The 4th annual YLS IGNITE was one of our most successful yet! This event is an opportunity for young philanthropists of the Young Leaders Society to help raise funds for a different United Way program each year, all while having a fun-filled evening. This year’s event was at Savage Smyth, one of Chicago’s hottest venues. We were joined by Israel Idonije, founder of iF Charities and former Defensive End for the Chicago Bears, as well as our emcee for the evening, WGN-TV anchor, Dan Ponce. The festivities included a live band, The Local Jokes, as well as dancing, drinks, a photo booth and a rooftop ice skating rink.
IGNITE was made possible by the generous donations of 26 corporate sponsors, including our patron sponsors, Exelon and the Skender Foundation. After thoughtful donations, ticket sales and silent auction proceeds, the event raised more than $95,000.
The proceeds from IGNITE will help support our AmeriCorps members’ work across the Chicago region. With these donations, United Way will have the resources to provide members with invaluable training sessions and to maintain their community-service programs. Thanks to YLS and the annual IGNITE event, the amazing service of the AmeriCorps members will have an even greater impact within our communities.