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Your year-end guide to philanthropy

United Way of Metro Chicago

Did you know that nearly 880,000 people in Cook County live in poverty and that 4 out of 10 south-southwest suburban children ages 0-12 are living in poverty?

Poverty and challenges such as failing schools, high unemployment rates, access to quality health care and a high demand for basic needs support, continue to impact the Chicago region. United Way of Metro Chicago, along with our partners, volunteers, advocates and generous donors, is facing these challenges head-on and building stronger households to help stabilize communities and improve the lives of our neighbors and our region.

With so many challenges, how can United Way be successful in building stronger neighborhoods?

United Way of Metro Chicago fights for the health, education, financial stability and safety of every person in every neighborhood across the region. We go beyond single-issue solutions and temporary fixes to drive change.

How can I help United Way build a stronger Chicago region?

There is no better investment for someone who cares about greater Chicago than making a gift to United Way. Every dollar donated directly to United Way of Metro Chicago helps to develop, fund and convene agencies, programs and coalitions of individuals dedicated to creating lasting impact in our city and suburban neighborhoods. Join the fight and help us unleash the potential of greater Chicago…neighborhood by neighborhood.


(Top) Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, (right) Itzhak Perlman

DePaul University

Unveiled: A Celebration of Music at DePaul

Internationally acclaimed performers, including violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman, soprano Ana María Martínez, trumpet master Nicholas Payton, solo percussionist Evelyn Glennie and New York’s Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, will headline an 11-day music festival in November to celebrate the new Holtschneider Performance Center on DePaul University’s Lincoln Park Campus.

Named for the university’s most recent former president — the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M. — the 185,000-square-foot performance center in DePaul’s School of Music is now open for classes and concerts. It houses four public performance spaces, including the stunning 505-seat Mary Patricia Gannon Concert Hall, as well as state-of-the-art teaching studios and rehearsal spaces.

“The Holtschneider Performance Center is a finely tuned, world-class home for educating the next generation of musicians and music professionals,” said Ronald Caltabiano, a composer and dean of DePaul’s School of Music.

“This welcoming new venue also belongs to anyone with a love of music and a desire to experience breathtaking live performances. It is in this spirit that we swing open our doors and welcome Chicago to experience more than 50 events over 11 days, including the world’s stars of classical and jazz, vocal and instrumental music,” Caltabiano said.

Unveiled will also feature lectures, symposiums and film screenings, including a preview of Kartemquin’s new documentary feature Left-Handed Pianist, a panel discussion on women in music engineering led by Shure CEO Christine Schyvinck, and a conversation on the music industry between President and CEO of Ravinia Festival Welz Kauffman and iconic jazz musician Ramsey Lewis.

Individual event tickets start at just $5, and the wide range of programming promises something to suit any music lover’s interests. For tickets and additional information, visit unveileddepaul.com.

Unveiled Festival Highlights
All events take place at the Holtschneider Performance Center, 2330 N. Halsted St.
Ana María Martínez | Sunday, November 4, 2018 • 4 p.m.
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra | Tuesday, November 6, 2018 • 7 p.m.
Nicholas Payton | Friday, November 9, 2018 • 8 p.m.
Evelyn Glennie | Saturday, November 10, 2018 • 8 p.m.
Itzhak Perlman | Sunday, November 11, 2018 • 3 p.m.

Mary, Nicholas, and Nicole Brown met with Senator Bill Cunningham to advocate for Respiratory Health Association’s lung health policies.

Respiratory Health Association

Nicole Brown was at home when her one-year-old baby Nicholas began to cry. As hours passed and nothing soothed him, Nicole sought help.

At the hospital, the doctors discovered that Nicholas’ left lung had collapsed. They moved Nicholas to an isolated room to reduce the threat posed by possible infections.

Nicholas tried to scream but couldn’t due to his weak breath. Tears streamed down his face as Nicole held him. “It was awful. I didn’t want him to hurt, but I knew that I needed to keep him still for the doctors to help him,” recalls Nicole.

Tests revealed that Nicholas was not infectious and had responded well to treatments. The doctors arrived at his true diagnosis—asthma, a chronic condition that would have to be managed for the rest of his life.

Stories like Nicholas’ are all too common. More than 26 million Americans have asthma, including more than 330,000 children across Illinois.

At Respiratory Health Association we believe in a future free of lung disease. A world without asthma, lung cancer or COPD. A world with clean air, where everyone breathes easier.

Join us in our vision of healthy lungs and clean air for all at resphealth.org.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Blood cancer survivors Phoenix Bridegroom and Jackson Eddy were named the 2018 Boy and Girl of the Year of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Illinois Chapter. With their titles, these terrific young adults kept the 2018 Man & Woman of the Year candidates inspired and motivated throughout the ten-week campaign.

Phoenix is a three time survivor and Jackson just celebrated his five year anniversary of being in remission both from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

Throughout years of rigorous treatment, they remained positive and became heroes to their families and everyone they encountered. Today, they are both cancer free. The 2018 Man & Woman of the Year candidates would like to thank Phoenix and Jackson for sharing their generous spirits and supporting their fundraising efforts that resulted in a record-breaking $932,000 for LLS’s goal to create a world without blood cancer.

LLS exists to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients. For more information, visit lls.org.

Selma March, March 21-25, 1965. David Bowie, Los Angeles, California, 1974.

Illinois Holocaust Museum

Activists and Icons: The Photographs of Steve Schapiro
Special Exhibition Open October 7, 2018 – June 23, 2019

Challenging the Status Quo through the Lens of a Camera

Visitors to this exhibit will experience the civil rights movement, as well as vivid portraits of celebrities who challenged—and changed—our cultural norms. Forty-six large-format photographs tell the story of seminal moments from the March on Washington (1963) to Robert Kennedy’s presidential campaign (1968) and showcase Schapiro’s documentary approach in emotional portraits of heroes and change-makers ranging from Rosa Parks to Jackie Kennedy.” Renowned Chicago-based photographer Steve Schapiro has given history a human face as a widely published photographer for Life, Newsweek, and other publications.

Illinois Holocaust Museum
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center honors the Survivors and victims of the Holocaust and transforms history into current, relevant, and universal lessons in humanity. Through world-class exhibitions and programs, the Museum inspires individuals and organizations and provides a universal wake-up call to action: Take history to heart. Take a stand for humanity.

For more information, visit ilholocaustmuseum.org.

Catholic Charities has more than 160 programs to support anyone in need on their path to self-sufficiency. Every 30 seconds someone counts on Catholic Charities for help and hope.

Catholic Charities

Archdiocese of Chicago

In the parable of the Good Samaritan, when a man was beaten down and robbed on his way from Jerusalem to Jericho, travelers passed him by. A Samaritan, moved by compassion, took the victim to an inn and paid the cost for him to be taken care of.

Are we not all travelers on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho?

Today, that road runs through Chicago. The streets where we serve run red with the blood of children. These are OUR neighborhoods. Please don’t look away.

We are ALL neighbors in God’s eyes.

We are all on the same road of life. The poor, the hungry, the jobless, the hopeless – all beaten down. Every 30 seconds someone counts on Catholic Charities for help. Our 170 locations welcome anyone in need. The only question we ask is, “how can we help you?” Will you stop to help your neighbor in need?

Visit catholiccharities.net to learn how you can join us as Chicago’s Good Samaritan.

The Great Lakes provide endless fun and enjoyment with family and friends. But, we have more work to do before our water is safe and clean for everyone to enjoy.

Alliance for the Great Lakes

The Great Lakes touch our lives every day. Yet, we sometimes forget how important they are to our health, our economy, and our loved ones. The Great Lakes provide drinking water to millions of people. They are at the heart of the Midwest’s economy, supporting about 51 million jobs. And, they are our source of inspiration and fun with family and friends.

At the Alliance for the Great Lakes, we’re committed to keeping the Great Lakes healthy and beautiful for generations to come. We fight for policies that protect the lakes and give our supporters the tools to speak out on issues like the Asian carp threat, toxic algal blooms, and plastic pollution. Last year, our supporters sent more than 50,000 letters to government officials calling for stronger Great Lakes protections. And we involve nearly 15,000 volunteers in beach cleanups each year, keeping tens of thousands of pounds of litter out of our lakes.

But, we have more work to do before our water is safe, clean, and accessible to everyone in our region. This work is only possible when we come together.

Visit greatlakes.org to learn how you can do your part to protect the Great Lakes.

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