34th Annual American Craft Exposition Raised More Than $550,000 to Support Mental Health Initiatives at NorthShore University HealthSystem

More Than 8,000 People Attended the 3-Day Event at the Chicago Botanic Garden

More than 8,000 craft lovers and enthusiasts attended the 34th annual American Craft Exposition (ACE) at the Chicago Botanic Garden, helping to raise more than $550,000 to support mental health initiatives at NorthShore University HealthSystem.

Presented by The Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore), the juried exposition and sale of fine craft featured one-of-a-kind pieces and unique luxury collections from over 140 of the country’s leading craftspeople, including an emerging artists category, which showcased the work of the most interesting up-and-coming talent.

Co-chaired by Leslie Sevcik and Kathy Leighton, the American Craft Exposition took place Friday, September 21 through Sunday, September 23. A Preview Party, on Thursday evening, September 20, gave guests a sneak peek of ACE 2018 as they enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and priority shopping.

“We are especially proud that ACE 2018 supported NorthShore University HealthSystem’s mental health initiatives and are grateful to all who attended,” said co-chair Kathy Leighton, a resident of Northbrook. “Funds raised will help create a Psychiatric Urgent Care Program and the implementation of a Collaborative Care Model, which will allow patients to get the help they need as soon as they need it.”

“This commitment to excellence is what has allowed NorthShore to become one of the nation’s leading healthcare systems,” added co-chair Leslie Sevcik, a resident of Evanston. “Today, more than ever, expanded mental health programs, services and facilities are needed. Proceeds from ACE will help make these initiatives a reality.”

ACE 2019 will take place at the Chicago Botanic Garden September 20-22, and will also support these initiatives, which will vastly minimize the wait times for patients in need of urgent care for mental health concerns. They will also help primary care physicians provide expanded mental health services to families.


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