Soulful Sunday Hosted By Carolyn Y Adams Breast Cancer Foundation
We are proud to announce that Carolyn Y. Adams, the trailblazing Director of the Illinois Lottery who passed away in 2007 from Breast Cancer continues the innovative strives begun during her tenure as the Director of the Illinois Lottery through the foundation established in her name. It’s been 8 years since her death from breast cancer.
In her honor and recognition of what her life exemplified, the The Carolyn Y. Adams Breast Cancer Foundation was established in her honor to continue the work she had begun.
Carolyn was an an advocate “ANGEL” of Breast Cancer who expressed her concerns about her own son’s education and all children, especially to children who have lost a mother/parent and or legal guardian to breast cancer. For that reason the non-profit organization also established the What if . . . Scholarship, which provides financial scholarships to students that qualify annually in addition to its annual main Soulful Sunday event.
This year the CAROLYN Y ADAMS, SOULFUL SUNDAY celebrates it’s 7th year during the national Breast Cancer Awareness month and takes place October 18 at Niko’s located at 7600 S. Harlem, Bridgeview IL, from 3 PM to 8PM. A donation of $60 is asked.
About the Foundation
The Carolyn Y. Adams Breast Cancer Foundation was established in memory of former Illinois Lottery Director, Carolyn Y. Adams who fought for early detection and treatment equality in the battle against Breast Cancer.Although her physical life has been silenced, her words will be the perpetual echo that propels the foundation in her name. As long as people support the foundation her spirit will conitnut to live an thrive making difference other’s lives.
As a continued supporter of Breast Cancer education and Awareness, the Lottery was honored to feature the Ticket for the Cure specialty ticket at the beautiful Soulful Sunday: Music with a Purpose event.
Last year the Illinois Lottery introduced its 11th edition of its breast cancer awareness instant lottery game, Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure. This was the first lottery game of its kind in the nation, and remains the only lottery game in the U.S. benefitting breast cancer research and support services.
Since 2006, Ticket for the Cure has raised more than $10.4 million to support breast cancer research, awareness and education in Illinois. Net proceeds from the sale of the ticket are distributed by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), which provides grants that fund medical research centers and community organizations across the state. The lottery instant game launched today is expected to raise nearly $700,000 in funding.
This specialty game was renamed Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure, under legislation sponsored in 2011 by State Senator Mattie Hunter and signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn. It is named for former Illinois Lottery Superintendent (2003-2007) Carolyn Adams who shepherd the cause for breast cancer research for a cure.
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Carolyn L. Adams– The Backstory
Carolyn Adams, was Superintendent of the Illinois Lottery when she passed away eight years ago at age 44 in Chicago following a private struggle with breast cancer. She left big shoes to fill.
The trailblazer–Adams is credited with achieving three consecutive years of record sales growth for the agency. During her tenure, sales increased $403 million and profits rose $130 million. Total Lottery sales reached $1.99 billion in 2006.
Under her leadership, as head of the Illinois Lottery, the Lottery’s contribution to education increased, and overhauled the Lottery’s product portfolio through the introduction of new games and drawings, improving retailer communications, and updating technology and sales systems. Adams also oversaw the successful launch of two specialty tickets called “Ticket For The Cure” and “Veteran’s Cash.” Proceeds from these two tickets go to benefit breast cancer research, education and programs; as well as services and support programs for Veterans in Illinois.
Savvy and insightful, Adams created record sales by re-structuring the lottery’s advertising agency assignments. Twelve ad agencies competed for the $19 million general market account, which was awarded to Chicago-based Black-owned R.J. Dales Advertising & PR agency, marking the first time that an Illinois state agency had made a general market assignment to a Black owned agency. In addition the African-American ad assignment was won by Danielle-Ashley, another black owned in Chicago.
A native of the Roseland community on Chicago’s South Side, Adams spent two years at Illinois State University in Bloomington before returning to Chicago to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in communication at Columbia College. She enjoyed a successful sales and marketing career before joining state government. She was among the top sales executives for Clear Channel Communications; prior to that she served similar roles for Chicago’s WGN Radio 720 and WVON 1690 AM.
In addition to her Lottery duties, Adams was involved in a number of civic, business and educational groups. She was a member of the Chicago Urban League and the Rainbow Push Coalition, was active in Chicago’s Principal for a Day program and served as a board member of the Open Book Federation. Today her work with