Chicago, IL – Project H.O.O.D. (Helping Others Obtain Destiny) and Pastor Corey B. Brooks will host its Sixth Annual Fundraising Gala on June 7th, 2019 at 6pm at Theatre on the Lake located at 2401 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. Founded by Pastor Corey B. Brooks, Project H.O.O.D. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing violence by empowering youth and young adults to make positive decisions.
The gala will honor the philanthropic dedication of their continued supporters since the organization’s inception in 2012. In anticipation of the 2019 gala, Project H.O.O.D. has raised more than three million dollars to begin funding of an enhanced community center that will house an array of businesses and recreational activity for south siders.
“We are so proud of everything we’ve been able to accomplish over the past five years,” said Pastor Brooks. “Helping others in the community reach their potential and fulfill their dreams is a lifelong mission for all of those who continue to support Project H.O.O.D. The gala will be a celebration of those accomplishments and well as a continued opportunity to galvanize and strengthen efforts for the next chapter of our journey.”
Co-chaired by Richard Edelman, president and CEO of Edelman, a leading global communications-marketing firm, and Andrew Clarke, global president of Mars Wrigley Confectionery, whose iconic products like M&M’S®, SNICKERS®, ORBIT®, EXTRA® and Skittles® are enjoyed in more than 180 countries, the gala will celebrate the strengthening of some of Chicago’s most under-resourced neighborhoods.
"Community engagement is part of corporate leadership," said Richard Edelman, president and CEO of Edelman. "We have a deep commitment to Chicago, and we share Project H.O.O.D.’s vision that entrepreneurial activity can have – in fact must have – a positive social impact in our wonderful city."
Tickets for the night of celebration, sponsorship opportunities and more info is available below.
Project H.O.O.D.’s 2019 Gala Chairs are Richard Edelman, president and CEO of Edelman and Andrew Clarke, global president of Mars Wrigley Confectionery.
Gala Committee Co-Chairs
Gala Committee Chairs are Marty Ozinga of Ozinga Bros. Inc. and Jim Oberweis of Oberweis Dairy.
Rashod Johnson, Ardmore Roderick
Charlie Kirk, Turning Point USA
Sylvie Légère, The Policy Circle
Daniel P. Madura, Madura Nero Financial Consulting Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
Alicia Martin, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. of Illinois Chapter
Lamell McMorris, Greenlining Realty USA
Pat Milligan, Metro Ford
Negin Moayer, BNMO Design
David Munar, Howard Brown
John Munger, Jansson Munger McKinley & Kirby Ltd.
Leslie Munger, Project H.O.O.D. Advisory Board
Mia Nelson, Sweet Sandy Realty LLC
Jim Oberweis, Oberweis Asset Management
Michael D. Paulsen, Lockton Companies
Afrika Porter, Afrika Enterprises Consulting and PR
The Honorable Bruce & Dr. Diana Rauner
Jerry Rich, Rich Harvest Farms
Keith Rich, Rich Harvest Farms
Todd Ricketts, Chicago Cubs
Antanas Riskus, MarketsandMarkets
Congressman Bobby Rush, IL-1
Bob Schillerstrom, IceMiller LLP
Robert Semrad, Semrad Law Offices
Hank Smiley, Royal Boatey Consultants
Father Robert N. Smith, St. Frances Episcopal Church
Sherry Street, Illinois Policy Institute
Bill Stuart, CleanTools, Inc.
Ivan Tomic, Access Law PC
Latoya Trotter, Comed
Mike Uremovich, Manhattan Mechanical Services
Helene Walsh, Project H.O.O.D. Advisory Board
The Honorable Joe Walsh, Former Congressman IL-8
Alexandria Weiner, Tempus
Deborah Whitaker, GMA Construction Group
Mike Wilson, Project H.O.O.D. Advisory Board
Paul Adams, Providence St. Mel
Chuck Adler, Adler Law Offices, LTD.
Kevin Artl, Project H.O.O.D. Advisory Board
Abed Ayesh, Mr. Trucks, Inc.
Nadine Bahaveolos, Family Wealth Management
Warren Baker, Baker Development Corp
Jack Baker, Bridgeview Bank
Larry Berlin, Project H.O.O.D. Advisory Board
Donald M. Biernacki, Related Midwest
Robert Blackwell Jr., Killerspin
Rodney Boatey, Royal Boatey Consultants
State Senator Bill Brady, Senate Minority Leader
Justin Breen, BrEpic Communications LLC
Glenn Brooks, Chicago Police Department
Derrick Colton, Panacea Funding
State Senator John Cullerton, Senate President
Rick Doering, Doering Landscape Company
David Doig, CNI Group
Tony Duncan, Body Science PFT Inc.
The Honorable Ken Dunkin, Former IL State Rep.
State Representative Jim Durkin, House Minority Leader
Nosa Ehimwenman, Bowa Construction
Chima Enyia, Grassroots Farm
Beth Feeley, New Trier Neighbors
Kevin Feeley, McDermott Will & Emery
Corey D. Flournoy, Groupon, Inc.
Blair Garber, Project H.O.O.D. Advisory Board
Nicholas Gowen, Burke Warren MacKay Serritella PC
Julian Green, Chicago Cubs
Ja’Mal Green, Majostee Marketing Co.
Cornelius Griggs, GMA Construction Group
Steve Grotewold, HomeMend International, LLP
Hermene Hartman, Hartman Publishing Group, Inc.
Illinois State Senator Mattie Hunter, State Senator D-Chicago, 3rd
Akram Jaber, Ike’s Liquor
Maze Jackson, #MazeSaid