Voices for Illinois Children to Host Annual Benefit for Children and Families Across Illinois

Voices for Illinois Children, a nonpartisan, multi-issue advocacy organization, announced that its annual benefit will be held on Thursday, June 13. The event will honor various champions for children and families.

Voices for Illinois Children is committed to building better lives for children statewide.

At the event, Voices will celebrate the dedicated advocacy work of the organization and honor its partners who fight daily to improve the well-being of children, families and communities across Illinois. The benefit will feature a thought-provoking conversation titled,Race, Equity and Inclusion in Practice and Place, which will be moderated by honoree Connie Lindsey, executive vice president and head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity & Inclusion at Northern Trust.

More than half of a million children are born into poverty, and often the resources and opportunities available to them are determined simply by where they live,” said Voices For Illinois Children president, Tasha Green Cruzat. “Illinois children are our most valuable asset. From ensuring that there are increased investments in early childhood education to highlighting the racial inequities that impact healthcare and housing, now more than ever, Voices For Illinois will continue to protect, support, and uplift our children and families by advocating for investments in their future.

The annual benefit celebrates Voices’ dedication to empowering and uplifting Illinois’ children and families and honors the unwavering commitment of Connie Lindsey; Bonnie Wheeler, Voices for Illinois Children vice chair; Arne Duncan, managing partner at Chicago CRED; Kim Foxx, Cook County state’s attorney; and Joe Dominguez, chief executive officer at ComEd.

“Voices for Illinois Children has been leading the way for thoughtful, deliberate reform to protect and uplift Illinois’ most vulnerable population, our children,” said Voices for Illinois Children’s board member and annual benefit co-chair Patricia Jones Blessman, Ph.D. “It is an honor to co-chair the Voices annual benefit, which both celebrates how far we’ve come in championing Illinois’ families and allows us to forge ahead continuing our strong commitment to creating better opportunities for all children throughout the state.”

Founded in 1987, Voices for Illinois Children is the leading non-partisan advocacy organization that creates and utilizes policy research and analysis, policy advocacy, strategic communications and community engagement to advocate for and support policies and programs that improve the quality of life for children throughout Illinois. Over the past 32 years, Voices for Illinois Children has successfully advocated for a range of impactful policies including quality preschool, a fairer local tax system and health insurance for low-income families.

The benefit will be held at IIDEA 25, 111 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 222, and will begin at 6 p.m. Hosted by media personality Rob Johnson, the event will welcome guests to enjoy cocktails, dinner, raffles and an engaging conversation for a great cause. It will be co-chaired by longtime advocates for children and families, Patricia Jones Blessman, Ph.D., Wheeler Coleman and Harold Rice Jr.

The Voices for Illinois Children benefit is made possible by the generous support of Nicor Gas, PNC Bank, Ariel Investments, the Irving Harris Foundation, Bonnie and Steve Wheeler, Lorraine Barba, Miriam Kelm and Patricia Jones Blessman, Ph.D.

For more information, please visit www.voicesforillinoischildren.app.rsvpify.com.

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