SAVE THE DATE! Friday May 3, 2024
New Location, Same Heart!
See you at The Geraghty!
2520 S Hoyne Ave. Chicago, IL 60608
Each year BUILD helps more than 3,200 West Side Chicago youth and families build hope, lives, and futures—disrupting the piepline of gun violence in our city. With services like gang intervention and mental health care, out-of-school camps and college counseling, studio art and sports—we help youth develop the skills and support network they need to overcome barriers, survive, and thrive. Join us to celebrate these incredible young people, and thenpower of investing in peace!
BUILD is about the power of community, and each year we honor those who went above and beyond:
John A. Nitschke
Corporate Community BUILDer:
2023 Gala Moments
On May 5, 2023, 600 friends and supporters gathered at Chicago’s Navy Pier to celebrate the power and resilience of BUILD youth. We honored three generations of the Abbey Family as Lifetime BUILDers and scholarship donors, and youth speakers Zack and Tauri shared their own powerful stories of persistence. Alumni Abbey Tiu-Kemph revisited her experience in a gang as a teen, and how BUILD negotiated her detachment and helped her back to school.
We celebrated these lives and raised over $800,000 unrestricted for BUILD’s greatest needs. Thank you to the whole community!
Hear BUILD Youth Voices tell their stories
Alumni Address: Abbey Tiu-Kemph, MA, LCPC
Born in the Philippines, Abbey’s large family migrated to Chicago when she was eleven, in 1996. It was a challenging time for the family, and after becoming gang-involved she crossed paths with BUILD and Felix Jusino, an Intervention Specialist who would become her advocate and mentor.
Abbey eventually earned her GED, a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lewis University. Passionate about mentoring and uplifting vulnerable youth, she founded her own clinical therapy practice ‘Wounded Healers Counseling Service’, while also moving confidently into the restaurant industry through her two restaurants, “Leilani Asian Fusion” and “Little Leilani” in Aurora, IL. As an avid foodie, gardener, and mother of six, she inspires youth and communities to blossom with her fierce spirit and drive to build a better world.
Thank you to our current 2024 sponsors!
John & Christine Bakalar
Alonso / Levy
Leila Whitley Kerrigan