November 13, 2017
This year's sixth annual Kelly Hall YMCA "Future Leaders Luncheon" was the most successful ever, raising more than $160,000 for youth and families in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago. On Thursday, November 9, more than 200 guests gathered at the Mid-America Club in the Aon Center to share a meal and hear from a few of Chicago's boldest leaders. Click here to view photos from the event.
Kim Foxx, the first African-American woman to lead the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, delivered a keynote address. "I am committed to this work because I cannot fathom what would have become of me — and what story would have ultimately been written about me — without the good work that organizations like the YMCA do in investing in the potential that I had," Foxx said. Since her election, Foxx has worked to ensure trauma-informed services are available as an alternative to incarceration for juveniles brought before the court.
Trevon Hamilton, recipient of the YMCA of Metro Chicago’s Service Award at the 2016 Teen Awards, also spoke about the Y's impact on his life. An outstanding student and athlete at Curie High School, Trevon serves as an example to the younger Y participants and has brought hope to his community. Thanks to Trevon’s help, and notification from the Illinois Department of Human Services of a $86,400 grant, the YMCA of Metro Chicago will bring the Teen REACH program back to Kelly Hall soon.
The YMCA of Metro Chicago also honored 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett with the 2017 Community Partner Award for his commitment to the West Humboldt Park neighborhood and the Kelly Hall YMCA. Since our grand opening, Alderman Burnett has been a strong advocate for Kelly Hall by organizing community meetings with local schools, organizations and businesses as well as helping to fund afterschool programs, summer day camp and fun, safe community engagement events.
Between the after school programs that keep children off the streets, hot nutritious meals, and activities like magazine publishing that teach real-life job skills, the Kelly Hall YMCA strengthens bodies, minds and communities by proudly serving more than 1,700 program participants in West Humboldt Park.
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