CYC Announces Northern Trust as Presenting Sponsor for Believe in Kids Annual Dinner

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Chicago Youth Centers Announces Northern Trust as Presenting Sponsor for 2015 Believe in Kids Annual Dinner Immediate Past Board Chair Rogers Shores to receive CYC Spirit of Youth Award

CHICAGO, Feb. 9, 2015 — Chicago Youth Centers (CYC), Chicago's largest independent youth and family services organization, today announced Northern Trust as the presenting sponsor of the 2015 Believe in Kids Annual Dinner (BIK). The event, which engages more than 400 local business, philanthropic, and community leaders annually, will be held on Thursday, May 14 at The Standard Club, located at 320 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago.

Immediate past Board Chair, Roger Shores, Senior Executive of The Marmon Group will receive CYC’s highest honor, the Spirit of Youth AwardCYC has a clear vision and dedicated focus on meeting the true needs of our kids and our communities.  None of this would have been possible were it not for Roger’s leadership, his commitment to CYC’s growth, and his steadfast dedication to Chicago’s children, families and communities. He has been a truly transformational leader and the lead architect for our vision, strategy and impact.  His legacy to CYC will be felt for years to come and it is only fitting that he be recognized this year as CYC celebrates its vision and the bright future ahead”, said Dixie Adams, Chicago Youth Centers Board Chairman.

“The theme of this year’s event is Celebrating Where Possibility Lives. With the support of Northern Trust and its long-standing commitment to Chicago’s kids, we will help more children realize their possibility and promise,” says Barbara Mosacchio, Chicago Youth Centers President and CEO, “Northern Trust has a 125-year history of creating meaningful and effective community partnerships, and we are honored to be among them.”

"As we celebrate Northern Trust’s 125th anniversary, we are proud to support an organization with such a rich local history,” said Deborah Liverett, senior vice president and director of community affairs for Northern Trust. “We applaud CYC for its commitment to bringing possibility and opportunity to our communities for over 58 years.”

The Honorary Chairs for this year’s dinner are Jerald “J” Gary and his wife, Lauren Snelling. As president and chief investment officer of Community Capital Investment Partners LLC, Jerald "J" Gary has spent the past four years revitalizing neighborhoods on Chicago’s South Side. Born and raised in the South Shore community, Gary is committed to advancing the possibilities that exist in Chicago and providing opportunities for children to experience life‐changing events that lead to success. “Lauren and I are very proud to be this year’s Honorary Chairs. We know that success for our children and our communities is all about possibilities and that’s what CYC is all about-- introducing Chicago’s children to the world around them and unlocking their potential,” said Gary. Snelling is a licensed clinical social worker and research analyst for the University of Chicago think tank; Place Lab. Place Lab designs and tests a model of community development driven by arts and culture to be made available to cities and neighborhoods across the country.

“This is an exciting year for CYC and we are honored to have so many inspiring people, including Keynote Speaker Michael Brandwein, join us for an evening of celebration and inspiration,” said Mosacchio. Michael Brandwein, an internationally recognized expert on teaching and leading young people, is best known for his highly practical, “use-it-immediately” approach. He is a frequent staff development speaker for schools, camps, recreation programs, child care centers and community service organizations. He has presented in every one of the 50 states, in most provinces of Canada, and on 6 of the 7 continents.

Believe in Kids Event Sponsorships range from $5,000 to $25,000, with individual tickets available for $500 or $250 for young professionals (under age 40). More than 85% of every dollar raised directly supports CYC programming. To purchase tickets or to become a sponsor, please contact Vakarie Christian at, or 312-913-1700 Ext. 424.

About Northern Trust:

Northern Trust Corporation (Nasdaq: NTRS) is a leading provider of asset servicing, fund administration, asset management, fiduciary, and banking solutions for corporations, institutions, families, and individuals worldwide. Chicago-based Northern Trust has offices in 19 states, Washington, D.C., and 20 international locations in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. As of December 31, 2014, Northern Trust had assets under custody of US$6 trillion, and assets under investment management of US$934.1 billion. For 125 years, Northern Trust has earned distinction as an industry leader in combining exceptional service and expertise with innovative products and technology. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @NorthernTrust.

About Chicago Youth Centers: CYC supports the development of successful kids in Chicago’s underserved communities by surrounding them social capital they need to succeed: family engagement, safe spaces and innovative curriculum. The organization includes eight neighborhood centers in the west and south sides of the city and a camp in Dowagiac, Michigan.  Learn more at, follow CYC on Twitter @ChicagoCYC and like CYC on Facebook at