Big challenges face the city we love, and tackling them is not always easy. But we know we’re not in this fight alone. We’re lucky to be surrounded by hardworking volunteers, generous corporate partners and phenomenal social service agencies that understand the urgent need and are invested in the work.
That’s why we like to take a step back this time each year and show them how much we appreciate all they do at our annual Celebration event.
The 2018 Celebration luncheon on Friday, May 11 honored three extraordinary Chicago leaders and neighborhood game changers, while also recognizing our corporate and community partners. More than 400 guests joined us as we reflected on the wins of FY2018 and the strides that we have made in the fight for the health, education, financial stability and safety of every person in every neighborhood across the region.
Our three honorees were chosen for their unwavering commitment to improving outcomes for every person in our region. Lupe Fiasco, American rapper and Co-Founder of M.U.R.A.L. received the Neighborhood Game Changer Award. Jorge Ramirez, President of the Chicago Federation of Labor and Vice President of AFL-CIO, was awarded the Community Leadership Award. And Deborah DeHaas, Vice Chairman, National Managing Partner for the Center of Board Effectiveness at Deloitte, received the United Way Leadership Award.
It was a celebratory afternoon and a great chance to honor a job well done. Thank you for all who joined us. Through the generous support of our partners we raised more than $500,000 to help drive lasting change in neighborhoods across the Chicago region. We asked you to join the fight and you answered!