Bright Futures Gala 2018

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Youth Guidance Turns 94, Celebrated by Raising More than a Million Dollars for Our Kids!

CHICAGO – In May this year, generous supporters from all walks of life, gathered together at the Palmer House Hilton to celebrate the work of Youth Guidance and the formative journey of its youth during the 2018 Bright Futures Gala.

The night’s events raised much needed funds that will further support the evidence-based counseling and mentoring programs that now support about 11,000 youth. The programs include Becoming A Man® (BAM), Working On Womanhood (WOW), Parent and Family Engagement, Project Prepare®,  Extended Day & Enrichment programs and more!

Special guests attending the gala festivities were Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, business executives, community leaders, and gala co-chairs Paul C. and Diane H. Reilly, and Douglas K. Walker.

Special thank you to our sponsors: Exelon, HilcoGlobal, John Raitt, Sprint, Boeing, John & Jean DeCaro, Brent & Katie Gledhill, Matthew & Carrie Parr, Douglas K. Walker, Bank of America, GTCR, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates, United Airlines, Latham & Watkins, CNA, Peoples Gas, BMO Harris Bank, J.P. Morgan, and Worsek & Vihon L.L.P.

One of the evening’s most inspiring moments was when a young Working On Womanhood participant shared her personal journey of challenges and overcoming obstacles with the help of the evidence-based program. Both BAM and WOW help youth channel negative energy into positive solutions. Other highlights included the presentation of the Kurt L. Schultz Service Award to The Davee Foundation by Youth Guidance CEO Michelle Adler-Morrison.

“With the community’s support, we surpassed our goal and raised more than a million dollars which will allow us to serve more of our children than ever before,” said CEO Michelle Adler-Morrison. “On behalf of Youth Guidance and our Board Chairman John Raitt, we are so grateful to the people and City of Chicago, our Board of Directors, Host Committee, WOW and BAM Advisory councils, Junior Board –and especially our corporate and public-sector partners – all of which share our mission of guiding our youth to reach their full potential, to be their best selves. Thank you for your most thoughtful and generous support.”

The 2018 gala was emceed by NBC 5 Chicago anchor Zoraida Sambolin and offered a once in a lifetime auction items that included Bears vs. Packers VIP weekend, with exclusive access, during its 100th anniversary. Special thanks to the Packers CEO Mark Murphy and his family for creating and donating the unique auction item.

Youth Guidance prides itself on meeting youth where they are – physically within schools, socially and emotionally – to help them overcome obstacles and focus on their education. The funds raised will support the organization’s mission and expansion of providing counseling, mentoring and afterschool supports to youth from under-resourced communities in need all across Chicago.

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