150th Anniversary Awards

Elevating Youth Voices - Tuesday, October 15 | 5p-8p

Elevating Youth Voices

In 2019, Bright Promises Foundation is celebrating our 150th anniversary by amplifying the voices of the people who matter most to us – young people themselves.

In addition to our regular programs, we are launching a year-long special initiative called Elevating Youth Voices. The goal of this initiative is to provide a platform to amplify the voices of youth leaders in Metropolitan Chicago and to invest in the continued development of young people who are working actively to improve their communities.

150th Anniversary Awards
Tuesday, October 15
5:00p - 8:00p
Chicago Cultural Center
Preston Bradley Hall
78 E. Washintgon, Chicago, IL

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Next Event: 150th Anniversary Awards

Tuesday, October 15, 5p - 8p | Chicago Cultural Center Preston Bradley Hall

Elevating Youth Voices Logo

Honoring the individuals and organizations who go above and beyond to ensure every child can reach their full promise and potential:

Champion for Children Award - Judith S. Block
Judy Block's life work has been dedicated to all of Chicago’s children. She has served over 50 years in the city’s great cultural and education institutions as well as foundations and human services. Judy has been a leader in many child-centered organizations as well as personally serving as a court appointed special advocate. This year, Judy celebrates 50 years on the Board of the Chicago Child Care Society.

Lifetime Achievement Award - Dr. Dorene Wiese
Dr. Wiese has spent 50 years advocating for children, and has dedicated her life to helping American Indian families in Chicago get the education they need to survive in today's world. She founded and serves as the President of the American Indian Association of Illinois, the largest provider of tutoring, college prep, and traditional cultural dance programs for American Indian children in Chicago.

President's Award - Paul and Peggy Bodine
Paul and Peggy Bodine have been a part of the Bright Promises family for decades. Paul served as the Board President during the transformation of the Illinois Humane Society to Bright Promises Foundation and was integral in the development of our current innovative grant-making model. Paul and Peggy are both founding members of the Bright Promises Legacy Council and have served as key volunteer leaders for the 150th anniversary.

In addition to the awards presentation, guests will hear directly from the winners of the Elevating Youth Voices grants, who will share how they will use the $10,000 grant to make their communities stronger and safer.

Sponsorship opportunities
available starting at just $500. Download sponsor information here.



(In formation, as of July 2019)

Azteca Foods Inc.

Bruce and Diana Rauner

Janet and Rodger Owen Trust

Gaylord and William Gieseke

Prue and Frank Beidler

Thomas and Margot Pritzker Family Foundation

Jay and Bari Rosenbloom

Marilyn Eisenberg

Hyman and Susan Feldman Family Foundation


Sarah Stec


Dizzy Cow Candy Shop
Campus Ink
Swirlz Cupcakes

If you are interested in sponsoring the 150th Anniversary please contact Katherine Dreher Korey at katherine.dreher@brightpromises.org or at 312-704-8260.

Download the 150th Anniversary Sponsor Information Packet

150th Anniversary Committee

150th Anniversary Committee Chair
Nancy Snyder

150th Anniversary Committee
Paul Bodine
Peggy Bodine
Toni Capella
Amanda Cooper
Marilyn Eisenberg
Amanda Farag
Caroline Gibbons
Katie Lissy
Taylor Parks
Allison Youngblood

Contact us

For more information, please contact Katherine Dreher at katherine.dreher@brightpromises.org or 312-704-8260.