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McHenry County Turning Point » 2011 » January

Archive for January, 2011

Woodstock Moose Groundhog Day Dinner Dance

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The Groundhog Day‚ “Shake off the Winter Blues‚” Groundhog Days Charity Dinner dance is an open to the public event that takes place each year in conjunction with the city week long Groundhog Day Celebration of events. Our Friday night dinner dance has become the place to be. Drawing in a large crowd each year and brings in people from all over the county and state as well. The proceeds each year are split 50/50 between Moose Charities and a local charity. This year‚ a band has just been secured and looks to be another great night of music. The band Second Time Around is a 9 piece band that spans decades of great music and has pleased crowds for all over. The music that was introduced to the world by such rock artists as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, Jefferson Airplane, Crosby, Stills & Nash, the Doors, Bob Seger, the Doobie Brothers and others became known as‚“classic rock”. Second Time Around is a Classic Rock band that is dedicated to performing extra ordinary classic rock. Tickets are available now in the Social Quarters for $15.00 each, and all proceeds will benefit Moose Charities and McHenry County Turning Point.
A ticket is required for this event to take part in the raffles and 50/50’s. So get your ticket early and don’t miss out on this fun event, while supporting these two fine charities.

Tickets are $15 and are available at the Lodge, Woodstock Public Library, Home State Bank, McHenry County Community Foundation and Woodstock Chamber of Commerce.

January 18 2011 | Events and Fundraising | No Comments »

Elizabeth Montgomery - An Extraordinary Woman

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Elizabeth Montgomery (1933 – 1995)

 

Elizabeth Victoria Montgomery was born in Los Angeles to actor Robert Montgomery and his wife Elizabeth Allen. Young Elizabeth grew up surrounded by performers and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Her first job was on one of her father’s TV series and she quickly made a name for herself as a dramatic actress. In 1964, she was cast as Samantha in the ABC series Bewitched. The show was a romantic fantasy comedy, putting a witch in modern day suburbia. It was an immediate hit and soon became ABC’s most popular show ever. It ran for eight years and could have run longer, but Elizabeth wanted to break away from the Samantha character and try something new.

 

She returned to her dramatic roots, first as a rape victim in the made-for-TV film A Case of Rape and then as the accused murderer in The Legend of Lizzie Borden.  She also drew rave reviews in the miniseries The Awakening Land and as a ruthless villain in the 1985 thriller Amos. She also played real-life crime reporter Edna Buchanan in a pair of made-for TV movies.

 

Elizabeth was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in the spring of 1995. It was undetected until it was too late, so Elizabeth chose to spend her final days at home with family and friends.

 

Elizabeth had first become interested in political activism during the Viet Nam war. She was a vocal opponent to the war and participated in the creation of several documentaries opposed to the war. She later became an outspoken advocate for gay & lesbian rights through her friendship with co-star Dick Sergeant.  Elizabeth also devoted a lot of energy to the recording of books on tape for the blind, volunteering with Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic.

 

Elizabeth made sure her commitment to social issues spilled over to her TV persona and Samantha was shown involved in political and charitable causes.  One recurring theme on the show was Samantha’s activism for better treatment for witches. The fantasy setting allowed the show to address contemporary issues including racism and women’s rights in a non-confrontational manner.  In 2005, the city of Salem Massachusetts dedicated a statue of Elizabeth as Samantha on the site of the Salem Witch Trials.

 

Her philanthropic activities did not cease with her passing; in accordance with her will, Elizabeth’s clothes were auctioned in 1998, raising twenty thousand dollars for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation of Los Angeles.

 

Her show Bewitched is still a hit in syndication all around the world and is available dubbed in 27 different languages. It is still extraordinarily popular and starred an extraordinary woman.

January 18 2011 | Extraordinary Women | 1 Comment »

Thanks Matt!

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Matt Fraser from MCC’s Equality Club has organized some great Stand Up Comedy shows to benefit Turning Point. He’s headed off to continue his education at NIU and he dropped off some DVDs of the comedy shows for us to enjoy! Thanks Matt and good luck in your academic career!

January 13 2011 | Volunteers | No Comments »

Lily Tomlin - An Extraordinary Woman

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Lily Tomlin (1939 - )

 

Mary Jean “Lily” Tomlin was born in Detroit. She first got interested in performing while in college (where she went originally to study medicine) and was soon trying her hand as a stand-up comic in Detroit. She traveled to New York and made her television debut on the Merv Griffin Show in 1965. After a stint as the host of ABC’s little-watched Music Scene, Lily joined the cast of Laugh-In, playing such varied characters as five year old Edith Ann, rude telephone operator Ernestine and a genteel Tasteful Lady.  Her huge success on Laugh In led to many other TV appearances including Saturday Night Live, a show that was created by one of Lily’s former writers, Lorne Michaels.

 

She also began appearing in films, making her screen debut in the film Nashville, for which she was nominated for an Oscar. She also tried Broadway, winning a special Tony Award for her first one-woman show “Appearing Nitely.” (Lily is thought to have been the first female performer to ever do a solo show on Broadway.)

 

Lily was fearless in her comedy, taking on not only controversial issues of the day, but playing a huge range of characters. Lily crossed gender and racial lines, playing a character named Pervis Hawkins (based on R&B singer Luther Vandross). She was dubbed “America’s New Queen of Comedy” on the cover of Time Magazine.

 

In the 80’s Lily appeared in numerous hit films including 9 to 5, All of Me, and Big Business and also returned to Broadway, winning a second Tony for her performance in “The Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe.”  Lily has continued to balance television, films and public appearances. Recently she’s appeared on the series “Desperate Housewives” and “Damages.” She makes about 30 to 50 public appearances a year and on February 12, she will bring her stage show to Crystal Lake, appearing at the Raue Center. 

 

Lily has won multiple awards, including Tony awards, Emmy Awards, Grammy Awards and two Peabody Awards. She’s been quite vocal on political issues, especially in regards to women’s issues, working to raise funds and awareness for women’s health issues. Her activism might be explained by one of her quips: “I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.”

 

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Lily Tomlin will be performing at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake on Feb. 12. Tickets are on sale now for the well-known comedian’s “Valentine’s Day Show,” scheduled for 8 p.m. that evening. Tickets cost $80, $77 and $74. They can be purchased online at www.rauecenter.org, at the box office at 26 N. Williams St. or by phone at (815) 356-9212.

 

 

January 13 2011 | Extraordinary Women | 1 Comment »

Marlo Thomas “Free to Be” at Woodstock High School

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I’m re-posting one of last month’s “Extraordinary Women” articles on Marlo Thomas because Woodstock High School is presenting “Free to Be You & Me” this weekend. The show will be presented Friday & Saturday at 7:00 PM and Sunday at 3:00. You can call 815-338-4370 for additional information and tickets.

Marlo Thomas (1937 - )

 

Margaret Julia Thomas was born in Detroit Michigan but grew up in Hollywood, the daughter of comedian and television star Danny Thomas. Margaret was called “Margo” by her family, a nickname that was mispronounced as “Marlo” by the tot. The name stuck and soon Marlo was pursuing a career in the “family business”: television. She was a regular on the Joey Bishop Show for one season, and played guest starring roles on many shows before finally landing her own series in 1966.

 

Marlo worked with a pair of writers closely associated with one of her father’s hit shows, “The Dick Van Dyke Show” to create “That Girl,” the story of Ann Marie, a young single girl making her way in New York City. The show was the first to feature a strong young single woman as heroine. In fact, it was the first TV show to depict a grown woman who was not married, living with her parents or a domestic. Marlo often fought with the network to make sure the character remained true to her vision of an independent woman. When the series began to wind down in 1971, the network proposed a final episode that depicted Ann and her perpetual fiancé Donald getting married and moving to the suburbs. Marlo insisted the show end with the couple still unattached; she did not want to send the message that marriage was the ultimate goal for any young woman.

 

After That Girl ended, Marlo wrote a very successful children’s book “Free to be…You & Me.”  Marlo wrote the book for her young niece, to provide balance for the gender stereotypes common in children’s books at the time. The book led to a children’s album featuring songs and stories. The album was a hit and sold more than a half million copies. ABC developed the concept as television show that featured performers like Alan Alda, Roberta Flack, Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.

 

The message of “Free to Be…” is one of gender neutrality and empowerment of all people. Stressing individuality, tolerance, and happiness with one’s identity, the project tells all children that they can achieve anything they put their mind to- whether they are a boy or a girl. Proceeds from the book, album and TV show all went to the Ms Foundation, a group organized to increase women’s visibility and lobby for their equal rights. It was a collective started to “unleash the power of women everywhere” to effect societal change.

 

Marlo has gone on to many television appearances and Broadway shows. She is still quite active as an advocate for women and on behalf of the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, a research center devoted to the diseases of children. The hospital was started by her father Danny and Marlo continues to support it, donating royalties from her book Thanks & Giving: All Year Long.

 

Marlo has been married for 30 years to talk show host Phil Donahue. She is the recipient of many awards, including four Emmys, a golden Globe, a Grammy and the prestigious Peabody Award, given to honor extraordinary achievements in television and radio.

 

Marlo Thomas is an extraordinary woman.

January 13 2011 | Extraordinary Women | No Comments »

Shelter Wish for January

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Roxie, our Shelter manager has put out a call- We’re hoping some kind hearted souls would like to assemble and donate some shower Caddies for our shelter residents. Like in a college dorm, the showers in the shelter are “down the hall” and shower caddies make that trip MUCH nicer.  The most useful shower caddies are plastic or metal, with a handle and stocked with bathroom supplies- Shampoo, body wash, toothbrush, tooth paste, disposable razors, flip flips, a shower pouf, moisturizer- whatever you think would make adjusting to life in theshelter easier.  We’re putting out the call hoping an individual, group or club would purchase the needed supplies and assemble some shower caddies for us- then when ladies arrive at the shelter (usually with little or nothing more than the clothes on their back) they have this basic need taken care of and don’t need to give it a thought. If you can assemble & donate some shower caddies, call Jennifer at 815 338 8081.

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January 12 2011 | Volunteers | 1 Comment »

Volunteers help re-make our counseling rooms

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Hats off to the members of St. Mary’s Youth Group who were out thisweekend doing a lot of heavy lifting. We’ve been working on brighting up the looks of our group and individual counseling rooms and this week we put the finishing touches on them. Thanks to Austin Wise, Lloyd Stellmach, Steve Wesling, Melissa Sanchez, Joseph Sanchez, Nicholas Sanchez and Mike Allen from St. Mary’s for all their hard work and to Lindette Bourne who helped us to obtain the two wing-back chairs we needed so badly.

Above is our newly redecorated group room and below is the individual counseling office.

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January 12 2011 | Volunteers | No Comments »

First-Ever Presidential Proclamation of National Stalking Awareness Month

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From Lynn Rosenthal, White House Advisor on Violence Against Women:

In one year alone, 3.4 million adults in the United States were stalked .  Young women 18-24 are at the greatest risk of being stalked. Despite its prevalence, stalking is little understood by many people, who may think only celebrities are stalked or that stalking isn’t harmful. On the contrary, stalking is a dangerous crime that takes a profound toll on its victims, who are often afraid for their safety and try repeatedly to escape their stalkers. Stalking can happen to anyone and most victims know their stalkers. 

Recognizing this serious crime, President Obama became the first President to proclaim January as National Stalking Awareness Month. The Obama Administration has taken significant strides to create an unprecedented, comprehensive strategy to combat violence against women. Shining a light on the hidden crime of stalking is part of that strategy, and a key part of our work to support victims and hold perpetrators accountable.

Stalking is one of the four crimes addressed in the Violence Against Women Act, and is often connected to domestic violence and sexual assault. Seventy-six percent of female intimate partner homicide victims had been stalked by their intimate partners. The U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is a Federal leader on efforts to reduce stalking. OVW Director Susan Carbon said, “The motto to “KNOW IT, NAME IT, AND STOP IT” captures the focus of January’s awareness campaign…  Educating ourselves and each other is an important step to encouraging and supporting victims to report the crime and stop the abuse.”

As the President stated in his proclamation:

“This National Stalking Awareness Month, let us acknowledge stalking as a serious crime and urge those impacted not to be afraid to speak out or ask for help.  Let us also resolve to support victims and survivors, and to create communities that are secure and supportive for all Americans.”

To learn more about stalking and Stalking Awareness Month, visit the following website http://www.stalkingawarenessmonth.org/.   

 

January 12 2011 | In the news | No Comments »

Oliver: Feeling buried under charity mailings?

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Today’s column by Joan Oliver in the Northwest Herald is about charity mailings:

“Phillip Milligan of Huntley, like many of us, receives what he considers more than his fair share of charity solicitations in the mail.

So he decided to collect every donation request that came to his Sun City home from Jan. 1, 2010, to Dec. 31, 2010.

The grand total in his overflowing basket came to 175.

Part of the motivation for Milligan’s experiment was a feeling that many of the organizations were spending more on the mailings than they were on helping the causes for which they were collecting.”

The column raises some great points, and it seems like a great occasion to talk a little bit about Turning Point’s policies.  First and foremost, Turning Point never shares information about it’s donors with anyone else; We’ve never sold or traded any mailing lists with any other group or business.  And, it’s also important to know, most Turning Point mailings (including invitations to our events and our annual Holiday Card mailing) are completely paid for by Landfear Communications- a local printer & mailing service that stepped forward to offer their services free of charge as a donation.

We hope our donors are glad to hear from us from time to time- but if you do not want to recieve correspondence from us, we are happy to honor that request- just let us know.

January 12 2011 | In the news and Programs | No Comments »

Help!

A message from our volunteer coordinator Jennifer Kenning-

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We are looking for several strong individuals to help put a new refrigerator in place in the shelter.  It will be delivered tomorrow, but set-up is not included in the delivery.  It is large and the castors will need to be put together and placed under it as it is put in place.  Please let me know if you would be able to help us hopefully within the next few days.

Thank you very much!

If you can help, contact Jennifer at 815 338 8081

January 11 2011 | Volunteers | No Comments »

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