Haymarket Center honors three
March 8, 2018

Haymarket Center President and CEO Dan Lustig; Karen Reid; Rep. Lou Lang; Master of Ceremonies Irika Sargent; and Joel Nickson at the Father Mac luncheon.

Haymarket Center bestowed awards on three people who have enhanced the center’s ability to provide community support at its recent Father Mac Appreciation Awards luncheon.

The luncheon is named for the late Monsignor Ignatius McDermott, founder of Haymarket Center.

Karen Reid, a trustee at Rush University Medical Center, won Haymarket’s first Visionary Award. Reid’s work at the Rush nursing program has helped thousands of Haymarket clients gain greater access to healthcare and needed medicines to support successful transition into recovery.

Joel Nickson, owner and chef of Wishbone restaurants, won the 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award for his assistance to Haymarket over many years. Nickson’s help with job training and placement has increased opportunities for those leaving treatment and finding a new path for their future.

Haymarket Center bestowed its highest honor, the Father Mac Award, to State Representative Lou Lang (D-94th, Skokie) a longtime champion for treatment and funding for those who are in recovery from substance use disorders, including opioid addiction.

Accepting the award, Lang emphasized the work remaining to bring the epidemic under control. “This is an issue that we all need to face together and all understand that finding help for those struggling will not only benefit those in need but also our community,” said Lang.

Phil O’Connor, a Haymarket board member and long-time advisor to Illinois governors on policy issues, chaired the luncheon. Rob Karr, president and CEO of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, served as co-chair. “These issues impact the business community, and all of us continue to learn a great deal about the challenges to providing care in order to meet the sadly growing demand,” Karr said.

More than 200 policy leaders, representatives from community business, and long-time and new Haymarket Center supported attended the Father Mac Appreciation Award luncheon.

Haymarket Center’s mission is to aid people with substance use disorders in their recovery by providing comprehensive behavioral health solutions.

The center is located at 932 W. Washington St. Call (312) 226-7984 or log on to www.HCenter.org.