Moving Forward Together Celebration

October 2, 2019
4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The Hyatt Regency Chicago, West Tower – Crystal Ballroom
151 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601

Mercy Housing Lakefront invites you join us for Moving Forward Together 2019.

Share in an exciting and engaging evening of networking, speakers, dinner, and awards as we raise awareness and resources for quality affordable housing in our region. Your presence and support will inspire hope in the lives of thousands of people.

Because of community partners like you, Mercy Housing Lakefront is able to provide affordable housing and supportive services to more than 8,000 residents in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. With your support, we can help even more residents
build foundations for a better life.

Join us for another year of transformational impact in our community.

4:30 — 5:30 p.m. — Networking Reception
5:30 — 7:30 p.m. — Dinner and Program

Be a part of the event

Tickets & Sponsorship Opportunities

Event Chairs: Tom & Suzanne Gates 

Keynote Speaker & Inspiring Hope Award Winner:  Sol Flores, Deputy Governor, State of Illinois

Tickets & Sponsorship Opportunities Available Below

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Sol Flores photo

Keynote Speaker & Inspiring Hope Award Winner:  Sol Flores, Deputy Governor, State of Illinois

Sol Flores serves as Deputy Governor Health and Human Services in the Pritzker administration. Flores is the founding Executive Director of La Casa Norte, a non-profit organization established in 2002 that has served more than 30,000 youth and families confronting homelessness. Flores built La Casa Norte from two employees to an 80+ employee, multi-million-dollar organization that delivers inspiration, hope and critical services to the lives of youth and families experiencing homelessness. She has served on numerous working groups, commissions and local nonprofit boards as a tireless advocate. Flores was raised by a single mother who came to Chicago from Puerto Rico and has been recognized as a national Champion of Change for her work by the Obama White House.

The 2019 Wintrust Partners in Innovation Winners are:

• Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen
• City of Chicago
• Clocktower Tax Credits
• ComEd Energy Efficiency Program
• U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
• Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago
• Illinois Housing Development Authority
• Landon Bone Baker Architects

Volunteer Service Award:

St. Anthony Catholic Church


• Lightengale Group
• Linn-Mathes, Inc.
• The A. Montgomery Ward Foundation, Bank of America, N.A.,
• National Equity Fund
• PNC Bank
• John and Kathleen Schreiber Foundation
• Thresholds
• Urban Relocation Services

Thank you to our sponsors


Award Sponsor

Wintrust logo

Community Builders

Northern Trust logo

US Bank

Hope Builders

Wilks Communications Group logo

Block Builders

Linn- Mathes, Inc.
Howard and Stephanie Natinsky
PNC Bank
Waterton Residential

Home Builders

Applegate and & Thorne-Thomsen, P.C.
J. Carlos and Lindsey Artola
Michael and Nancy Borders
Citi Community Capital
CohnReznick LLP
First Midwest Bank
The Huntington National Bank
Leasing & Management Company, Inc.
National Equity Fund

Mercy Builders

Catalyst Construction
Chicago Association of Realtors
Duane Morris LLP
Federal Home Loan Bank
Greater Illinois Title Company
IlliniCare Health
James McHugh Construction Company
Vincent and Judith McBrien
Wells Fargo Bank

Non-Profit Partners

Chicago Community Loan Fund
Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives
Near North Health Service Corporation
Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago
Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Tickets, Sponsorships & Donations:

Online registration for this event is now closed. Please email if you are interested in attending.