth mentoring, psychiatric and mental health services for all ages, or services for older adults and their caregivers, Metropolitan empowers individuals and families to learn, to earn, to heal and to thrive.

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The 18th annual Metropolitan Family Services gala on May 10 raised more than $260,000 for mental health services for DuPage County's most vulnerable children and families. Courtesy of LeVern A. Danley III
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