Believe in Kids Dinner raised more than $470,000 net to support CYC programs

The Honorable Kim Foxx, Cook County State's Attorney and CYC alumna, gave the keynote speech. She spoke about the people who recognized her potential when she was a child growing up in Cabrini Green. "I am the product of the family members, teachers, strangers, and organizations who believed in me."

The Honorable Kim Foxx, Cook County State's Attorney and CYC alumna, gave the keynote speech. She spoke about the people who recognized her potential when she was a child growing up in Cabrini Green. "I am the product of the family members, teachers, strangers, and organizations who believed in me."

Thanks to our generous sponsors and supporters, the 2017 Believe in Kids Dinner: Above & Beyond on May 18 raised more than $470,000 net to support Chicago Youth Centers' (CYC) programs that empower CYC children to go above and beyond, achieve upward mobility, and become tomorrow's leaders. 

We are very proud to announce that CYC friends and supporters gave an incredible $105,000 in the room that evening alone. Your generosity truly changes lives. Thank you!

Watch the videos from Believe in Kids: 

Chicago Youth Centers: Above & Beyond

2017 Epstein-Donnelley Spirit of Youth Award Winner: Lydia Diaz

See pictures from the evening on Facebook and Flickr.

Left to right: CYC Board Member Al Reid, Epstein Scholar Maleek Willis, Sondra Berman Epstein, and Master of Ceremonies Rosa Flores during the Epstein Scholarship Award presentation. This year's $10,000 award was made possible by the Epstein Family and Rivers Casino. Al Reid and his family gave Maleek a new laptop.

Left to right: CYC Board Member Al Reid, Epstein Scholar Maleek Willis, Sondra Berman Epstein, and Master of Ceremonies Rosa Flores during the Epstein Scholarship Award presentation. This year's $10,000 award was made possible by the Epstein Family and Rivers Casino. Al Reid and his family gave Maleek a new laptop.


Thank you to our 2017 Believe in Kids Dinner Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Leading Sponsors

Frank and Prue Beidler
Crown Family Philanthropies
Charlie and Bobbie Denison
Anne and Jim Doherty
Dixie Adams Erwin and Rick Erwin
Judy Macior
Roger Shores and Cyndy Lyons
 
Supporting Sponsors
Eugene DeRamus and Patricia Crumley
Facebook and Matty de Castro
ITW
Polk Bros. Foundation and Sondra Berman Epstein
PwC
Raymond James
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom LLP
Edward and Laura Wiertel

Partnering Sponsors
Abbott Laboratories
Altair Advisers
Jay Beidler and Deborah Witzburg
BMO Harris Bank
Chicago Tribune
CYC Auxiliary Board
Cozen O’Connor
Phil and Cindy Doherty
Epsilon Economics
John and Linda Hillman
Hub International
Jefferies LLC
JP Morgan Chase
Bill and Heather Kelley
Latham & Watkins LLP
Madison Capital
Marmon Group
Miller Shakman & Beem LLP
Morgan Stanley
Northern Trust
Plante Moran
Ray and Ann Rusnak
Slalom
Don and Liz Thompson
William Blair

Climbing Higher Sponsors
Mark and Lynne Florian
Iris and Martin Gradman
Heartland Solutions
Peoples Gas
Amy Weiss Narea and Vince Narea
Rob and Katie Swick
Winston & Strawn LLP
Joyce and Hank Wisniewski