This month we want to honor our Co-Founder Mae Abraham by proclaiming May the “Month of Mae.” Mae Abraham was a pioneer and a true force in the addiction treatment field, especially here at Ashley. She openly admitted to being an alcoholic at a time when women couldn’t be open about alcoholism, stepped up, and helped everyone she could, culminating in the foundation of Ashley. We want to highlight Mae Abraham’s selfless service, her determination never to give up, and celebrate the women who have and are recovering from substance use disorders around the world. The gifts women in recovery bring to their lives, families, careers and communities are priceless.
Please help us honor and continue Mae’s legacy by joining some of the virtual events we have planned throughout May or by making a donation to the Mae Abraham Legacy Fund, our treatment scholarship fund for women needing financial assistance for treatment.
You will have the option to register for each event further down on the page where you can also find the event descriptions.
We want to thank you for your generous donations with gifts that will remind you of Mae Abraham & Ashley:
Our Donation Gifts
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We appreciate all of your support for our recovering women.
Please follow us on social media to stay up-to-date about our events during the Month of Mae! We will also share content about influential women of Ashley and valuable self-care tips from our female staff members. #MonthofMae
Please see below for more details on the events during May or refer to the brief overview of our Month of Mae activities.
1. Rediscovering Your Creativity – Panel on May 25th at 7:30 pm – Live on Facebook
We have the honor of hosting a panel with three wonderful sober women talking about their different recovery stories, lives, and creative career developments. We are sure you will find them just as inspiring as we do.
Interdisciplinary Artist & Filmmaker
Maggie Meiners is an interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker born and raised outside of Chicago who uses cultural artifacts, media and iconography to talk about experiences with the purpose of leveraging her personal portrayal rather than the prevailing cultural narrative. Through the lens of humor, feminism and various mediums, she engages in self-analysis and critique to arrive at a truthful and authentic version of herself. Maggie’s art has been widely exhibited and remains in the permanent collections of the Illinois Institute of Art, Wheaton College and others. Learn more about Maggie on her website.
Dr. Robin Davisson
Abstract Expressionist Painter
Dr. Robin Davisson is an abstract expressionist painter who focuses on lyrical and process-driven art rooted in eclectic curiosity and the material surprises she discovers working with her finely-developed visual vocabulary. Before fully devoting herself to her art, Robin was a biomedical scientist in molecular psychology and taught as a professor at Cornell University. Her work majorly contributed to our understanding of the circulation in health and disease, relevant to numerous disorders. See Robin’s art on her Instagram account.
Fashion Stylist & Strategic Consultant
Meredith Koop is an acclaimed fashion stylist and strategic consultant. Profiled in the New York Times and Vogue, Meredith is best known for her work with longtime client Michelle Obama. Meredith curated the content of the former First Lady’s message into a dynamic and impactful wardrobe during her tenure in the White House. Their partnership continues to this day. Meredith also styles an edited selection of powerhouse people and brings her intuitive and thoughtful approach into all of her clients’ lives. In addition to styling, Meredith consults with brands and companies that aim to have a positive cultural impact via a sustainable or charitable mission and has a passion for dance and psychology. Visit Meredith’s Instagram account to get an impression of her work.
Like our Facebook page, and make sure to tune into our live session on May 25th at 7:30 pm for our “Rediscovering Your Creativity” panel with Maggie, Meredith and Robin.
2. Special Guests at Our 7:30 pm Wednesday Book Club Meetings
We host a regular monthly virtual book club. In this Month of Mae, we will be reading “Drinking: A Love Story” by Caroline Knapp with special guest speakers on May 5th & May 19th.
Dates & chapter breakdown:
- May 5: Chapters 1 – 5 & Guest Speaker
- May 12: Chapters 6 – 9
- May 19: Chapters 10 – 13 & Guest Speaker
- May 26: Chapters 14 – 16
Please follow this link to register for our May book club with special guest speakers.
Registration for the book club closes on May 12th.
3. Special Guests at Our 6:00 pm Saturday Alumni Meetings
We hold regular 12-Step meetings on Saturdays at 6:00pm for all Ashley alumni. For the Month of Mae and in honor of the many women who have recovered, we have invited wonderful women in long-term recovery to lead these meetings.
- May 1
- May 8
- May 15
- May 22
- May 29
Please follow this link to register for our Saturday alumni meetings with special guest speakers.