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Annual Benefit “Building on Promise 2018”

You’re invited to our annual fundraising benefit, “Building on Promise!” On Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel we will raise critical funds to provide life-changing services in Chicago’s most challenged and underserved neighborhoods.

The event includes a cocktail reception with hors-d'oeuvres, delicious dinner and a keynote address with Dr. Kyle Pruett. An international authority on child and parent development, Pruett is a clinical professor of child psychiatry at the Yale Child Study Center. His eye-opening talk will focus on the impact of violence, poverty and toxic stress on infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Pruett will also speak to how positive parenting and involvement plays a role in helping children cope and advance.

Highlights of the event include a silent auction, and recognition to SGA’s 2018 honoree, Donald Belgrad, Chairman Emeritus of Schnadig International Corporation. The evening’s event will include a performance of original songs composed as part of the Lullaby Project, a partnership between SGA and the Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) that pairs expectant and parenting teens with composers, singers, and musicians to create and record original lullabies for their young children. Last year, sixteen clients from SGA’s Early Advantage Program collaborated with the CSO to write a personal lullaby for their child.

In recognition of a former SGA beneficiary, the prestigious Joseph Pedott Leadership Award will be presented to a youth who shows resilience and leadership in overcoming personal challenges. Joseph Pedott, the founder of the Chia Pet and The Clapper, ran away from his Chicago home as a teen. He turned to SGA for financial support and counseling, and with assistance attended the University of Illinois.

Please support the Benefit, by attending, having your organization sponsor the event, and/or spread the word about SGA Youth & Family Services. Thanks for being a friend to SGA!

“Building on Promise 2018” Ticket 
“Building on Promise 2018” Sponsorship Opportunities

For questions or more information, please contact:

Jasmeca Griffin
Development Associate
Phone: 312-447-4334

Marta Garczarczyk
Manager of Development
Phone: 312-447-4328

With Thanks To Our 2018 Sponsors!

Susan and Donald Belgrad
Nanette Bufalino
Community Savings Bank
The Gamache Family
Amy and Andy Gelman
John Goodman
Roger and Susan Stone Family Foundation
Karen and Matthew Kaplan
Lois and Jon Mills
Victoria and Robert Noonan
Peters & Associates
Gail and Timothy Schwertfeger
Rachel and Neal Seltzer
Richard Li Pin Tan - TCC Education Trust
Savills Studley
William Blair

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