150th Anniversary Awards

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

Elevating Youth Voices

Bright Promises Foundation is celebrating our 150th year of service by elevating the voices of the people who matter most to us – young people themselves

Join us for the 150th Anniversary Awards, where Bright Promises Foundation will amplify the voices of youth leaders from across Metropolitan Chicago through youth performances and interactive displays, and invest in the continued development of young people who are working actively to improve their communities with the presentation of five $10,000 Elevating Youth Voices grants.

We will also honor philanthropic icon and lifelong advocate for children Judith S. Block, American Indian leader Dr. Dorene P. Wiese, and outstanding volunteers Peggy and Paul Bodine.

Tuesday, October 15, 5-8p
5:00 - Pre-reception
5:30 - Cocktail reception
6:30 - Awards presentation
and performances by youth leaders
Chicago Cultural Center
Preston Bradley Hall
78 E. Washintgon, Chicago, IL

Can't attend and still want to support our work?

100% of your donation goes directly to support Chicago youth leaders through the Elevating Youth Voices initiative.

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About the Honorees

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

Elevating Youth Voices Logo

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 Sept. 2019)

Azteca Foods Inc.

Bruce and Diana Rauner

Janet and Rodger Owen Trust

Gaylord and William Gieseke

Margot and Tom Pritzker Family Foundation
Aaron Paris and Helene Paris
Prue and Frank Beidler
Robert and Barbara Finley
Marshall Field V
Liz Stiffel
Marilyn Eisenberg
Jill and Grant Peters
Frederic and Nikki W. Stein
Robert and Leslie Zentner


Sarah Stec

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

Host Committee

150th Anniversary Awards Co-Chairs
Nancy Snyder
Mark Murray
Francia Harrington
Vern Broders

150th Anniversary Committee
(in formation)

Mark Bacharach
Prudence Beidler
Marjorie Craig Benton
Dr. Barbara Bowman
Gloria Castillo
Caragh DeLuca
Marshall Field V
Sunny Fischer
Rita Fry
Dr. Linda Gilkerson
Phyllis Glink
Judith Walker Kendrick
Woody McCally
Dara Munson
Janet and Rodger Owen
Neil Peck
Angelique Power
Margot and Tom Pritzker
Kandace Thomas
Suzanne Velasquez
Allison Youngblood 

Contact us

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