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2023 Benefit Gala

Thank you to everyone who attended and made our inaugural gala a success. It was surely a night to remember! Browse the photo galleries below, download your pictures, post, and don't forget to tag us!




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The Venue

Saturday, February 25, 2023
7pm -12am
Stan Mansion

We brought Mardi Gras to Chicago for our inaugural benefit gala! The black tie event was an evening of celebration with 3 rooms of live & curated entertainment, exhibits, a lounge/bar, authentic New Orleans cuisine, festive performances, and more! Our goal was to bring greater awareness to the mental health crisis in our communities, expand our empowerment programs & recognize the mental health professionals on the frontlines of this widespread social issue who make our programs possible. The festivities concluded with a traditional Mardi Gras second line featuring official Mardi Gras Indians. It was surely a night to remember!

Join Us for a Night To Remember!




Our Goals

The Idell-McCarthy Foundation is on a mission to bring more attention to the mental health crisis in our communities by creating programs & solutions that begin with addressing the whole person, thus benefitting the entire community. Mental health disparities affects everyone, whether directly or indirectly. Our inaugural gala is a celebration of consciousness to raise awareness, funding, and recognition, while bridging the gap to mental health resources for the communities we serve. With your support we can make a big impact in the lives of everyday people in need of guidance, support, & access to quality care.

Our goal is to raise funds for our empowerment & group therapy programs, while continuing to facilitate access to individual therapy for those who need it most.


All proceeds will go to benefit the following programs:

PIECES OF A MAN - empowerment/group therapy

STRENGTH OF A WOMAN - empowerment/group therapy


THERAPY FUND  - assist w/individual therapy

A SECOND CHANCE TO DREAM FUND  - scholarship fund to support continuing education for women, particularly moms to further their education and earning potential.

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