More than 750 guests attended Urban Initiatives’ sixth annual Soccer Ball fundraiser on January 27th at Chicago’s River East Art Center. It was an enchanted evening of mingling for many Chicago professionals, young and old alike, who were swaying to the cool sounds of DJ Duncan and devouring the innovative culinary concoctions and specialty cocktails of J&L Catering. Additional delectable treats flowed thanks to event sponsors Goose Island, Beam, Storck and Cabot. The event broke the Urban Initiatives’ previous records for attendance and corporate/private sponsorships, and raised more than $250,000 for its health and education soccer programs.
The Soccer Ball supports at-risk youth throughout Chicago who participate in Urban Initiatives’ innovative Work To Play Program, which uses soccer as a vehicle to help kids achieve their personal and academic potential. This year’s proceeds will support program expansion to two additional primary schools and 60 additional children, bringing the organization’s reach to 20 schools and more than 600 children city-wide.
We want to thank all of our sponsors, especially our presenting sponsor Storck USA, for making this Soccer Ball such a special event:
GOAL Sponsors Allstate Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation Chicago Cubs Chris Campbell ME & Chris Girgenti Incapital J.B. & M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation Madison Dearborn Partners Katy & Kurt Reichert
Team Table Sponsors
Robin & Tony Armour BMO Capital Markets Cindy & Peter Chelovich Christine & Steve Cole Credit Suisse Edward A Anderson Company Ellen & Richard Douglas Connie & Charlie Falcone First Merit Bank Kirkland & Ellis LLP Levy Restaurants McDermott, Will & Emery LLP National Student Leadership Conference Purcell and Wardrope Shefsky & Froelich Stacy & Rob Stutz Themis Bar Review Transportation Solutions Group
Nancy & Paul Armstrong Attorneys Title Guaranty Fund Bansley & Kiener LLP Blue Star Properties Katherine & John Buehler Julie & Jim O’Connor Optimus Robertson-Ryan and Associates William Blair & Company
Beam Global Spirits & Wine The Big Picture Home Theater Co. Cabot Cheese Goose Island Mike Killon Photography Party Star Shutter Booth Storck USA
Paula & Paul Armstrong* Erin & Mawi Asgedom Maggie & Dan Belliel* Erin & Todd Bloomquist Katherine & John Buehler Veronique & Marc Bushala Becky & Dennis Clegg Mary & Dave Cox Peter Doerr Ellen & Richard Douglas* Monika & Tom Dunmore Connie & Charlie Falcone Julie & David Farina Candy & Don Gibson ME & Chris Girgenti* Stephanie & Michael Grabill Katie & Peter Hauser Craig Kirby Merrillee & Mike LePore Rita & Pat McCourt Leslie & Dave McGranahan Eileen & Glen Noren Julie & Jim O’Connor Geri & Ron Redd Katy & Kurt Reichert* Cece & Tom Ricketts* Ann & Kirby Roberts Shane Smith Stacy & Rob Stutz* Katie & Randy White