Thresholds Policy Forum 2017

Thresholds mental health advocates hosted its annual Policy Forum at the immaculate VenueSIX10.

CEO Mark Ishaug gave welcoming remards, followed by Vice President Heather O'Donnell who moderated.

After a heartfelt testimonial from advocate and mental health crisis survivor Idatyna Zarecky, the forum featured two separate panels.

The first panel was an advocacy update from Illinois mental health advocate, and a presentation by a visiting Minnesota advocate. The second panel consisted of Illinois State Representatives Steve Andersson (R) and Deb Conroy (D), both on the Mental Health Committee.

Panelists answered questions from the audience both times.


May 01, 2017

Presence Ball 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017


It's been 2 years since we've done the Presence Ball. So we were happy to see an email from Paulette Wolfe Events and Entertainment requesting an estimate for 6 hours of greens screen photography with onsite printing and logo branding.

This year, Presence Health Ball raised over 1 million dollars to benefit its philanthropic community services.

This year's theme was "One Hit Wonders." Featured entertainers power pop band Tommy Tutone performed "867-5309/Jenny". Kehoe Designs created amazing table top designs featuring full size guitar lamps. The Hyatt Regency's Grand Ballroom was transformed into a lavish black tie affair.

FAB PHOTO was the featured photo entertainment. True to theme, we produced the backgrounds and the logo branding placement ourselves. We chose 2 or 3 backgrounds per each of the 4 decades: 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. We also included 2 iconic Chicago backgrounds—fireworks over the skyline and the Millenium Park "Bean"—for our Chicago fall back requests.

We were slammed the entire time from opening cocktail hour to the time they took away the chocolate fountains and coffee station at midnight.  

To spice up the images, we brought some of our favorite props, our real live instruments: our black Fender guitar, trumpet, and alto sax brought people to life and gave them something to do to feel more comfortable. Of course our Fab Photo posing technique made everyone look like a red carpet model for their black tie portraits.

All of our images during the cocktail hour were displayed on a large screen slideshow during dinner through the rest of the evening. It always feels good when people come up to me and say this was one of the best photo booths thev'ye ever seen at an event. We received lots of compliments and people were amazed at the quality of the photos and the speed of printing. People were pretty adventurous by the end of the evening.

To see a full web gallery of images from the Presence Ball 2017 photobooth here.


Green Screen Photobooth of World's Strongest Man, Brian Shaw

Towering over every other human by a full head and shoulders, Brian Shaw, 2016 World’s Strongest Man, was easy to spot in the crowd at Valparaiso, Indiana’s annual Popcorn Festival.

Sponsored by Muller Acura of Merrillville, Indiana, Brian was featured as the celebrity draw for their green screen photo activity.

The green screen photo gags were planned well in advance, so when Brian arrived, he only had to pose on the green screen for a couple of minutes. His images were then extracted for easy placement on the different backgrounds. This allowed Brian to be free to interact with guests in person and to autograph the green screen photos printed onsite.

Fans, especially young kids, were thrilled to get thrown across a gym by Brian Shaw, hang from his mighty biceps, or simply hang out next to the strong man. Everyone received a photo print and emailed a picture to themselves.


This year’s event focused on raising critical funds for the thousands of individuals that Thresholds assists in finding and maintaining housing. Thanks to the heroic generosity of those who attended and supported this powerful event, Thresholds can continue to operate on the principle of Housing First, providing a safe and stable living environment as the foundation on which to build recovery.


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FAB PHOTO in action at Warwick Allerton Hotel in Chicago

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