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No Shame On U 5th Annual Event feat. Sean Astin

  • Holiday Inn North Shore 5300 West Touhy Avenue Skokie, IL, 60077 United States (map)

6:00 pm: VIP Meet and Greet, includes meet & greet with Sean Astin, light dinner* and VIP Gift 
7:00 pm: General Admission
7:15 pm: Program Begins with raffle, dessert reception* and an opportunity for a photo with Sean to follow.

All attendees will have an opportunity for a photo with Sean.

The evening will include a Skokie teen sharing his mental health journey.

Raffle with great prizes including 43" Flat Screen TV, Sean Astin signed Lord of the Rings/Rudy/The Goonies/Stranger Things merchandise and more...

About Sean Astin: 

Sean Astin is an American film actor, director, voice artist and producer, best known for his film roles as Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Mikey Walsh in The Goonies, the title character of Rudy, and Bob Newby in Netflix’s hit series, Stranger Things 2. He is also the author of the New York Timesbest-selling There and Back Again, a memoir – co-written with Joe Layden – of his film career with emphasis on his experiences with the Lord of the Rings trilogy. 

Son of Academy Award winning actress Patty Duke and acclaimed actor John Astin, Sean Astin scored a career defining, triumphant success in the inspirational and universally applauded college football biopic Rudy, about the life-changing struggles and rewards of the title character, Daniel Ruettiger. In the early 2000s, he experienced another career breakthrough with his role as Samwise Gamgee in Peter Jackson’s the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, released in 2001, 2002 and 2003. Along with the many awards bestowed upon the trilogy – eleven Academy Awards, including Best Picture – Astin received nominations for his own performance. He took home the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor and awards from the Las Vegas Film Critics Society, the Seattle Film Critics, the Utah Film Critics Association and the Phoenix Film Critics Society.

Since Lord of the Rings , Astin has served on the board of several non-profit organizations, including the National Center for Family Literacy. A vocal advocate for literacy, mental health awareness, bi-polar disorder, civic engagement and other issues, Astin is an energetic, passionate speaker who promotes a culture of volunteerism to all audiences.

For registration:

*Dietary Laws observed

HOST COMMITTEE (in formation)

Becky Adelberg
Joseph and Susan Ament
Marsha Arons
Nathan Benditzson
Chantal Blaustein
Liron David
Wendy Dolin
Rabbi Zvi Engel
Francine Ephraim
Rachel Fein
Illinois Senator Laura Fine & Michael Fine
David Forman
Jen Geiringer
Tziporah and Rabbi Shaanan Gelman
Anat Geva
David Goldenberg
Yankie Greenberger, LCSW
Fran Gutstein
Rabbi Ari Hart
Sean Jacobs
Jordan Kagan
Heidi Kalman, LCSW
Nora Koenig
Shifra Kolsky
Heidi Kramer
Bonnie Lane; The Family Support Services
Melanie S. Levine, Ph.D.
Karen Litwack
Madraigos Midwest
Rabbi Leonard Matanky
Eddie Meyer
Kim Miller
Gayl Monto, LCSW, CADC
Hillel Morris
Rabbi Joseph S. Ozarowski, D. Min., BCC Rabbinic Counselor and Chaplain JCFS Chicago
Jeff Pogonitz
Rebecca Pogonitz
Gila and Randy Robinson
Stacey and Bennet Schwartz
Andrea Ship
Deborah Shub
Silverstein Base Hillel
Bina Simon, RN 
Ellie Spitz
Ellie Sugarman
Daniel Warshawsky
Julie Weinberg

SPONSORS (as of September 24, 2019)


Herrendorf Family Foundation


Susan G. and Joseph D. Ament


Miriam Ament and David Forman


Compass Health Center
Rebecca and R Mark Graf
Leumi USA


Shifra and Yitzchok Kolsky
Rogers Behavioral Health


Amy and Jonathon Ament and Family
Jeremy and Niva Ament and Family
Rachel Cantor and Michael Paley
GoGo Design Group
Joseph Tesher


Vlad Altmark
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - IL
Jan and Allan Bergman
Br. Fred Cabras, OFM Capuchin
Julie Oscherwitz Grant, LCSW
Diane Halivni
JCFS Chicago
Heidi Kalman
Nora and Matthew Koenig
Maggie’s Place at Mishkan
Mosaic Construction, LLC
Debbie and Marc Pershan (x2)
Gila and Randy Robinson
Stacey and Bennet Schwartz
Deborah Shub and Ayal Tovian
Michael Stein
Beverly and Jeffrey Steinberg
Temple Jeremiah
Tami & Reuben Warshawsky
Debbie and Adam Winick


Laurie Baskin
Nathan Benditzson
Susie Spier Chapman
Congregation Anshe Tikvah
Anat Geva (x2)
Tamara Kushnir Groman
Melanie S. Levine, Ph.D.
Karen Litwack
Sari Steinberg Communications
Chicago Yachad