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Thank you for your generosity at the 2019 Horizon Benefit

A NEW CHAPTER, A NEW HORIZON FOR YOUTH FROM FOSTER CARE

If you didn’t get to come, but you would still like to contribute, there’s never a bad time to donate!


 

Hawa Images has graciously offered all of the photos for our guests to access. Please see the full gallery here: Foster Progress Horizon Benefit

 
 

2019 HONOREES

Evans Excellence Award

In honor of Mike and Christine Evans’s extraordinary contribution to furthering the mission of Foster Progress, we are establishing the Evans Excellence Award.

Christine Evans, Legal Director at the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, has been working in the areas of public interest and human rights law for over ten years, with a focus on women’s rights and child protection.

Mike Evans is founder of Fixer.com, a “right now” handyman service in Chicago. In 2004, he founded GrubHub, guiding it through its growth and IPO in 2014. He’s also written a science fiction novel.

Mike and Christine are adoptive parents and generous supporters of Foster Progress. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to honor them!

Mike and Christine Evans

Mike and Christine Evans

Illinois State Senator, Cristina Castro

Illinois State Senator, Cristina Castro

Illinois State Representative, Chris Welch

Illinois State Representative, Chris Welch

Kyle Hillman, National Association of Social Workers

Kyle Hillman, National Association of Social Workers

James McIntyre, President of Foster Care Alumni of America, Illinois Chapter, pictured here with April Rivera-Curtis

James McIntyre, President of Foster Care Alumni of America, Illinois Chapter, pictured here with April Rivera-Curtis

2019 Advocacy Award

In recognition of their work to pass the Tuition and Fee Waiver bill in Illinois, Foster Progress will honor Kyle Hillman, James McIntyre, Senator Cristina Castro, and Representative Chris Welch with the 2019 Advocacy Award.

State Senator Cristina Castro represents the 22nd District, which includes all or part of 10 different communities located within Cook and Kane County. She is a second-generation Mexican-American and lifelong district resident who is committed to her community and to public service.

Emanuel “Chris” Welch has been a State Representative from the 7th District of Illinois since 2013. Representative Welch believes that he “will always find a way, or make one.”

After over a decade working in nonprofit and government staff/advisory positions, Kyle Hillman is recognized as a successful small business adviser, author, speaker, social media strategist, and political consultant. He currently works for the National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter, as well as advises the NASW IL Political Action Committee.

James McIntyre was placed in foster care at the age of 5, and after a failed adoption, re-entered the system at 11 years old. Now James uses his life experience to advocate for the next generation of foster youth as a contract lobbyist in the Illinois General Assembly and as the President of the Foster Care Alumni of America, Illinois Chapter.


Thank you to our sponsors!


Gold Sponsors


 
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Sheila and Charles Saporito

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Silver Sponsors


 
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bronze sponsors


Aimee and Dan Feuser

Cindy Harris

 
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Friend Sponsors


 
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Veronica Wilson

Mike and Marion Kneafsey

Thomas Reynolds