Our 4th Annual Gala

Programming Support from Our 4th Annual Gala

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On Friday, May 5, 2017, Project H.O.O.D. held its 4th Annual Gala at Galleria Marchetti in downtown Chicago.

The elegant evening of dinner, an award ceremony and dancing was dedicated to supporting the programming of Project H.O.O.D. in the new Leadership and Economic Opportunity Center at 6330 S. King Drive.

Sponsors, friends and supporters of Project H.O.O.D. filled the venue to capacity and a great time was had by all.

 

Dinner Program

Our Master of Ceremonies was Mr. Cornelius Griggs, President of GMA Construction Group.  

Our Master of Ceremonies was Mr. Cornelius Griggs, President of GMA Construction Group.

 

Pastor Corey B. Brooks, Executive Director of Project H.O.O.D. states accomplishments, work and goals of Project H.O.O.D. and new programming for the Leadership and Economic Opportunity Center.

Pastor Corey B. Brooks, Executive Director of Project H.O.O.D. states accomplishments, work and goals of Project H.O.O.D. and new programming for the Leadership and Economic Opportunity Center.

Honorary Gala Chairman, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, stayed for the entire evening and delivered remarks in support of Project H.O.O.D. Governor Rauner was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Diana Rauner who was also an Honorary Gala Chairman.

Honorary Gala Chairman, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, stayed for the entire evening and delivered remarks in support of Project H.O.O.D. Governor Rauner was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Diana Rauner who was also an Honorary Gala Chairman.

The fun and lively auctioneer was Michael D. Paulsen, Senior Vice President of Lockton Companies.

The fun and lively auctioneer was Michael D. Paulsen, Senior Vice President of Lockton Companies.

Welcoming remarks were given by Gala Host Committee Chairman Marty Ozinga, IV, President of Ozinga Bros, Inc.

Welcoming remarks were given by Gala Host Committee Chairman Marty Ozinga, IV, President of Ozinga Bros, Inc.

Former NBA Player Bobby Simmons announces a $1million matching gift for Project H.O.O.D. from his Rising Stars Endowment in partnership with former NBA Player Steve Francis and the Steve Francis Foundation.  

Former NBA Player Bobby Simmons announces a $1million matching gift for Project H.O.O.D. from his Rising Stars Endowment in partnership with former NBA Player Steve Francis and the Steve Francis Foundation.

 

Steve Pemberton, Walgreens Boots Alliance Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer discussed the new facility donated to Project H.O.O.D. for its remarkable work in the Woodlawn community.

Steve Pemberton, Walgreens Boots Alliance Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer discussed the new facility donated to Project H.O.O.D. for its remarkable work in the Woodlawn community.

One of the auction winners!

One of the auction winners!

Award Ceremony

Project H.O.O.D. recognized our Volunteer of the Year, Mentor of the Year, Mentee of the Year, Program of the Year and Partner of the Year.

Project H.O.O.D. recognized our Volunteer of the Year, Mentor of the Year, Mentee of the Year, Program of the Year and Partner of the Year.

Volunteer of the Year - Michelle Hubbard Michelle Hubbard was one of our adult volunteers at our Free Summer Camp and she was the first to arrive each day and the last to leave. Michelle worked 10 long weeks without any pay yet worked as if she was earning millions of dollars. Her work and love were evident to all and she made sure each child had a great summer.

Volunteer of the Year - Michelle Hubbard

Michelle Hubbard was one of our adult volunteers at our Free Summer Camp and she was the first to arrive each day and the last to leave. Michelle worked 10 long weeks without any pay yet worked as if she was earning millions of dollars. Her work and love were evident to all and she made sure each child had a great summer.

Mentor and Mentee of the Year: Alfred Creamer and Deshawn Foster Alfred was responsible for mentoring Deshawn. He made sure that Deshawn got into a drug treatment program for teens after years of using drugs. He picked Deshawn up every weekend, got his hair cut and made sure he had someone to talk to. He took him to see his family every week and made sure he got back to ProjectCHOICES on time and on schedule. Seventeen-year-old Deshawn Foster successfully completed his drug treatment program and even after, he stayed in ProjectCHOICES as an active participant. He attends every week while and, at the same time, he is working hard to complete his high school diploma

Mentor and Mentee of the Year: Alfred Creamer and Deshawn Foster

Alfred was responsible for mentoring Deshawn. He made sure that Deshawn got into a drug treatment program for teens after years of using drugs. He picked Deshawn up every weekend, got his hair cut and made sure he had someone to talk to. He took him to see his family every week and made sure he got back to ProjectCHOICES on time and on schedule.

Seventeen-year-old Deshawn Foster successfully completed his drug treatment program and even after, he stayed in ProjectCHOICES as an active participant. He attends every week while and, at the same time, he is working hard to complete his high school diploma

Partner of the Year - Manhattan Mechanical Manhattan Mechanical Services partnered with Project H.O.O.D. and has worked diligently to enroll our folks into their construction boot camp. Manhattan Mechanical has offered these candidates a great opportunity to move them into a successful and fruitful livelihood. Pictured is Mike Uremovich, Owner of Manhattan Mechanical Services.

Partner of the Year - Manhattan Mechanical

Manhattan Mechanical Services partnered with Project H.O.O.D. and has worked diligently to enroll our folks into their construction boot camp.

Manhattan Mechanical has offered these candidates a great opportunity to move them into a successful and fruitful livelihood. Pictured is Mike Uremovich, Owner of Manhattan Mechanical Services.

Former NBA Player Steve Francis presents $1million matching gift in partnership with Former NBA Player Bobby Simmons to Project H.O.O.D.

Former NBA Player Steve Francis presents $1million matching gift in partnership with Former NBA Player Bobby Simmons to Project H.O.O.D.

Program of the Year - REFUGE Every Friday night since January of 2016, we consistently host between 100-200 kids, giving them a safe space to fellowship, hear music and receive constructive counseling. Since the start of the program, we have been able to see over 2,000 kids come into our program. Accepting on behalf of Refuge, is Pastor James Olawabi.

Program of the Year - REFUGE

Every Friday night since January of 2016, we consistently host between 100-200 kids, giving them a safe space to fellowship, hear music and receive constructive counseling. Since the start of the program, we have been able to see over 2,000 kids come into our program. Accepting on behalf of Refuge, is Pastor James Olawabi.

Mentor and Mentee of the Year - David Rice and Hasani Howard For over a year, David Rice (not pictured) has been responsible for making sure he is actively engaged in Hasani Howard’s life. He makes sure Hasani is picked up and dropped off and he spends quality time with him on a consistent basis. Hasani Howard is 17 and is the most faithful attendant of all the students. He is the most consistent and is doing remarkably better at home and school. In fact, all areas of his life are drastically improved.

Mentor and Mentee of the Year - David Rice and Hasani Howard

For over a year, David Rice (not pictured) has been responsible for making sure he is actively engaged in Hasani Howard’s life. He makes sure Hasani is picked up and dropped off and he spends quality time with him on a consistent basis.

Hasani Howard is 17 and is the most faithful attendant of all the students. He is the most consistent and is doing remarkably better at home and school. In fact, all areas of his life are drastically improved.

Partner of the Year - Tawani Foundation The Tawani Foundation partnered with us and helped us accomplish one of our biggest goals - making sure we have a business plan for our future center. They also hired one of the best firms in the country to complete it, Plant Moran.

Partner of the Year - Tawani Foundation

The Tawani Foundation partnered with us and helped us accomplish one of our biggest goals - making sure we have a business plan for our future center. They also hired one of the best firms in the country to complete it, Plant Moran.

Former NBA Player Bobby Simmons presents $1million matching gift in partnership with Former NBA Player Steve Francis to Project H.O.O.D. Their organizations are the Steve Francis Foundation and the Rising Stars Endowment.

Former NBA Player Bobby Simmons presents $1million matching gift in partnership with Former NBA Player Steve Francis to Project H.O.O.D.

Their organizations are the Steve Francis Foundation and the Rising Stars Endowment.

We Recognize and Give Thanks for Our Sponsors Who Make All the Difference In Our Work

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We invite you to partner with Project H.O.O.D. and help us to make this a better city for all.

Donate to Project H.O.O.D. Today!

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