Chicago Youth Centers (CYC), the city's most established and supportive urban youth organization, invites the public to attend and lend support to its Believe in Kids Annual Dinner with keynote appearance and oration by author and Walgreens' Chief Diversity Officer and Divisional Vice President Steve Pemberton on May 2, 6 to 9 p.m. This year, the event is chaired by Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Denison of Northbrook, IL.
As CYC's most impactful fundraising effort of the year, the event gains support for providing children from some of Chicago's most underserved communities with effective high-quality programs, from early childhood education to college and career readiness.
"Your attendance and support make a very significant difference in the academic, physical and social development of Chicago's youth," said Barbara Mosacchio, President and CEO of CYC. "Every effort benefits our children, and with dramatically increased violence and unemployment rates, there has never been a stronger need for CYC."
Last year's event raised nearly $300,000, which helped CYC serve more than 5,400 children, parents, and guardians in a combination of core programs, including early childhood education, school-age child and teen development and Camp Rosenthal, as well as targeted programs, such as comprehensive community-based youth services and education support initiatives. CYC has set a goal to double that amount through this year's event.
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