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A True Wildcat Welcome
Matches from our Motorola and Palatine High School Workplace Mentoring Program got to experience gameday as the Wildcats took on Nebraska Saturday, September 24th. Some juniors and seniors spent the day on campus, getting a tour from Northwestern University and a great Wildcat welcome. Big thanks to Athletico, who treated our Bigs & Littles to a Northwestern tailgate and a fun day of college football.
As part of their investment in leading local youth-serving organizations,
Altria Group has generously awarded funding to BBBSMC in support of over
1,500 middle school and high school aged youth in
all of our mentoring programs, with a new grant towards our innovative Flex Mentoring Program. This grant
will help our agency establish four new Flex Mentoring Programs serving up to
100 additional high school students with an online mentoring curriculum
designed to promote graduation as well
as college and career readiness.
We are excited to announce that Brian Wrubel has become our
new Board Chair and will serve a two year term. Brian is the chief executive
officer and president for Marquette Associates. An owner of the firm, Brian has
been with the company since 1989. He holds a B.A. from the Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, and
is a graduate of the Univ. of Chicago Booth School of Business CMI
program. Brian has been an invaluable member of the BBBS board for 10
years and is instrumental in leading one of our largest fundraising events –
the Annual Marquette Associates Golf Classic. We are grateful to have Brian’s
leadership and continued support to help strengthen our agency’s impact and
On Thursday, September 15th, the BBBSMC Leadership Board had a successful BIG Bash Kick-Off Happy Hour on a beautiful evening at Zella's patio in Lincoln Park. The Kick-Off brought in nearly $800 for BIG Bash and over $1,000 in tickets sold! If you missed out, there’s still time to get it on the fun and buy your tickets to the main event here.
We have just released our Annual Report for FY2016. Click HERE to see the full report and learn more about our impact, reach and growth over the last year, as well as a full listing of our Brighter Futures Society members who help advance our mission year over year.
BBBSMC is grateful for the support of the Polk Bros.
Foundation and their generous $30,000 grant to our Site Based Programs with
Chicago Public Schools. This funding will help us make a tremendous impact in
the lives of 200 CPS youth. A longtime supporter, Polk Bros. Foundation
has been a partner to our agency since 1990 - and together - we are looking
forward to expanding our workplace and school mentoring programs in Chicago.
Now through September, when you bring your own reusable bags
to Whole Foods Market, you can donate your 10 cent bag credit to Big Brothers
Big Sisters of Metro Chicago. Through the One
Dime at a Time program, we are excited to work together with Whole Foods to develop healthier,
stronger communities across Chicagoland.
"Summer Chicago" Summer Photo by Arnold De Asis; 6th Slideshow Image Courtesy of Wyndham Rewards
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