2022 Project H.O.O.D. Annual Gala

September 30, 2022 @ 6:00PM — 11:00PM Central Time (US & Canada) Add to Calendar

Union Station Great Hall: 500 W Jackson Blvd Chicago, IL 60661 Get Directions

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Breaking Ground for Groundbreaking Change

Friday, September 30, 2022

Reception 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Dinner 7:00 - 8:30 PM

After Party 9:00 PM - Midnight

Union Station Great Hall

Jackson Street Entrance, 500 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60661


On behalf of Project H.O.O.D.’s Advisory Board and 2022 Gala Committee, we are honored to invite you to an elegant evening celebrating Project H.O.O.D.’s work at our Annual Fundraising Gala. The event will take place on Friday, September 30, 2022 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Union Station. I ask you to please join us as we honor our sponsors and friends while sharing some of our work on the South Side of Chicago.

Pastor Brooks started Project H.O.O.D. 10 years ago by spending 94 days on the roof of an abandoned hotel to raise gun violence awareness. Now, Project H.O.O.D.'s expansive programming benefits youth and families in the Woodlawn and Englewood neighborhoods by promoting entrepreneurship and providing the support necessary to make the neighborhood a safer place. Here are just a few of our programs:

  • Violence Prevention Team to intervene before the violence starts
  • Construction Training to provide training and career pathways in the trades
  • Entrepreneurship mentoring to support local businesses and promote local startups
  • Career and financial training to our community members
  • Youth Programming to give children a safe summer camp and alternative activities

It is our wish to bring people together from all over the city and beyond who have an interest in becoming part of the solution to the epidemic of crime, violence, and poverty on the South Side of Chicago. Through creative community engagement programs and services, Project H.O.O.D. is transforming lives.

We are excited about our progress towards building a community center in Woodlawn. The groundbreaking date is set for October 29, 2022. As of June 2022, less than 200 days in to the Capital Campaign, Project H.O.O.D. has secured $18 million in cash, in-kind gifts, and signed pledges. This includes $5 million from Ken Griffin of Citadel, $2 million from Related Midwest, $1.5 million from Wintrust, and all of the required concrete from Ozinga Concrete.

Your Gala sponsorship will go directly towards programming and our new center. Our Annual Gala plays an important part in the financial support of our impactful programs. Our work would not be possible without the generous support of individuals and organizations like yours.

Thank you for understanding how important it is to help bring change to our community.

For additional information, please contact Kristen Kell at 847-346-2349 or email kristen@projecthood.org.

On behalf of the community we serve, we thank you for your consideration and hope you will join us for this celebratory and engaging evening!


2022 Tickets and Sponsorships

Project H.O.O.D. Lead Sponsor $100,000

Become a partner in our work. This includes 2 VIP tables for 20 guests to the Gala and After Party; Prominent logo or name recognition on screen during the event, in program book, on website, and social media; Exclusive announcement on website homepage and social media; Exclusive recognition from the podium; Opportunity to speak during the event; Special Project H.O.O.D. gift; Opportunity to provide an item in the gift bags

Host Sponsor $50,000

Includes 2 Priority tables for 20 guests to the Gala and After Party; Priority logo or name recognition on screen during the event, in program book, on website, and social media; Special recognition from the podium; Special Project H.O.O.D. gift; Opportunity to provide an item in the gift bags

Partner Sponsor $25,000

Includes 1 Priority table of 10 to the Gala and After Party; Logo or name recognition on screen during the event, in program book, on website, and social media; Special recognition from the podium; Special Project H.O.O.D. gift; Opportunity to provide an item in the gift bags

Benefactor Sponsor $10,000

Includes 1 table of 10 to the Gala and After Party; Logo or name recognition on screen during the event, in program book, on website; Special Project H.O.O.D. gift

Contributor Sponsor $5,000

Includes 5 tickets to the Gala and After Party; Name recognition (text) on in program book and on website

Individual Gala Ticket $1,000

One ticket includes access to the Gala and After Party; Name listed in program

Gala After Party Ticket $75

One ticket includes access to the Gala After Party only beginning at 9:00 p.m.


2022 Gala Honorary Co-Chairs

Don Biernacki, Related Midwest Executive Vice President of Construction

Ed Wehmer, Wintrust Founder & CEO


2022 Gala Committee

Dr. Sabha Abour

Chuck Adler, Adler Law Office, LTD.

Byron Andreas, Robert R. Andreas & Sons, Inc.

Dr. Daria Babineaux, The Pediatric Care Center

Josh Balonick, Blue Water Builders

Larry Berlin, Mentor at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Chris Bos, IL House of Representatives

Joe Cini, Automated Health

Barrett Davie, Inflow Partners

Rick Doering, Doering Landscape Company

Tom Gallagher, Dairy Management Inc.

Tom Gallagher, DSL Construction Company

Pastor Keith Gordon, Love of Christ Church of Chicago

Bill Gorsline, eXPerien Communications Group, Inc.

Nick Gowen, Burke Warren MacKay Serritella PC

Kayne Grau, Uptake

Dr. David Hoag, Warner University

Michael Jakubiec, Michael P. Jakubiec Investment Real Estate, Inc.

Rashod Johnson, Ardmore Roderick

Ta'Rhonda Jones, Actor and Director

Sylvie Légère, The Policy Circle

Dan Madura, Madura Nero Financial Consulting Group of Wells Fargo Advisors

Alicia Martin, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. Illinois Chapter

Talia Maschiach, Founder/CEO of EVED

Pat Milligan, Metro Ford

John Munger, Jansson Munger McKinley & Kirby Ltd.

Leslie Munger, Project H.O.O.D. Advisory Board

Bill O'Kane, Group Fox Realty

Jim Oberweis, Oberweis Dairy

Marty Ozinga, Ozinga Bros. Inc.

Mike Paulsen, Lockton Companies

Raju Prasad, William Blair

Jim Purcell, Ansley Real Estate

Gary Rabine, Rabine Group

Dr. John Radford, WellNow Urgent Care

Governor Bruce Rauner and Mrs. Diana Rauner

John Reaves, Milton Craft Bakers

Todd Ricketts, Chicago Cubs

Bob Schillerstrom, IceMiller LLP

Sean Seay, Athens Church

Dave Selbst, Lord Abbett

Peggy Shapiro, Stand With Us

Bruce St. James, WLS-AM 890

Sherry Street, The Bradley Impact Fund

Mike Uremovich, Manhattan Mechanical

Dr. Eric Wallace, Freedom Journal Institute

Shonda Werry, Policy Analyst and Political Consultant

John Williams, WGN

Ron Zappia, Highpoint Church

Thank you to the 2022 Gala Honorary Co-Chairs & Committee for their tireless support and commitment to Project H.O.O.D.



A big thank you to our sponsors!

Host Sponsor
Don Levin Trust
Partner Sponsor
Reed Construction
Dr. Daria Babineaux
Richard Edelman
Jim and Katherine Umpleby
Benefactor Sponsor
Baker Tilly US LLP
Cresco Labs
Metro Ford
The Honorable Bruce & Dr. Diana Rauner
The Honorable Bruce & Dr. Diana Rauner
Addus Homecare
AM560
Ardmore Roderick
Draper & Kramer
Fox News Media
Lockton
Manhattan Mechanical
Quaker Oats
TAWANI Foundation
Kent and Liz Dauten
Kayne Grau
Sylvie Legere
Jim Oberweis
Michael Paulsen
H. David Selbst
Yogi Spence
Kathleen Tonelli
Christal Wilson
Contributor Sponsor
Awake Illinois
Blessed Communion
Comcast
DLR Group
Doering Landscape
Illinois Policy Institute
WellNow Urgent Care
ABC-IL
William Blair
Andrew MacLeod
Raju Prasad
Robert Schillerstrom
Mike Uremovich
Mike Uremovich

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