Honoring individuals who make a difference in the lives of children.

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About Bright Promises' Awards

Each year, Bright Promises Foundation presents three annual awards to individuals in our communities who deeply embody our mission to create opportunities for every child to thrive.

These awards are presented each year during a community celebration hosted by the Bright Promises Foundation Board of Directors. This is a fun and casual event, celebrating a distinguished individuals and organizations who deserve special recognition for their dedication to the children of Chicago. 

More than just a great party with great people, the proceeds from our annual Awards celebration provides critically important funds to support groundbreaking programs that serve the most economically disadvantaged children in Chicago. 

Awards Descriptions
(Links to nomination form below)

The Champion for Children Award is presented to a luminary individual or organization that has shown exceptional dedication in their support for at-risk children, and whose commitment and belief in building a better future for Chicago kids has helped the child-serving community attain new levels of success.

Past Champion for Children honorees include Thomas Hale (2017) and Gigi Pritzker (2016).

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the unflagging commitment of the honoree to improve the lives of vulnerable children in Illinois. This award is given to an exemplary leader whose actions, achievements and service to children stand as a model to others. Recognition is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the welfare of children and to programs benefiting disadvantaged children during his or her lifetime in a volunteer or professional capacity. 

Past honorees include Dr. Linda Gilkerson (2017), Ron Manderschied (2016), Alex Kotlowitz (2015), Bryan Samuels (2014), Marjorie Craig Benton (2013), Prudence Beidler (2012), Dr. Katherine Kaufer Christoffel (2011), Dr. Barbara Bowman (2010), Bernice Weissbourd (2009), Jerome Stermer (2008), Dr. Joseph DiCara (2007), Mark Duhon (2006), John Horan (2005)

The Ed Marciniak Bright Star Award
is given to an individual who shows great motivation, enthusiasm and promise in exemplifying our mission to benefit disadvantaged children in Illinois.  The Bright Star Award is accompanied by an honorarium of $5,000. This honorarium is to be used to further the recipient’s knowledge about and work on behalf of vulnerable children.

Past Ed Marciniak Bright Star Award honorees include Anthony Vincent Clark (2017), Maria Munoz (2016), Dominica McBride (2015), Scheherazade Tillet (2014), Eduardo Bocanegra (2013), Mariame Kaba (2013), Sarah Elizabeth Ippel (2012), Casey Holtschneider (2011), Angela Devore (2009), and Khalila Worley (2009).

About Ed Marciniak
Ed Marciniak served on the Board of Bright Promises Foundation, formerly known as the Illinois Humane Society, from 1955 until his death in 2004. Marciniak also served as president of the Institute of Urban Life at Loyola University from 1973 until 2004.  The Bright Promises Foundation Ed Marciniak Bright Star Award focuses on former Board President Ed Marciniak’s interest in reaching out to individuals early in their career and encouraging them to stay involved in the lives of children.

Submit a Nomination

Do you know someone worthy of recognition for their work on behalf of children?
Submit a nomination for the 2018 Awards via the online form below by Friday, April 20th 
Online Nomination Form: