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2017 Dinner Celebration

We invite you to join us this year at BUILD’s Annual Gala! We will be honoring the hard work of thousands of Chicago’s youth who, thanks to BUILD, are moving from despair to hope, and from dropping out of school to becoming young leaders. We would be so grateful for your leadership gift and presence at this very special event. 

You can join hundreds of enthusiastic guests who will gather at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel to hear from BUILD’s youth about the challenges they are overcoming, the successes they are achieving, and their game plans for BUILDing bright futures.

This great event will give you confidence that, despite the violence on Chicago’s streets, our youth are surviving and thriving, as they fulfill their dreams and raise our hopes for a peaceful, progressive Chicago!

For more information on sponsorship opportunities please contact, Kerry Holsinger at kerryholsinger@buildchicago.org.



BUILD meets kids where they are: In the schools, on the streets, or in the courts.  For 47 years, BUILD has been a trusted resource to youth, families, schools, the justice system and the City of Chicago.  BUILD’s programs are proven and effective, working with youth individually to help them stay in school, stay out of gangs, and plan for college or career.   As for an investment, consider BUILD’s returns:

  • 96% of BUILD’s youth are promoted to the next grade.
  • 85% of BUILD’s youth graduate from high school.
  • 94% of BUILD’s youth avoid drug use.
  • 92% of BUILD’s previously incarcerated youth avoid recidivism once they join BUILD.

And, if that isn’t enough,

  • For every dollar invested in BUILD’s after-school programs, we save the community $25 – that’s $16,000 annually per youth served. For every dollar invested in BUILD’s intensive mentoring programs for court- and gang-involved youth, we save the community $46 – that’s $92,000 annually per youth served.

We ask you: Where can you find a better investment in the future of Chicago’s youth than BUILD? We hope you will join me in supporting BUILD and celebrating the achievements of our young people. 

Please make an investment today to become a Sponsor of BUILD’s 2017 Celebration Dinner.

Individual & Corporate Opportunities For Sponsorship & Support



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BUILD will be offering live and silent auctions, and welcomes the donation of items and experiences for bidding by our guests and supporters. Each donated item will be featured in our auction listings, along with a prominent mention of each donor. Examples of items donated in the past include: Restaurant certificates /  Travel and vacations / Sport tickets and memorabilia / Fine wines / Art and jewelry Electronics / Spa and hotel packages / Theatre Tickets  or Concert Tickets. 

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If you wish to promote your business, acknowledge BUILD's work or recognize an individual, BUILD’s 2017 dinner celebration book offers the following opportunities, in addition to those included in the sponsorship packages:

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