Believe in Kids


2017 Annual Believe in Kids Dinner- Thank you!

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above and beyond

Presenting Sponsor


Honorary Chair
Edward J. Wehmer
Founder, President and CEO, Wintrust

Event Chair and CYC Board Chair
Dixie Adams and Daniel M. Feeney

Above: A CYC teen creates a galaxy drawing. This was part of a CYC STEAM unit where students ages 10-16 studied and drew images from the Harvard-Smithsonian telescope.

Thanks to you, the 2017 Believe in Kids Dinner: Above & Beyond on May 18 raised more than $470,000 net to support Chicago Youth Centers’ (CYC) programs that empower CYC children to go above and beyond, achieve upward mobility, and become tomorrow’s leaders.We are very proud to announce that CYC friends and supporters gave an incredible $105,000 in the room that evening alone. Your generosity truly changes lives. Thank you! Watch Chicago Youth Centers: Above & Beyond and the Spirit of Youth Award video about Lydia Diaz.

 See pictures from the evening on Facebook and Flickr.
Left to right: CYC Board Member Al Reid, Epstein Scholar Maleek Willis, Sondra Berman Epstein, and Master of Ceremonies Rosa Flores during the Epstein Scholarship Award presentation. This year’s $10,000 award was made possible by the Epstein Family and Rivers Casino. Al Reid and his family gave Maleek a new laptop.
The Honorable Kim Foxx, Cook County State’s Attorney and CYC alumna, gave the keynote speech. She spoke about the people who recognized her potential when she was a child growing up in Cabrini Green. “I am the product of the family members, teachers, strangers, and organizations who believed in me.”

Thank you to our generous sponsors

Presenting Sponsor


Leading Sponsors


Experian BM TM RGB

Frank and Prue Beidler
Crown Family Philanthropies
Charlie and Bobbie Denison
Anne and Jim Doherty
Dixie Adams Erwin and Rick Erwin
Judy Macior
Roger Shores and Cyndy Lyons

Supporting Sponsors


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Eugene DeRamus and Patricia Crumley
Facebook and Matty de Castro
Sondra Berman Epstein
Edward and Laura Wiertel

Partnering Sponsors
Abbott Laboratories
Altair Advisers
Jay Beidler and Deborah Witzburg
BMO Harris Bank
Chicago Tribune
Chicago Youth Centers Auxiliary Board
Cozen O’Connor
Phil and Cindy Doherty
Epsilon Economics
John and Linda Hillman
Hub International
Jefferies LLC
JP Morgan Chase
Bill and Heather Kelley
Latham & Watkins LLP
Madison Capital
Marmon Group
Miller Shakman & Beem
Morgan Stanley
Northern Trust
Plante Moran
Ray and Ann Rusnak
Don and Liz Thompson
William Blair

Climbing Higher Sponsors
Mark and Lynne Florian
Iris and Martin Gradman
Heartland Solutions
Peoples Gas
Amy Weiss Narea and Vincent Narea
Rob and Katie Swick
Winston & Strawn
Hank and Joyce Wisniewski

Sponsors listed as of 5/18/17

The mission of Chicago Youth Centers (CYC) is to empower children and teens to recognize and experience their full potential.

Featured Sponsor

Featured Sponsor: ArcelorMittal

Featured Sponsor: ArcelorMittal

Thank you to ArcelorMittal for its support of CYC’s Maker Lab and STEM program at CYC-Rebecca K. Crown Youth Center in South Shore. Thanks to the support of ArcelorMittal, CYC-Crown  Full Article »

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