Volunteer Appreciation Christmas Party
Dec
12
5:00 PM17:00
MEF

Volunteer Appreciation Christmas Party

Generously Sponsored by Tyson Foods!

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Join fellow Midtown & Metro friends, volunteers, and alumni at the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Party! Bring a friend or colleague who is interested in learning more about MEF! 

Enjoy a complimentary evening of food, drinks, and music with MEF friends, volunteers and Board, Auxiliary Board and Advancement Council Members.

The event is complimentary for anyone who RSVPs by December 6th. Each guest must RSVP individually:

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MAC Luncheon with Kathrine Switzer
Mar
2
11:00 AM11:00

MAC Luncheon with Kathrine Switzer

Join 400 guests from Chicago’s civic & corporate community in supporting Metro students to develop and grow as leaders!

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Friday, March 2, 2018
Union League Club of Chicago

Keynote Speaker: Kathrine Switzer
1st woman to officially run the Boston Marathon

Individual tickets will go on sale mid-December. Sign up below to receive an invitation.

Sponsorship Opportunities

PRESENTING SPONSOR: $10,000

Includes the purchase of one V.I.P. table for ten, premier photo and greeting opportunity with Kathrine, recognition displayed in Metro Achievement Center for 2018 year, recognition on the MEF website and marketing emails, presenting sponsor recognition on cover of event invitation, event signage and verbal comments during event presentation. 

GOLD SPONSOR: $5,000

Includes the purchase of one prime table for eight, recognition on the MEF website and marketing emails, sponsorship recognition in event invitation, event signage and verbal comments during event presentation.

SILVER SPONSOR: $2,500

Includes the purchase of a premium table for eight, sponsorship recognition in event invitation, event signage and verbal comments during event presentation.

BRONZE SPONSOR: $1,000

Includes the purchase of a table for eight and recognition of support through event signage

POWER SNEAKER SPEAKER SPONSOR: $800

Includes two tickets to the event, signage and brand recognition during the book signing and opportunity to give samples/promotion to all guests (400) either in person or from MEF to the event’s email audience (2,000+).

Individual Tickets: $125

Individual tickets will go on sale mid-December.


Register now as a Sponsor of the 2018 MAC Luncheon!

Or download the registration form here and mail it with a check made out to Midtown Educational Foundation.

Questions? Contact Margaret Archibald
p: (312) 738-8302 | e: Email Margaret

Your support will help fund:

  • A safe summer program for Chicago’s low-income, academically average performing 4th-12th grade students. At Metro for girls (and our brother program Midtown for boys), kids find caring mentors, academic enrichment, character education classes and sports & field trips that provide countless fun summer memories. Metro offers girls an alternative to the streets that will guide them onto pathways of success.
  • Afterschool tutoring and mentoring for low-income youth from schools all across the city. Students are paired with a caring volunteer mentor and work with the same role model weekly. In addition to academic enrichment, students participate in Character Education classes where they learn about human virtues like respect, service, generosity, integrity and responsibility. Individual goal setting reinforces the lessons learned in the character classes. Extracurricular and fitness classes round out the holistic school year experience.
  • A parenting program for MEF parents that offers classes and seminars to help them become leaders in their home and raise happy, healthy kids.
  • Parents pay approximately 10% of what the programs cost. Generous sponsors make up the difference. Thank you in advance for your support!
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MEF Mingle: Old Town Social
Nov
16
6:00 PM18:00
MEF

MEF Mingle: Old Town Social

Join MEF Auxiliary Board Members, Midtown & Metro volunteers and MEF fans at the Fall Mingle at Old Town Social!

$10 at the door supports MEF kids and gets you a $4 beers/$5 glasses of wine, $5 burgers and an entry to win a free Soiree ticket (Save-the-date: Friday, May 18, 2018!)

Bring a friend who might be interested in volunteering, or supporting MEF kids through MEF events.

Stay up to date with the Auxiliary Board here or on MEF's social media channels!

 
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Oct
20
5:30 PM17:30

Bucktown Pub Chili Cook-Off

Join Midtown, Metro, and the Bucktown community as we raise money to assemble and deliver Christmas Baskets full of a holiday meal and presents for families in need this Christmas.

Local bars and restaurants will compete for the prize for the winning chili, but everyone will win as we bring the community together to help those less fortunate this Christmas!

Tickets are $15 in advance online, and $20 the day-of and at the door. Enter the raffle at the event for a chance to win awesome prizes and a 50/50 cash prize!

Presales for the event are now closed. Tickets will be available at Bucktown Pub for $20.

Can't make the event? You can still contribute toward the Christmas Basket Project here.

Enjoy Chili Entries...

...from these local bars & restaurants

Links Taproom
Cortland's Garage
Haymarket
Butcher and Larder
DMK Restaurant Group
Bangers & Lace
Map Room
Native Rituals
Empirical Brewing
Mable's Table
Dark Matter Coffee Brewery

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Midtown-Metro Kickball Tournament
Sep
9
9:00 AM09:00
MEF

Midtown-Metro Kickball Tournament

Join us for the 5th Annual Kickball Tournament at Lincoln Park! 

  • $50 per player
  • Registration includes all-day tournament play, an MEF t-shirt, lunch, lawn sports and admission with specials to the afterparty at Ranalli's
  • Teams must have 12-16 players and must have at least 4 girls. 
  • Please indicate your team captain when you register or indicate that you are registering a partial team.

If you are registering your team under your company's name, please use the Organization Registration Form here.

SPONSORSHIPS

All sponsors will get name and logo recognition at the event, in email, on MEF's website and social media channels. A "Kickball Field & Team Sponsor" will get a team of 12-16 players + name and logo recognition on one of the tournament's four fields.

Use the Organization Registration Form to sponsor the Tournament today, or contact Chelsea Gibson for more details.

  • Presenting Sponsor - $3,000 | title sponsorship + a team of up to 16 players
  • Food - $2500
  • Kickball field AND team - $1500
  • Kickball field - $1000/field
  • Umpires - $1000
  • Water - $500
  • Lawn Sports - $500
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Metro Summer Open House
Jul
24
11:00 AM11:00

Metro Summer Open House

You're Invited!

Midtown Educational Foundation's Summer Open Houses

Come see Metro Achievement Center for girls in action and learn about how you can help guide Chicago's low-income youth onto pathways of success.

  • Take a tour of the center and see Metro's award-winning summer enrichment program as over 400 girls enjoy hands-on classroom activities, high school apprenticeships, sports, art, character education and more
  • Meet current staff, students and Metro Advancement Council members
  • Learn about MEF's model and discover ways you can make a difference in the lives of Chicago youth

Can't make it on the 24th? Join us for Midtown Center for boys' Open House on July 11th at 1819 N. Wood from 11am-3pm.

 

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Midtown Summer Open House
Jul
11
11:00 AM11:00

Midtown Summer Open House

You're Invited!

Midtown Educational Foundation's Summer Open Houses

Come see Midtown Center for boys in action and learn about how you can help guide Chicago's low-income youth onto pathways of success.

  • Take a tour of the center and see Midtown's award-winning summer enrichment program as over 400 boys enjoy hands-on classroom activities, high school apprenticeships, sports, character education and more
  • Meet current staff, students and Midtown Advancement Council members
  • Learn about MEF's model and discover ways you can make a difference in the lives of Chicago youth

Can't make it on the 11th? Join us for Metro Achievement Center for girls' Open House on July 24th at 310 S. Peoria from 11am-3pm.

 

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MEF Mingle: Ranalli's
Jul
5
6:00 PM18:00
MEF

MEF Mingle: Ranalli's

Join MEF Auxiliary Board Members, Midtown & Metro volunteers and MEF fans at the July Mingle at Ranalli's!

$10 at the door supports MEF kids and gets you a free drink. 

Bring a friend who might be interested in volunteering, or supporting MEF kids through various summer events.

Stay up to date with the Auxiliary Board here or on MEF's social media channels!

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2017 Golf for the Kids Outing
Jun
19
9:30 AM09:30
MEF

2017 Golf for the Kids Outing

  • 36-hole White Pines Golf Club in Bensenville, IL (map)
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We will see you soon at MEF's second largest fundraising event of the year! This year's event will take place at a NEW VENUE, 36-hole White Pines Golf Club in Bensenville, IL. 

Contact Chelsea Gibson (email) at 832.216.6400 with questions.

Your support will help fund:

  • A safe summer program for more than 800 of Chicago’s low-income, academically average performing 4th-9th grade students. At Midtown & Metro, kids find caring mentors, academic enrichment, character education classes and sports & field trips that provide countless fun summer memories. Midtown & Metro offer kids an alternative to the streets that will guide them onto pathways of success.
  • Eight professional apprenticeships for High School students in Law, PR, Engineering, Business, Hospitality and Architecture! Each apprenticeship is a cohort of 15-18 students who are immersed in hands-on learning experiences in an industry. The apprenticeships are conducted with the expectations of a workplace; students receive a small stipend and produce a capstone project.
  • A parenting program for the parents of MEF kids that offers classes and seminars to help them become leaders in their home and raise happy, healthy kids. 

Thank you to our 2017 Golf Outing Sponsors

Gold Sponsors:

Silver Sponsors:

Bronze Sponsors:


Sponsorship Levels

Platinum Star Sponsorship ($15,000)

  • Brand exposure to 200+ golfers in all marketing materials leading up to, during and after the outing
  • Lead positioning on promotional signage at event registration and dinner
  • Special recognition during starter’s comments and by the MC during the dinner
  • Four foursomes (16 golfers) including cocktail reception and dinner
  • 20 complimentary raffle tickets for each golfer
  • Platinum sponsor signage on four holes (one every nine holes on the 36-hole course)
  • Logo inclusion on all marketing materials including invitation, event website, registration forms, gift bags, and thank you letters
  • Approved marketing/promotional item included in every gift bag
  • Full-page four-color ad in program book day of the event
  • Recognition as a major donor in the Midtown Educational Foundation annual report

Gold Star Sponsorship ($10,000)

  • Brand exposure to 200+ golfers in all marketing materials leading up to, during and after the outing
  • Secondary positioning on promotional signage at event registration and dinner
  • Special recognition during the starter’s comments and by the MC during the dinner
  • Three foursomes (12 golfers) including cocktail reception and dinner
  • 10 complimentary raffle tickets for each golfer
  • Gold sponsor signage on three holes
  • Logo inclusion on all marketing materials including invitation, event website, registration forms, gift bags, and thank you letters
  • Approved marketing/promotional item included in every gift bag
  • Half-page full-color ad in program book day of the event
  • Recognition in the Midtown Educational Foundation annual report as a significant donor

Silver Star Sponsorship ($7,500) 

  • Brand exposure to 200+ golfers in all marketing materials leading up to, during and after the outing
  • Secondary positioning on promotional signage at event registration and dinner
  • Silver sponsor signage on two holes
  • Two foursomes (8 golfers) including lunch, cocktails and dinner
  • 5 raffle tickets for each golfer
  • Quarter-page full-color ad in program book day of the event
  • Recognition as a special donor in the MEF annual report

Bronze Star Sponsorship ($5,000)

  • Brand exposure to 200+ golfers in all marketing materials during and after the outing
  • Tertiary-level positioning on promotional signage at event registration and dinner
  • Bronze sponsor signage on one hole
  • One foursome including lunch, cocktails and dinner *register by Friday April 7th & receive two foursomes for the Bronze level!*
  • 5 complimentary raffle tickets for each golfer
  • Recognition in the MEF annual report
  • Listing in the program book day of the event as a corporate sponsor

Corporate Foursome ($2,500)

  • One foursome including lunch, cocktails and dinner
  • Signage on one hole
  • Listing in the program book day of the event as a corporate sponsor

Individual Foursome ($1,200)

  • One foursome including lunch, cocktails and dinner

Individual Ticket ($300)

  • Round of golf including lunch, cocktails and dinner

Cocktails and Dinner ($75)

Additional Sponsorship Opportunities:

  • Luncheon Grill with Signage ($2,500)

  • Cocktail Reception with Signage ($2,000)

  • Continental Breakfast with Signage($1,000)

  • 50-foot Putt Contest with Signage ($500)

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MEF Mingle: Benchmark
Jun
5
6:00 PM18:00
MEF

MEF Mingle: Benchmark

Join MEF Auxiliary Board Members, Midtown & Metro volunteers and MEF fans at the June Mingle at Benchmark!

$10 at the door supports MEF kids and gets you a free drink. 

Bring a friend who might be interested in volunteering, or supporting MEF kids through various summer events.

Stay up to date with the Auxiliary Board here or on MEF's social media channels!

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MEF Spring Soiree
May
19
7:00 PM19:00

MEF Spring Soiree

Join the Midtown Educational Foundation Auxiliary Board on Friday, May 19th for the 5th Annual Soiree at Architectural Artifacts, (4325 N Ravenswood Ave | 60613) from 7pm-11pm:

  • Live music by David Rothstein Music
  • Food stations & heavy passed appetizers by Inspired Catering & Events
  • Open Bar with beer, wine and cocktails
  • Spectacular event spaces with unique architectural antiques
  • Grand Raffle Prize! $5,000 cash (tickets available in advance and at the event.)
  • 2nd Place Prize: 4 all-inclusive suite tickets to the 5/25 Cubs vs. Giants game (3 winners!)

Raffle Tickets: 1 for $25 | 5 for $100
Soiree Tickets: $100 in advance ($125 the week of (starting 5/15) and at the door.)

Learn more about the raffle here.
Read the grand prize terms and conditions.
Read the second place prize rules here.

Sponsorships available! Contact Chelsea Gibson for more details.

Special thanks to our Gold Sponsor, Riveron Consulting!

Thank you to our Silver Sponsors:

Bronze Sponsors

Canpango & Evanston Capital Management

Thank you to our event sponsors Adiat Baker, Alpha Baking Company, Geoffery Euston, The Eldridge Group and Telnyx!

Sponsorship Levels

Presenting Sponsor: $10,000

  • Title Sponsorship anytime the event is mentioned: “MEF Soiree, Presented by [sponsor]”
  • Tickets for up to 20 guests to attend
  • Your logo prominently displayed on event signage and stage background
  • Your name and logo on all promotional materials, social media and MEF website

Gold Sponsor: $5,000

  • Listed as a Gold Sponsor on all event materials
  • Tickets for up to 10 guests to attend
  • Your logo prominently displayed on event signage and stage background
  • Your name and logo on all promotional materials, social media and MEF website

Silver Sponsor: $2,500

  • Listed as a Silver Sponsor on all event materials
  • Tickets for up to 8 guests to attend 
  • Your logo prominently displayed on event signage
  • Your name and logo on all promotional materials, social media and MEF website

Bronze Sponsor: $1,000

  • Listed as a Bronze Sponsor on all event materials
  • Tickets for up to 4 guests to attend
  • Your logo displayed on event signage
  • Your name and logo on all promotional materials, social media and MEF website

Event Element Sponsorship Opportunity: $500

  • Opportunity to sponsor one aspect of the event i.e. “Courtyard presented by [your company’s name here].”
  • Choose from appetizers, courtyard, desserts, signature cocktails (2), food stations
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20th Annual Metro Advancement Council Luncheon
May
5
11:30 AM11:30
MEF

20th Annual Metro Advancement Council Luncheon

The Metro Advancement Council invites you to the Twentieth Annual Luncheon benefiting Chicago’s Metro Achievement Center for girls


Zoraida Sambolin
Keynote Speaker
Weekday Edition Co-anchor of NBC5 News Today

As the first Chicago on-air broadcaster to work at both English and Spanish language stations simultaneously, Zoraida broke new ground for Latinos in the No. 3 market in the country. An Emmy-winning journalist, she has won numerous awards for her work on two parenting programs created for cable distribution. Zoraida is a long-time champion of Chicago's at-risk youth and serves on the board of Midtown Educational Foundation.

Zoraida will share her life story and career with luncheon guests. It is sure to be an engaging address as she speaks about the perseverance needed to succeed amidst the challenges she faced as a Latina woman and academically-average student growing up in Chicago.

For more information and sponsorship opportunities, contact Chelsea Gibson (email) at 312.738.8300 x 23.

Sponsorship Levels

PRESENTING SPONSOR: $10,000

Includes the purchase of one V.I.P. table for eight, recognition displayed in Metro Achievement Center for 2017 year, recognition on the MEF website, presenting sponsor recognition on cover of event invitation, event signage and verbal comments during event presentation. 

GOLD LEVEL SPONSORSHIP: $5,000

Includes the purchase of one V.I.P. table for eight, recognition on the MEF website, sponsorship recognition in event invitation, event signage and verbal comments during event presentation.

SILVER LEVEL SPONSORSHIP: $2,500

Includes the purchase of a prime table for eight, sponsorship recognition in event invitation, event signage and verbal comments during event presentation.

BRONZE LEVEL SPONSORSHIP: $1,000

Includes the purchase of a premium table for eight and recognition of support through event signage.

INDIVIDUAL TICKET: $75


The Metro Achievement Center promotes the personal and educational development of Chicago’s inner-city girls, in part through their exposure to professional women in Chicago.

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MEF Mingle: Sippin' with Sedgwick's
Mar
10
6:00 PM18:00
MEF

MEF Mingle: Sippin' with Sedgwick's

Spring Mingle at Sedgwick's!

Join the MEF Auxiliary Board on Friday, March 10

Come meet fellow volunteers, MEF fans and supporters. We ask for a $10 donation at the door to support MEF kids, and we will be raffling off one ticket to the 5th Annual MEF Soiree!

Be sure to order a beer from Pipeworks brewery...

For the whole month of March, MEF kids will benefit from the #SippinwithSedgwicks partnership: 20% of all Pipeworks brewery beers sold will be donated back to MEF!

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Volunteer Appreciation Christmas Party
Jan
5
5:30 PM17:30
MEF

Volunteer Appreciation Christmas Party

Join MEF on the top floor of the State Street Macy's for our annual Volunteer Appreciation Christmas Party to celebrate the generous gift of time and talent from over 300 MEF volunteers! Past, present and potential volunteers welcome at this complimentary evening of food, drinks, and merriment. 

The centers will present the 2016 Volunteer of the Year Awards!

For those planning to drive, MEF will have discounted parking passes (thanks to Interpark) for the garage across the street from Macy's (20 E. Randolph). Validation stickers for discounted $16 parking passes (normally $40) will be available at the event registration table!

Online registration for the Volunteer Appreciation Christmas Party is now closed. Guests who have not RSVP'd may still attend, but will be asked to pay $20 at the door.



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4th Annual Chili Cookoff
Oct
14
5:00 PM17:00

4th Annual Chili Cookoff

Chili Cookoff tickets: $20 at the door

 

 

Organized by our friends over at the Bucktown Pub, the annual Chili Cookoff is back for the fourth year to raise money to fund Midtown's Christmas Basket Project!

On behalf of the families that received a Christmas basket, Hope at St. Pius parish would like to thank you for your generosity and thoughtful gesture!
— Christmas Basket Recipient

In the days leading up to Christmas, a team of Midtown staff and volunteers stuff and deliver over 325 baskets to families in need of food, clothes and toys at Christmastime. Some are MEF families, but many of the baskets to go other families in need in the communities that MEF serves.

Come by the pub for all you can eat chili, drink specials, raffles and more. Neighboring restaurants and bars compete to make the best chili. The Cookoff is a unique opportunity for local restaurants and businesses in Bucktown to come together for a common good cause!

Will Cortland Garage win the trophy for the third year in a row? Come, taste, cast your votes and find out!

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MEF Mingle: Old Town Social
Jul
27
5:30 PM17:30
MEF

MEF Mingle: Old Town Social

Join MEF Auxiliary Board Members, Midtown & Metro volunteers and MEF fans at the July Mingle at Old Town Social!

$10 at the door supports MEF kids and gets you a free drink. If it's nice, we'll be on the patio!

Bring a friend who might be interested in volunteering, or supporting MEF kids through various summer events.

Stay up to date with the Auxiliary Board here or on MEF's social media channels!

 
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Kendra Scott Give Back Day
Jul
14
5:00 PM17:00
MEF

Kendra Scott Give Back Day

Join MEF's Auxiliary Board and the Metro Advancement Council for an evening of champagne and jewelry! Kendra Scott will donate 20% of all sales during 5-7pm to support MEF kids!

Bring a friend or two!

You can also call into the store during that window of time and place an order to benefit MEF: (312) 281-6760 View their full jewelry collection here: www.kendrascott.com

Questions? Email Chelsea.

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MEF Mingle: Lizzie McNeill's
Jun
29
5:30 PM17:30
MEF

MEF Mingle: Lizzie McNeill's

Join MEF Auxiliary Board Members, Midtown & Metro volunteers and MEF fans at the June Mingle at Lizzie McNeill's riverside Irish Pub!

$10 at the door supports MEF kids and gets you a free drink.

Bring a friend who might be interested in volunteering, or supporting MEF kids through various summer events.

Stay up to date with the Auxiliary Board here or on MEF's social media channels!

 
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