Friday, October 13, 2017
6:00 – 7:00 pm – Appetizers and Silent Auction
7:00 – 9:00 pm – Dinner and Program
NEW LOCATION! Galleria Marchetti, 825 W. Erie Street, Chicago, IL 60642
Tickets: Ticket sales are now closed – we’re sold out! Advance ticket purchase is required.
We are excited to be honoring a true community leader and one of our very own staff members, Maurice Harris, with our 2017 Emerging Leader Award.
“Reece” is looked up to by staff and youth alike, not only because of his unusual height, but more importantly because of the unique experience, expertise, and cultural competence that he brings to our center. Having been born and raised in North Lawndale, and once supported by LCLC’s holistic legal services, Maurice is uniquely equipped to help our youth and staff understand the challenges that our court involved and street involved youth face on a deeply personal level. Our youth see him as a big brother, and our staff lean on him to navigate the most difficult circumstances in our neighborhood.
Maurice first started volunteering with LCLC in January 2013 in our detention reduction program. This program partners with the Cook County Juvenile Probation Department to offer five days a week of community-based programming as an alternative to detention for juvenile justice involved youth. Because of his dedication and the obvious impact he had on our youth, Maurice was promoted into the role of full-time Program Director after only eight months. As Program Director, he turned reluctant youth into engaged youth as he exposed them to new experiences and created safe places for them to build healthy relationships, heal, and become today’s leaders. After he assumed one of the most challenging jobs at our center, youth now come to LCLC long after they are referred to us by the juvenile probation department because of the relationships they create with Reece and his team.
After four years of leading the detention reduction program, in August 2017, LCLC again promoted Maurice to the role of Violence Prevention Director. In this new role, Maurice will lead LCLC’s street outreach and violence prevention work to decrease the number of shootings and homicides in our community. There are few people with the heart and skills needed to carry out this work effectively, and Reece is one of them in North Lawndale. We are truly blessed to know him and support our youth with him.
The Steans Family Foundation concentrates its grant making and programs in North Lawndale, a revitalizing neighborhood on Chicago’s west side. By dedicating time, money, and skills, this small family foundation works in partnership with local residents and institutions to build and enhance the North Lawndale community. The Foundation’s work supports the idea that effective revitalization can occur within the embedded social and economic networks that create and sustain communities.
The Steans Family Foundation (SFF) was founded in 1986 by Harrison & Lois Steans and their three daughters, Heather, Jennifer, and Robin by sponsoring an “I Have a Dream” Project in Chicago. In 1994, the Foundation established an office in downtown Chicago and hired Greg Darnieder as executive director. The Steans’ experience through their work with “I Have a Dream” demonstrated the power of long-term personal relationships to change lives and believe this is also true for community development. The family, which includes three sons-in-law, was interested in using their professional talents in law, education, finance and non-profit management to work holistically and target resources in one community. After researching several options, the family decided to partner with the North Lawndale community, identified because of long-term disinvestment, a high poverty rate and significant community assets.
The Foundation’s work supports the idea that effective revitalization can occur within the embedded social and economic networks that create and sustain communities. Rebirth must occur from within the community and the Foundation’s approach supports this belief. SFF began slowly by building relationships and gathering information before granting dollars toward community initiatives.
The Foundation now grants approximately $3M annually to support community efforts in North Lawndale. The Foundation focuses its grant making in the areas of violence reduction, improved school quality, student and family supports and post-secondary access and completion while continuing to remain flexible to the needs and desires of the community. After working in concert with North Lawndale leaders and residents for more than 20 years, the family still believes this focused approach is demonstrating substantial progress.
As managing partner at Emerson Collective, former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan returns to Chicago on a mission to improve the lives of young adults in his hometown. Through partnerships with local business leaders, community organizers, and nonprofit groups, Duncan aims to create job and life opportunities for disconnected youth between the ages of 17 and 24.
Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Duncan served as chief executive officer of Chicago Public Schools. From 2001 to 2008, Duncan won praise for uniting the city’s stakeholders behind an education agenda that included opening 100 new schools; expanding after-school, summer learning, early childhood, and college access programs; dramatically boosting the caliber of teachers; and building public-private partnerships around a variety of education initiatives. Duncan graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1987, majoring in sociology. At Harvard he served as co-captain of the basketball team and was named a first team Academic All-American.
Emerson Collective is an organization dedicated to removing barriers to opportunity so people can live to their full potential. Established by Laurene Powell Jobs, Emerson Collective centers its work on education, immigration reform, the environment and other social justice initiatives.
Jonny & Christine Cummings
Lawndale Christian Community Church
Sponsorships are available at the following levels:
- Marquee Sponsor ($5,000)
- Premier Sponsor ($2,500)
- Major Sponsor ($1,000)
- Contributing Sponsor ($500)
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