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ACTS of Sweetness raises money for area therapy center

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CRYSTAL LAKE – Dessert vendors and area residents came together last week to support one of the county's oldest therapy services.

Adult and Child Therapy Services held its second annual ACTS of Sweetness fundraiser Thursday at Park Place in Crystal Lake, were patrons were able to sample some of the best sweets in McHenry County.

“We were very pleased with the attendance and the support from vendors who were willing to come out and support us,” said John Buckley, executive director of ACTS. “Without them this event wouldn't have been possible.”

Founded in 1949, ACTS has been dedicated to service people of all ages, including children with autism, people with developmental disabilities, and seniors with mobility issues.

“The work we do improves quality of life and helps people achieve independence,” Buckley said.

Thirteen dessert vendors attended Thursday's fundraiser, which helped generate revenue for the nonprofit.

“Fundraising is so good because we are a nonprofit center,” said Shannon Guzick, ACTS physical therapist. “We see people who do not have insurance or have public aid or are on Medicare. In order to get the funding we need we have to rely on the generous people that come to these different events.”

Buckley said event attendance grew 50 percent compared to last year, and ACTS is already planning its Sweetness fundraiser for next year.

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