ProjectHOOD is partnering with local organizations and businesses to transform a former Walgreens store into a hub focusing on economic development as an entrepreneur, career, trade and leadership center. Citgo, Manhattan Mechanical Services, the Illinois Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors and Metro Ford have joined on and ProjectHOOD is looking for more partners as the programming is expanded.
Dear Friends and Community Partners, we are excited about the development that will be spurred by the Obama Presidential Library and the $30million renovation of the Jackson Park golf course with Tiger Woods as the lead designer. We are hopeful that this development will reach the historic area of west Woodlawn.
ProjectHOOD’s programming is designed to equip youth, adults and families with the resources, skills, tools and experiences that are needed to be successful, healthy, and upwardly mobile members of society. We seek to empower, not enable. We seek to equip, not excuse. We seek to inform, not ignore.
In 1928, eighteen months before the Great Depression, Martin Ozinga, Sr., a Cook County Sheriff’s Deputy, became disenfranchised by the thin lines separating law enforcement and the law breakers and decided to go into business for himself. He and his partner purchased a piece of property and opened up a yard in the same area of Chicago where he had settled his family, Evergreen Park.
Our Gala Chairman was Michael Paulsen. The Honorary Chairs were Governor Bruce & Diana Rauner. The Honorary Co-Chairs were David Kahnweiler, Vincent Kolber, Ed Miles, Comptroller Leslie & John Munger, Julie and Senator Jim Oberweis, Marty Ozinga, Brian Simmons and the Honorable Joe and Helene Walsh. We are thankful to all that share our passion to help bring change to Chicago’s south side.
The award recipients for their outstanding support of ProjectHOOD were Metro Ford Owner Patrick Milligan, Sr., Debtstoppers Senior Partner Robert J. Semrad, State Senator and Chairman of Oberweis Dairy, Inc., Jim Oberweis, and Walgreens Regional Vice President John Grant.