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Chicago Police Present a Check to BBBSMC
On Monday, April 17, the Chicago Police Department and Superintendent Eddie Johnson presented a check to BBBSMC, recognizing the $1.6 million raised throughout a strong forty-year partnership with Bowl For Kids' Sake. The Superintendent spoke on the importance of our organization's work in helping to reduce violence across metro Chicago communities. Click 'more' to hear from Superintendent Johnson and view the check presentation.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago (BBBSMC) announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Jeremy Foster as Chief Executive
Officer (CEO) effective June 1, 2017. Foster will also be elected to the Board
of Directors of BBBSMC effective July 13, 2017. Foster is being promoted from
his current position of Senior Vice President, Development where he has led the
BBBSMC Fund Development team for the last seven years. Click 'more' to read the full announcement.
On Saturday April 8th, a
group of our Bigs and Littles enjoyed an exclusive tour of O’Hare Airport,
thanks to American Airline’s African American and Latin Diversity Networks. Matches
received boarding passes and checked in before taking off on a tour with stops
at the American Airlines control tower and aircraft hangar. They also met with
a pilot, flight attendant and mechanic to learn more about their roles on the
ground and in the air.
On Saturday April 1st,
BBBS hosted author and poet Kevin Coval for a performance
workshop with our matches. Through creative creation and performance in a safe
space, the workshop empowered Littles to harness tools for self-expression, thus
increasing self-esteem and confidence.
Kevin Coval is the
artistic director of Young Chicago Authors and the founder of Louder Than a Bomb,
the largest youth poetry festival in the world – held right here in Chicago.
Dance, get in a great workout and help raise funds for BBBS
all at once! We are excited to be partnering with WERQ Fitness for cardio workouts
across the country that will bring people together to dance for a great cause.
All fitness levels are welcome to participate in this feel-good, heart-healthy
fundraiser. Click here to see a schedule of events.
On March 8th, Whole Foods presented BBBSChi a check for over $50,000 - an incredible result of shoppers re-using their bags and being part of the One Dime at a Time program. After the ceremony, matches from our Workplace Mentoring Program with The Marketing Store and Saint Ann School in Pilsen explored new food in a store scavenger hunt, finishing together around the table.
Click 'more' to view photos.
As part of Mayor
Emanuel’s Mentoring Initiative, BBBSMC was recently awarded funding from the City
of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) to expand our
Community Based program. This additional funding will be targeted to serve
30 8th-10th grade boys in 10 of Chicago’s most at-risk
neighborhoods. We hope you
will help us find Bigs for the Littles that need to find them.
"Summer Chicago" Summer Photo by Arnold De Asis; 6th Slideshow Image Courtesy of Wyndham Rewards
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