Light the Darkness, NAMI Chicago's annual gala and awards dinner, will take place at The Geraghty on April 25, 2019. We invite mental health advocates, supporters and friends to come together with us to illuminate the path to change.

  Thursday, April 25, 2019
  The Geraghty
  2520 S. Hoyne, Chicago, IL 60608

  5:00PM: Cocktails, hor d'oeuvres and silent auction
  7:00PM: Dinner and awards
  9:00PM: Afterparty

Can't make it but want to support the mission?  Make a contribution through our online form here and indicate "Light the Darkness Donation" in the comments.

Our conversations create understanding. Our support dismantles the stigma, 
& our collective spark ignites empowerment and recovery.

We are grateful to all who support this inspirational evening. 


2018 Light the Darkness Honorees

  • Public Education of the Year Award: Dr. Colleen Cicchetti, Executive Director, Center for Childhood Resilience at Lurie Children's Hospital
  • Faith Based Leader of the Year Award: Pastor Christopher Harris, Founder and CEO, Bright Star Community Outreach
  • Community Health Advocate of the Year Award:  Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia, Former Executive Director, Cook County Department of Corrections
  • CIT Officer of the Year Award: Lt. Antoinette Ursitti, Chicago Police Department


The 2018 Honorary Chair was Tresa Dunbar Garrett, President of The Chicago (IL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.


2018 & 2017 Light the Darkness Recap Videos


2018 Sponsors:  ENCORE Technologies | Barton Healthcare | Chicago Lakeshore Hospital | Gateway Foundation | GForce Life Sciences | MADO Healthcare | Alliance for Living | Becknell Industrial | Chicago IV SolutionDOT Foods | Janssen | Harmony Health Plan, Inc. | Lydia Healthcare | Monahan Law Group | Phyllis & Perry Schwartz Foundation | Presence Health | Rush University | Sunovion | Thorek Memorial Hospital | Thresholds | Cooper's Hawk | Koval Distillery | Lagunita's Brewing Company | Synergy Creative | Tito's Handmade Vodka