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Reginald Jones & Natalie Neris
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Nancy Ross (Gala Chair and Union League Boys & Girls Clubs 1st Vice President) & Phil Dodson
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Mary Ann Mahon Huels (Union League Boys & Girls Clubs President & CEO) & Matt McGill (Emcee, WVON-1690 AM radio host)
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Brooke Wiseman (Union League Club of Chicago Board President) & Dana McCormick
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The Union League Boys & Girls Clubs raised over $300,000 at their 38th Annual Gala held on November 7 at the Union League Club of Chicago. The event highlighted the organization’s deep commitment to the 13,000 at-risk youth it serves in the Pilsen, Humboldt Park, Near West Side, Bucktown, Englewood and South Lawndale communities.
“Every afternoon offers us a chance to change a child’s future and we are truly thankful for our Gala benefactors that are helping us seize that opportunity,” said Terry Hendrickson, Union League Boys & Girls Clubs board president. “Our Gala is crucial in funding our after-school programming designed to ensure success is within reach of each young person that walks through their Club doors,” added Hendrickson.
Proceeds from the Gala help change lives through after-school programming at eight club sites in Chicago. The ULBGC also operates a 247-acre summer residential camp in Salem, Wisconsin for the benefit of its Boys & Girls Clubs members. Last year the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs hosted an average 1,400 youth each weekday and served more than 143,000 after-school meals.
Gala chairperson Nancy Ross, Union League Boys & Girls Clubs board first vice president, led a team of creative volunteers who worked tirelessly to present a memorable evening for 312 guests. Attendees enjoyed an elegant dinner, dancing to sounds of the Al Sofia Orchestra and silent and live auction prizes supporting the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs.
Matt McGill, WVON-1690 AM radio host emceed the Gala. McGill is one of the country’s premier morning-drive personalities with a show that offers substantive conversation mixed with his own brand of observational humor on the Talk of Chicago radio.