The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis hosted its Annual Benefit on May 7 at the Union League Club of Chicago.
Nearly 300 people came together to celebrate psychoanalysis and the psychoanalytic community in Chicago.
The gala started with a VIP reception, which included a meet-and-greet with headliner Stephen Grosz, psychoanalyst and bestselling author of “The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves.”
Benefit co-chairmen Judy and David Schiffman of Evanston welcomed guests, and board member David Schiffman delivered a rhyming tribute to the 82-year-old Institute. Welcoming the guests, Institute Director Erika Schmidt said, “It is a joy to see the efforts of many − dedicated staff, faculty, and board members − come together this evening in celebration of the invaluable work the Institute carries out every day.”
Eva Lichtenberg, a longtime board member emphasized the importance of supporting the Institute community in a variety of ways – whether through volunteering on a committee or spreading the word about the positive impact the Institute has made over the last 82 years.
A video produced by Susan McCowan of Creative Bridge Video, effectively conveyed the personal difference the Institute has made in the lives of countless patients, mental health practioners who trained there and the community.
Grosz engaged the audience by sharing several chapters of “The Examined Life,” concluding the evening with a question and answer session moderated by Schmidt.
The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis was founded in 1932 and is a leader in psychoanalytic education, scholarship and clinical services. The Institute offers mental health expertise to community organizations, schools, courts, businesses and other institutions, including some of the Chicago area’s most vulnerable and underserved communities.
The benefit raised $130,000, with funds going towards supporting the Institute’s educational programs, clinical services to underserved and at-risk groups within the community, and diverse public programs.