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Believe in Kids Dinner

  • The Ritz Carlton 160 East Pearson Street Chicago, IL, 60611 United States (map)
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Thank you for supporting the 2019 Believe in Kids Dinner! It was a fantastic event. View photos from the night here.

The 2019 Believe in Kids Dinner celebrates the possibility within each child and honors the supporters, advocates, staff, and families who truly believe in our kids. This signature fundraiser enables Chicago Youth Centers (CYC) to continue delivering its transformative programs to more than 1,400 children and their families living in Chicago’s divested communities. Through CYC’s early childhood, after-school, and summer programs, youth strengthen their social-emotional skills, enrich their learning, and forge paths toward successful, happy futures.

This year’s dinner is dedicated to the legacy of James R. Donnelley, who passed away in 2018. Jim was a devoted Past Chairman of CYC’s Board of Directors, and he strongly believed in CYC’s mission.

Join us to hear keynote speaker David Rodriguez, Citadel Security Supervisor and CYC alumnus, speak about the impact that our programs have had on his life. The evening, attended by more than 500 Chicago business leaders, will include a cocktail hour, a delicious dinner, an exclusive silent auction, and a thrilling paddle raise. We hope to see you there!


Listed as of 5/30/2019

Presenting Sponsor


Vice Chairs



Credit Suisse

Phil and Cindy Doherty

Laurie Epstein Lawton

Mark and Lynne Florian

John and Linda Hillman

HUB International

Huntington Bank

Latham & Watkins LLP

Madison Capital Funding

Amy Weiss Narea and
Vince Narea

Ray and Ann Rusnak

Don and Liz Thompson

Steve Weinstein and Altair Advisers

Winston & Strawn


AB Private Credit Investors


Tim and Jennifer McGuire

Richard and Heidi Stewart

Joyce and Hank Wisniewski

Earlier Event: April 30
Possibility Day
Later Event: February 28
Fifth Annual Shake & Stir