Thank you for Elevating Youth Voices at the Bright Promises 2022 Awards!

November 29, 2022

Thank you for elevating youth voices at the Bright Promises 2022 Awards!

Thanks to your generous support, we raised a record-breaking amount that will allow Bright Promises and our community partners to create opportunities for tens of thousands of young people to reach their full potential, especially those who have been historically and systemically denied those opportunities.

Bright Promises will now be able to invest these dollars in children and their families in the most under-served Chicago communities. These resources will be leveraged to help children and youth develop strong social emotional skills, gain access to high-quality early childhood education, and heal from the trauma caused by racism. These investments will build the capacity of the people and organizations who are on the frontlines serving Chicago's most vulnerable youth, and drive change in the systems that shape the lives of our young people. 100% of every dollar raised will go directly to programs, making a positive impact on the lives of thousands of young people.

Congratulations again to our 2022 award recipients:

Thank you to all of the friends and supporters who joined us for the celebration for the 2022 Awards both in-person and virtually. Special thanks to our event sponsors, co-chairs Daniel Ash and Donna LaPietra, our host committee, the Bright Promises staff and Board of Directors, and all of the wonderful volunteers who helped make the 2022 Awards such a success!

Watch the 2022 Awards livestream recording


Special thanks to photographer Stephen S. Serio for generously donating your services!

Thank you to our 2022 Awards Sponsors




Helene and Aaron Paris



Gaylord and William Gieseke
Marilyn Eisenberg
Linda Gilkerson and Don Lamb
Jay and Bari Rosenbloom
Shari Runner


Scott and Emily Bishop
Andreason L Brown and Robert J Browne III

Neelamjit Dhaliwhal
Maricela Garcia
The Gaur Family
Roberta Kramer, Heritage Auctions
Ron Manderschied
Baronica Roberson
Nancy Nolden Snyder

Media Sponsor

In-Kind Sponsor

2022 Awards Host Committee


Donna LaPietra, Executive Vice President at Kurtis Productions
Daniel Ash, President, Field Foundation of Illinois

Host Committee:

Nancy Aaradema
Paul and Peggy Bodine
Dr. Barbara Bowman
Vern Broders and Francia Harrington
Jahmal Cole
Loretta Davenport
Ric Estrada
Sunny Fischer
Debbie Frisch
Dr. Linda Gilkerson
Phyllis Glink
Thom Hale
Norman Livingston Kerr
Ron Manderschied
Dr. Dominica McBride
Mark McKinley
Aaron and Helene Paris
Leslie Ramyk
Nancy Ronquillo
Jerome Stermer
Schehrezade Tillet
Kin Van Horn
Jon N. Will
Carole Wood
Allison Youngblood