November 19, 2018
Chicago, IL- For the second year in a row, the Kelly Hall Future Leaders Luncheon raised more than $160,000 to benefit youth and families in the West Humboldt Park community. On Thursday, November 15, nearly 200 guests gathered at the Mid-America Club on the 80th Floor of the Aon Center to celebrate the incredible work being done at the Kelly Hall YMCA and to learn how they can continue to deepen the Y’s impact. During the luncheon, guests heard from some of Chicago’s most passionate emerging leaders. View photos from the event on our Facebook page.
Makiah Allen, a Kelly Hall YMCA teen, delivered heartfelt remarks about her experience growing up at the Kelly Hall Y. She spoke about how the Y has impacted her, highlighting the strong mentorship she received from the Kelly Hall staff, who treated her like family during some of the most formative years of her childhood and young adult life.
The Y also honored Cradles to Crayons, another youth-centered organization in Chicago, with the 2018 Community Partner Award. Bernard Cherkasov, Executive Director of Cradles to Crayons, accepted the award on behalf of the organization. We are grateful to Cradles to Crayons for their continued support of our mission and their commitment to the Kelly Hall Y. We look forward to continuing this incredible partnership for many years to come.
This year, the Y proudly welcomed Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart to the stage as our keynote speaker. In his speech, Sheriff Dart shed light on the status of our nation’s jail system and the importance of organizations like the Y, which provide structured out-of-school time and positive role models for children. Sheriff Dart’s remarks during the luncheon were both poignant and thought-provoking. To round out the discussion, Sheriff Dart participated in engaging Q&A with the audience.