The annual Moving Forward Together Celebration
On September 30th, 292 people and 41 sponsoring companies provided $214,000, and helped secure an additional $15,000 in matching funds from an anonymous foundation, to create hope for children and families.
Thanks to you, formerly homeless families live in hope.Watch how the children of one family, the Jacksons, have thrived as a result of the stable housing and services you support:
The 2015 Moving Forward Together Celebration took place at Alhambra Palace Restaurant in Chicago. The theme for the event was “A Tale of Two Cities: Creating Hope for All.” Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart provided a thought provoking keynote address. Did you know that it costs approximately $350 a day to place someone with mental illness in jail? “How stupid is that,” asks Dart. Mercy Housing Lakefront could provide more appropriate housing and services for about $450 per month. Without supportive housing, “the inevitable place they will go is our jails and prisons."
A panel of four experts shared ideas regarding the causes and potential solutions to alleviate growing inequality in our city, region and state. Thank you Mike Bach, Deborah Bennett, Cerathel Burnett and George Wright! We agree with Deborah that “housing is foundational." We also ask that you follow Mike’s call to action to support SB2046 to fund critical services for the state’s most vulnerable citizens.
Congratulations to the evening’s honorees. Thank you for your efforts to create a city and region of hope for all.
Connie Lindsey, Executive Vice President of Northern Trust, presented the Northern Trust Inspiring Hope Award to the former principal of Fenger High School and star of the CNN Chicagoland documentary, Liz Dozier, for her efforts to prevent gang violence and promote academic success. Sister Margaret Johnson, RSM and Sister Marcian Deisenroth, RSM presented the annual Spirit of Mercy Award to Sandra Bruce, CEO of Presence Health, in honor of 35 years of leadership in providing access to high quality healthcare for all. Dan Sprehe, Managing Director for Corporate Responsibility at JPMorgan Chase & Co., presented the Strategic Leadership Award to The Chicago Community Trust in honor of 100 years of philanthropic leadership. Debra Grand, Senior Vice President for U.S. Trust at Bank of America, presented awards honoring the partners that helped build Wentworth Commons. Finally, Thurman Smith, Senior Vice President of PNC Bank, presented the Community Stabilization Award to the team that renovated 6 foreclosed homes at 8011-13 S. Ellis through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Thank you to all of the sponsors, attendees, staff, volunteers, speakers and awardees who contributed to a memorable evening.
Thanks for Moving Forward Together,