Over winter break, Midtown and Metro hosted events for their alumni, now in college or recently graduated. It was wonderful to see handfuls of alumni gather together as a community in the places many refer to as their “second home.”
Over 540 advocates and friends came out this past Tuesday, October 17th to support Midtown Educational Foundation (midtown-metro)! Over $1MM was raised on behalf of students and their families as Ed Wehmer of Wintrust and Kristi Savacool of Aon Hewitt were honored as some of Chicago's finest executives!
Metro high school girls learned about the hospitality industry this summer, culminating in a restaurant fair. Special thanks to Tyson Foods for funding the program.
The former director of ticket sales for the Cubs shares wisdom with Midtown 8th grade students.
Students participating in the summer business apprenticeship at Metro were treated to an amazing learning experiece at Potbelly’s corporate office in Chicago. Employees teamed up to provide an in-depth look into the many facets of Potbelly’s unique corporate culture.
A unique full-day program in Chicago, called the PRep PRogram, sponsored by the PRSA Foundation, DePaul University and MEF introduced 125 Midtown & Metro apprenticeship students to the field of Public Relations.
Most Chicagoans know, and many New Yorkers remember, Zoraida Sambolin as a successful television reporter. In Chicago, she is the Weekday Edition co-anchor of NBC5 News Today. She had a similar role with CNN in the Big Apple.
But when she addressed the crowd at Metro Advancement Council’s Twentieth Annual Luncheon at the Union League Club of Chicago, she was much more than a journalist, reporter and anchor. She was there as a woman whose life had been filled with obstacles—from serious health problems to professional challenges. She was there to talk about the importance of mentors in one’s life, and determination and dreams. And she was there to remind the audience of the importance of family.
Her poise at the podium and on television belied the personal and professional challenges she overcame.
“Fear,” she said, “can be a great motivator. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer I was in New York but knew I had to come home to Chicago to face it with family nearby.
“Life’s journeys can be bumpy and disappointing. But you learn to overcome.”
Zoraida, who has two nephews at the Midtown Center for boys, said, “the first time I walked in the door at Metro, I felt something special.” And that something has led her to be a strong supporter of the Midtown and Metro experience for the students whose poverty and academic inertia might otherwise keep them from realizing their potential.
Perhaps what’s most telling about her view on life is her NBC5 Facebook page where she describes herself as “mom, wife and breast cancer survivor” in that order.
MEF would like to thank Jim Dudas for contributing this article and photos as part of our coverage of the MAC Luncheon. To read Jim's contribution on Metro alumna, Isabel Hernandez' presentation at the Luncheon, please click HERE.
Brent Bridwell and Margaret Archibald join the MEF development team as Jody Madler moves on after 17 years of dedicated service to Chicago's urban youth.