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        "There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn't." 
                                                                           - John Green, Turtles All the Way Down

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    Despite Covid 19 restrictions and relentless rain that evening the 2020 Client Art Show held September 10th at Ecker Center was extremely successful.  Abstract artists, balloon artists, writers, portrait painters and landscape artists alike put on a terrific show -- and earned almost $1,000 selling their products.
    Perhaps best of all, art that wasn't sold is now "on loan" to Ecker Center.  Come on in and take a look.  Our walls have never been so bright and inviting.  Thanks to all who participated!
    We hung on as long as we could but in the end had to cancel our November 14th One Magical Evening annual fundraiser. Instead we will be holding an on-line auction featuring:
    On Saturday November 14 from 9 to 5 we will be auctioning off one-of-a-kind gifts for holiday giving. We'll also have a selection of pre- decorated 4-foot trees designed by some of the best decorators around. The absolute best part is you get to give something totally unique and the purchase price goes 100% to benefit the programs and services of Ecker Center for Behavioral Health.  An on-line catalog will be available shortly to showcase our something-for-everyone choices.  You're going to love this!
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    Ecker Center for Behavioral Health has been blessed by an outpouring of support from the community starting as soon as the pandemic was upon us.  A simple thank you seems so inadequate in response.  Instead, we're populating a permanent wall of brick tiles to have a record in perpetuity to honor those who helped sustain us during a most difficult time.  Individuals who made donations of $500 or more from the beginning of the Pandemic in March through Thanksgiving 2020 will receive an engraved brick tile to  memorialize their generosity.  Three tile sizes are available:
    • 4" x 8" ($500-$999 donation)
    • 8" x 8" ($999 to $4999 donation)
    • 12" x 12" ($5,000 and up donation)
    Tiles can be engraved (pending size) with name, message and/or logo of choice.  Both the tiles and engraving are provided at no extra cost to the donor.  For more information or to place an order for a Sustainers' Tile please contact Kay Catlin at kcatlin@eckercenter.org.
    Thanks to all who have already made this project such an outstanding success!
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    Once again, Windy Hill Christmas Tree Farms in Wisconsin will be selling live Christmas trees and wreaths starting the day after Thanksgiving.  A portion of the proceeds will go to Ecker Center for Behavioral Health. The sales site will be at Ziegler's ACE Hardware at 215 N. Spring St., Elgin.
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    Welcome to Our New Hires
    We are happy to welcome the following new Ecker staff members:
    Matthew Aguilar
    Intern, PSR/Therapy
    Chris Ewald
    Residential Supervisor, HUD
    Patricia Gomez
    PSR/Therapy Intern
    Jay Swanson
    Clinical Intern, Renz Office
    Welcome to the team!
    We Need Somebody.
    (Not Just Anybody.)
    We only need people who want to make a huge difference in the lives of others.
    If that's you and you can spare a few hours here and there with any or all of the following, please let us know!
    • Decorators for our holiday tree auction (we need 3 more, Ecker provides 4 -ft. trees) - Trees due November 1st
    • Auction items for our silent auction
    • Volunteers to help us work the auction on November 14th
    • Tile installer willing to help us with our Sustainers' Wall project
    Contact Kay Catlin at 847-695-0484 x 1395 or kcatlin@eckercenter.org
    for additional information.
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    • Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has announced expired driver's licenses and ID cards will have until February 1, 2021, to get renewed
    • For more information about the U-46 Free Breakfast and Lunch Program/Distribution schedules go to U.46.org/food-distribution
    • Register for Amazon Smile and each of your purchases will give back to Ecker Center at no cost to you.  Go to smile.amazon.com and register with your current sign-in credentials.
    Upcoming Events and Fundraisers
    Gifts That Give Back On-Line Auction - November 14th - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Ecker Center Live Christmas Tree Sales - November 27 to December 17 ACE Hardware Parking Lot. 215 N. Spring, Elgin
    Giving Tuesday - December 1, 2020
    Meanwhile - Visit our Facebook and Website Events pages for updates or contact kcatlin@eckercenter.org with questions.
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