Several Local Businesses and individuals stepped up to provide sponsorship and donations for the Stepping Stones of Rockford's 50th Anniversary Celebration, held on May 7, 2019 at the Radisson Hotel in Rockford. "It is our pleasure to recognize our presenting sponsors because of the ongoing, working relationships we have with each of them. The cooperation between the for-profit and not-for-profit worlds makes our entire community stronger and provides the opportunity for organizations like ours to carry out our mission. Our lives are enriched every day by those we have the opportunity to care for and we are honored by the compassion our sponsors show for the individuals we serve, well beyond their monetary support."
Emerald Sponsors: Blackhawk Bank and Gallagher (Insurance, Risk Management, Consulting).
Jade Sponsor: Larson and Darby Group, Hinshaw, Genoa Healthcare and Credible Behavioral Health.
Amethyst Sponsors: Coylekiley Insurance Agency; Parson's Collision Center; Diana and Larry Scharnweber; Donna Addison; Sue Schroeder; Sue Hazelwood-Roberson and Randy Roberson; This End Up; NAMI Northern Illinois; and, WPS Health Insurance.
Opal Sponsors: KMK Media Group, Inc.; Mary Gubbe Lee; The Alliance; and, Averill Anderson, LLC.
Pearl Sponsors: include Elizabeth Sherman; Jan Carlson; Kathie Akers; Illinois Bank and Trust; State Representative Maurice West; John R. Fallon; J. Cook Financial; Tim Kane; Benson Stone Co.; Florence Sandberg; and, David Vella.
Additional Contributors: Julie and Bill Snively; Dennis and Mary Gallagher; Allan and Sue Olson; Andrea Aukamp; Judy Heinke; Priscilla Costello; Theresa Mleczko; Abbie Merrell; Linda Roehrig; Kim Bailey; James and Kimberly Viggiano; and, John and Susan Satterthwaite.
Silent auction items livened up the celebration, thanks to donors to the event. From Packer tickets to private in-home wine samplings, the Stepping Stones 50th Anniversary Celebration Silent Auction had something for everyone. Bidding was fierce, inspiring attendees to join the fun. Thank you to the following individuals and businesses for donating silent auction items:
The Mauh-Nah-Tee-See Club
Mary Gubbe Lee
Jumer's Hotel and Casino
Rockford Symphony Orchestra
Anderson Japanese Gardens
Rockford Park District
The Rockford Ice Hogs
PRP Wine International
Lowe's (Machesney Park Store)
Stanc Insurance Services
Kibble Korner Food Pantry
Jeff Dunbar/A-1 Restoration
Greg and Sherry Harlan
Toad Hall/Steve Vrtol
Chef Shendet Ismajlaj/Greenfire
Ditullio's Italian Market and Café
Artist Ensemble Theatre
Chicago White Sox
Charm and Rochelle Owens
George Cassiopi Jr.
Steppins Stones and the Stars of Light
Mary Anne Godard
Buster's Bar and Grill
Kenny Farm Distilling
Edna and Elsie Siebert
Hannah Carl Cobb
Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
Stepping Stones was established in 1969 by a dedicated group of local mental health advocates who saw a need for housing and mental health programs for adults with serious mental illnesses. The 50th Anniversary Celebration provided opportunity to expression appreciation for those who helped create the agency's legacy, celebrate continued growth and recognize the dedication of all involved over five decades.