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Sat, May 01 at 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM CST

Derby Day for Mental Health

Running fast for mental wellness for everyone!


Take a selfie of your best Derby hat ~ from fascinators and fedoras, to fantastical headdresses! Or if you prefer bowties to bowlers, tie one on (bowtie, that is) and strike a pose for the competition. Winners of the competition will win A HAT or BOWTIE and delicious dinner for two! 

Go to EVENT OFFERS (top of the banner, next to AUCTIONS) to see all the entries and vote for your favorite one!

Send your selfies to Jeanne Hanson, at by April 29! You must be registered to enter and win! 


"My dorm is still on lock-down." "I lost my job." "Mom passed, and we couldn't have a funeral." "I haven't seen my grandkids in over a year." The world has changed and everyone is doing their best to adjust. But anxiety, depression, and grief have skyrocketed due to the pandemic. More people are without jobs or insurance, and now, more than ever, need a therapist who can navigate the changes with them.  Samaritan Counseling Center has provided people with a place to go, no matter their ability to pay, and we need your help to meet the needs of this challenging time. Now, more than ever, your donation can make the difference in someone's life who is struggling to cope.

Here are some facts about Samaritan that might help you make a generous decision:

  1. We help about 1,700 individuals every year achieve mental wellness
  2. Over 24% are children 3-17 years old, many come in as couples or families, and about half are individuals working through difficult circumstances.
  3. More people than ever have required financial assistance. We will provide about $150,000 in sliding scale and fee scholarships.
  4. This year more people than ever have called for help with anxiety, depression, grief, relationship issues, suicidal thoughts, and other challenging issues.
  5. We partner with dozens of agencies, corporations, foundations and individuals to build healthy, happy, collaborative communities.
  6. Samaritan is growing to meet the demand for mental health care and we need your help! We have 18 therapists specializing in many disciplines, meeting with all ages and stages of life.

Samaritan Counseling Center provides hope, help, and healing through professional counseling and psychiatry to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families throughout the Northwest Suburbs. Our vision is to improve mental and emotional wellbeing by providing excellent, caring counseling and psychiatry, building resiliency skills, integrating mindfulness and/or spirituality and offering mental health education throughout the communities we serve.

THANK YOU for your generosity!


$10 Register
$500 House Party Host

Get your small gathering going with a boubon selection, mint julep fixings, and appetizers to pop in the oven delivered to your door! You'll have your own special access code for you and your guests, so everyone can participate! 

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Vote for Hats and Bowties

$250 Name a horse in virtual race

Only 24 horses available for naming! Sports heros, vacation spots, grandchildren, YOURSELF are all good choices among so many good choices!

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$1 Vote for Jeannie Hanson's hat

Jeanne, Executive Director at Samaritan, used fresh flowers in her Derby Day hat. Jeanne loves lakes, traveling, grandkids, and coffee/wine with friends.

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$1 Vote for Christine Guerra's hat

Christine is the office manager at Samaritan, loves to travel, read great books, and go to concerts. Her heart is even bigger than her beautiful white hat!

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$1 Vote for Barbara Hansen's hat

A former Barrington resident, Barbara, says "Hats off to mental health!" with her tropical take on a Derby Day hat. Barbara enjoys gardening, reading and walks on the beach.

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$1 Vote for Dicie Hansen's hat

Dicie, Samaritan Board President, celebrates our Derby Day for Mental Health with roses, roses, roses. In addition to running her business, Dicie enjoys using traditional and DNA genealogy tools to track down family ancestors.

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$1 Vote for Claire's hat

This cutie is the daughter of Rachel Menge, one of our amazing social workers.Claire decided that her mom's hat would look just stunning on her. She's right! 

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$1 Melissa Katz's unicorn hat

How smart to put a unicorn on your Derby hat! Our Clinical Director is a child psychologists, and her kiddos know that unicorns are magical creatures, so she's definitely a winner!

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$1 Anne Gulotta's Hat

It's only fitting that the fascinating Anne should be the first fascinator hat! Anne is a Board of Directors member of Samaritan, and chair of the Endowment Fund. She's also active nationally with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Anne and her hat are truly fascinating!

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Giving Levels

$10,000 Samaritan Angels

There are angels among us! This impact gift will fund counseling for a family of three for an entire year, or 3 hours a week of open, drop-in counseling for a year. Giving at this level would change so many lives! You will also receive free admission to all workshops for a year, and the opportunity to name a horse in our virtual video Derby race.

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$5,000 Samaritan Saints

When the saints come in, the magic happens! A gift at this level will provide five parenting workshops free of charge, or three months of therapy for a family of 5. You will also receive free admission to all workshops for the year.

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$1,000 Super Samaritans

Supermen and Superwomen move mountains to make a way for those who need counseling to receive good care! Giving at this level will provide a family with valuable tools for honest communication or relationship repair. You will also receive free admission to all workshops for the year. 

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$500 Good Samaritans

Everyone knows the story of the Good Samaritan, who helped the man in need that everyone else ignored. Your generosity could do just that for someone who has been beaten down by the virus, or blindsided by emotions. Are  you able to lift someone up with a gift of this amount?

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$100 Silent Samaritans

Our most frequent level of giving, these faithful, steadfast supporters have provided Silent Samaritan funds since we opened our doors in 2008. Collectively, Silent Samaritans help us provide emergency funds for those who lose their jobs and insurance. Thank you for being part of the hope, help and healing at Samaritan!

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Every dollar matters, and helps us deliver vital services to those who are hurting with the invisible pain of mental illness. Please give at whatever level you are able, and THANK YOU for caring!

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Samaritan Counseling Center Jeanne Hanson Barrington, IL 847-382-4673 x313
Non-Profit Organization Donations Tax Deductible
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