Jared & Melissa's Wedding Donation Registry
Aug
7
to Aug 31

Jared & Melissa's Wedding Donation Registry

Thank you, Jared & Melissa!

MEF is incredibly grateful for the generosity of Jared & Melissa in sharing their wedding gifts as donations to our programs for Chicago’s low-income youth and families.

Below you will find a few items that your donation will help to purchase.

For more information or questions about how to get more involved please contact Cailie Furlong at cfurlong@midtown-metro.org or 312-738-8300 ext. 23

Other ways to give:

· One-on-One tutors with 4th-6th-grade students - These tutors serve as mentors, pairing with a student throughout the year and helping with homework while teaching skills that equip students with study skills and habits that they can use the rest of their lives. Tutors meet with their students once per week during the school year (usually a 2-hour commitment per week). Tutors also work with students (and often their families) to set and monitor weekly goals. These tutor pairs often form a bond that extends beyond the walls of Midtown or Metro and tutors often request to remain with the same student year to year, forming an even stronger bond and making a bigger impact in ensuring success for their student.

· MEF Auxiliary Board of Directors - Young professionals interested in gaining civic leadership experience while advancing the recognition and success of MEF. Auxiliary Board Members aid in planning events, volunteer recruitment and retention and fundraising. The Auxiliary Board meets monthly for 2 hours and assists with monthly events.

· Center Advancement Councils - Both Midtown Center for Boys and Metro Achievement Center for Girls have their own Advancement Council. These groups are professional men and women committed to advancing the recognition of MEF's respective centers.

· Special Interest Seminars - These one-time events are a great opportunity for professionals to directly interact with MEF students, offering career, special interest or financial advice. These seminars are generally 1-2 hours and take place in evenings during the school year and during the day for the summer program.

· Career Speakers - These one-time engagements last 1-2 hours in the evenings during the school year, and during the daytime in the summer. The speakers inform MEF students of college and career paths, real-world knowledge of career work environments, and can also engage students in interactive workshops to further expose them to their respective field.

· Tour/Career Visit Days - These trips allow MEF high school students to visit career workplaces, to see the work environment firsthand. These summer trips range from one to four hours and expose students to the rigors and expectations of the workplace.

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MEF's 28th Annual Reach for Excellence Awards Dinner
Oct
29
5:30 PM17:30

MEF's 28th Annual Reach for Excellence Awards Dinner

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019 is the date of MEF’s 28th Annual Reach for Excellence Awards Dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel, 120 East Delaware Place in Chicago. Honorees are Sally Grimes, Group President of Tyson Foods and Richard G. Scalise, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Hearthside Foods.

CAN'T MAKE THE EVENT? 

Please consider making a contribution here to the Dinner to support MEF student success!

CHECKS CAN BE MADE OUT TO MIDTOWN EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION

Please mail to:
Midtown Educational Foundation
c/o PJH & Associates, Inc.
205 West Wacker Drive, Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60606

QUESTIONS?

Please contact Terry Sullivan with questions regarding this year's dinner.


SPONSORSHIP LEVELS

HOST TABLE - $50,000

- Host of the evening with top priority seating for 10
- Recognition in program book

BENEFACTOR TABLE - $25,000

- Priority seating for 10
- Recognition in program book

PREMIER TABLE - $10,000

- Ringside seating for 10
- Recognition in program book

SPONSOR TABLE - $5,000

- Preferred seating for 10
- Recognition in program book

INDIVIDUAL RESERVATION(S) - $500 EACH


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26th Annual Golf for the Kids Outing
Aug
6
7:30 AM07:30
MEF

26th Annual Golf for the Kids Outing

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Registration


Interested in donating a golfer give-away (water bottles, towels, golf balls, etc), silent auction, or raffle?


The long drive entertainers, Steve Kois, and Nick Kiefer will be back by popular demand! Read more about them below:

Sponsorship Benefits

PLATINUM SPONSORSHIP ($15,000)

  • Brand exposure to 250+ golfers in all marketing materials leading up to, during and after the outing

  • Lead positioning on promotional signage at event registration and lunch reception

  • Special recognition during starter’s comments and by the Emcee during the lunch reception

  • Three foursomes (12 golfers) including lunch, cocktail reception and dinner *register by June 7h & receive 4 foursomes for the Platinum level!*

  • 20 complimentary raffle tickets for each golfer

  • Platinum sponsor signage on three holes

  • Logo inclusion on all marketing materials including invitation, event website, and gift bags

  • Approved marketing/promotional item included in every gift bag

  • Recognition as a major donor in the Midtown Educational Foundation annual report

GOLD SPONSORSHIP ($10,000)

  • Brand exposure to 250+ golfers in all marketing materials leading up to, during and after the outing

  • Secondary positioning on promotional signage at event registration and lunch reception

  • Special recognition during the starter’s comments and by the Emcee during the lunch reception

  • Two foursomes (8 golfers) including lunch, cocktail reception and lunch *register by June 7th & receive three foursomes for the Gold level!*

  • 10 complimentary raffle tickets for each golfer

  • Gold sponsor signage on two holes

  • Approved marketing/promotional item included in every gift bag

  • Recognition in the Midtown Educational Foundation annual report as a significant donor

SILVER SPONSORSHIP ($7,500) 

  • Brand exposure to 250+ golfers in all marketing materials leading up to, during and after the outing

  • Secondary positioning on promotional signage at event registration and lunch

  • Silver sponsor signage on two holes

  • Two foursomes (8 golfers) including lunch, cocktails and lunch *register by June 7th & receive three foursomes at the Silver level!*

  • 5 raffle tickets for each golfer

  • Recognition in the Midtown Educational Foundation (MEF) annual report

BRONZE SPONSORSHIP ($5,000)

  • Brand exposure to 250+ golfers in all marketing materials during and after the outing

  • Tertiary-level positioning on promotional signage at event registration and lunch reception

  • Bronze sponsor signage on one hole

  • One foursome including lunch, cocktails and lunch *register by June 7th & receive two foursomes for the Bronze level!*

  • 5 complimentary raffle tickets for each golfer

  • Recognition in the MEF annual report

CORPORATE FOURSOME ($2,500)

  • One foursome including breakfast, snacks on course, and lunch

  • Signage on one hole

  • Listing on the day of the event as a corporate sponsor

INDIVIDUAL FOURSOME ($1,200)

  • One foursome including breakfast, snacks on course and lunch

INDIVIDUAL TICKET ($300)

  • Round of golf including breakfast, snacks on course and lunch

COCKTAILS AND LUNCH RECEPTION ($75)

ADDITIONAL SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:

  • TURN HOUSE WITH SIGNAGE ($2,500)

  • COCKTAIL RECEPTION WITH SIGNAGE ($2,000)

  • CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST WITH SIGNAGE  ($1,000)

  • 50-FT PUTT CONTEST WITH SIGNAGE ($500)

Looking for information and on the June 17th CyrusOne Golf Outing? Visit this registration page.

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2nd Annual Midwest Golf Outing Benefiting Midtown Educational Foundation
Jun
17
7:30 AM07:30

2nd Annual Midwest Golf Outing Benefiting Midtown Educational Foundation

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THE LONG DRIVE ENTERTAINERS, STEVE KOIS AND NICK KIEFER WILL BE BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! READ MORE ABOUT THEM BELOW:

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Sponsorship Benefits

PLATINUM SPONSORSHIP ($15,000)

  • Brand exposure to 250+ golfers in all marketing materials leading up to, during and after the outing

  • Lead positioning on promotional signage at event registration and lunch reception

  • Special recognition during starter’s comments and by the Emcee during the lunch reception

  • Three foursomes (12 golfers) including lunch, cocktail reception and dinner *register by April 12th & receive 4 foursomes for the Platinum level!*

  • 20 complimentary raffle tickets for each golfer

  • Platinum sponsor signage on three holes

  • Logo inclusion on all marketing materials including invitation, event website, and gift bags

  • Approved marketing/promotional item included in every gift bag

  • Recognition as a major donor in the Midtown Educational Foundation annual report

GOLD SPONSORSHIP ($10,000)

  • Brand exposure to 250+ golfers in all marketing materials leading up to, during and after the outing

  • Secondary positioning on promotional signage at event registration and lunch reception

  • Special recognition during the starter’s comments and by the Emcee during the lunch reception

  • Two foursomes (8 golfers) including lunch, cocktail reception and lunch *register by April 12th & receive three foursomes for the Gold level!*

  • 10 complimentary raffle tickets for each golfer

  • Gold sponsor signage on two holes

  • Approved marketing/promotional item included in every gift bag

  • Recognition in the Midtown Educational Foundation annual report as a significant donor

SILVER SPONSORSHIP ($7,500) 

  • Brand exposure to 250+ golfers in all marketing materials leading up to, during and after the outing

  • Secondary positioning on promotional signage at event registration and lunch

  • Silver sponsor signage on two holes

  • Two foursomes (8 golfers) including lunch, cocktails and lunch *register by April 12th & receive three foursomes at the Silver level!*

  • 5 raffle tickets for each golfer

  • Recognition in the Midtown Educational Foundation (MEF) annual report

BRONZE SPONSORSHIP ($5,000)

  • Brand exposure to 250+ golfers in all marketing materials during and after the outing

  • Tertiary-level positioning on promotional signage at event registration and lunch reception

  • Bronze sponsor signage on one hole

  • One foursome including lunch, cocktails and lunch *register by April 12th & receive two foursomes for the Bronze level!*

  • 5 complimentary raffle tickets for each golfer

  • Recognition in the MEF annual report

CORPORATE FOURSOME ($2,500)

  • One foursome including breakfast, snacks on course, and lunch

  • Signage on one hole

  • Listing on the day of the event as a corporate sponsor

INDIVIDUAL FOURSOME ($1,200)

  • One foursome including breakfast, snacks on course and lunch

INDIVIDUAL TICKET ($300)

  • Round of golf including breakfast, snacks on course and lunch

COCKTAILS AND LUNCH RECEPTION ($75)

ADDITIONAL SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:

  • TURN HOUSE WITH SIGNAGE ($2,500)

  • COCKTAIL RECEPTION WITH SIGNAGE ($2,000)

  • CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST WITH SIGNAGE  ($1,000)

  • 50-FT PUTT CONTEST WITH SIGNAGE ($500)

Looking for information and on the August 6th MEF Golf Outing? Visit this registration page.

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Bracket for a Cause
Mar
10
to Apr 8

Bracket for a Cause

Midtown Educational Foundation Presents: Bracket for a Cause

Are you planning on filling out a bracket or two for March Madness? How about adding one more #ForTheKids?

Every year, college basketball fans fill out multiple brackets in hopes of creating the perfect upset and predicting the tournament winner. This year, Midtown Educational Foundation’s Auxiliary Board invites you to “bracket for a cause”!

Instructions:

1) Sign up below via Eventbrite (up to 10 brackets can be purchased at a time)
2) A confirmation email will be sent to you including the group password
3) Create your bracket

Prizes:

1st: $150 + 1 Ticket to the MEF Soiree on May 17th at Architectural Artifacts
2nd: $75 + 1 Ticket to the MEF Soiree on May 17th at Architectural Artifacts
3rd: Ticket to the MEF Soiree on May 17th at Architectural Artifacts

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Volunteer Appreciation Christmas Party
Dec
13
5:00 PM17:00

Volunteer Appreciation Christmas Party

Generously Sponsored by Tyson Foods!

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.

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MEF's 27th Annual Reach for Excellence Awards Dinner
Oct
29
5:30 PM17:30
MEF

MEF's 27th Annual Reach for Excellence Awards Dinner

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Monday, October 29, 2018 is the date of MEF’s 27th Annual Reach for Excellence Awards Dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel, 120 East Delaware Place in Chicago. Honorees are Kristi Ross, co-CEO and President of tastytrade and Charles W. Mulaney, Jr., Partner at Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. 

 

 

CAN'T MAKE THE EVENT? 

Please consider making a contribution here to the Dinner to support MEF student success!

CHECKS CAN BE MADE OUT TO MIDTOWN EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION

Please mail to:
Midtown Educational Foundation
c/o PJH & Associates, Inc.
205 West Wacker Drive, Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60606

QUESTIONS?

Please contact Terry Sullivan with questions regarding this year's dinner.

 

Sponsorship Levels

Host Table - $50,000

- Host of the evening with top priority seating for 10
- Recognition in program book

Benefactor Table - $25,000

- Priority seating for 10
- Recognition in program book

Premier Table - $10,000

- Ringside seating for 10
- Recognition in program book

Sponsor Table - $5,000

- Preferred seating for 10
- Recognition in program book

Individual Reservation(s) - $500 each

 

Watch: This is our City, These are our Kids

Let's be the difference for them. 2016 Reach for Excellence Awards Dinner Video. "Midtown & Metro are thriving right now and they're the best they've ever been, but there's a lot to be done yet...
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Midtown-Metro Kickball Tournament
Aug
25
9:00 AM09:00

Midtown-Metro Kickball Tournament

Join us for the 6th Annual Kickball Tournament at Lincoln Park! 

  • $30 per player
  • Registration includes all-day tournament play, a MEF swag, lunch, lawn sports and admission with specials to the afterparty at Woodie's Flat
  • 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.

Can't Make the Whole Event?

Join us for the celebration after at Woodie's Flat at 1535 N Wells St | Chicago, IL 60610

  • Beverage Specials & Fun! 
  • Wristbands $10

 

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 Registration Form to sponsor the Tournament today, or contact Cailie Furlong at cfurlong@midtown-metro.org for more details.

  • Presenting Sponsor - $3,000 | title sponsorship + a team of up to 16 players
  • Catering - $2500 | Signage at lunch & on field + a team of up to 16 players
  • Kickball Field and team - $1000  | Signage on field + a team of up to 16 players
  • Umpires - $750 | Signage on field
  • Water - $300 | Signage on field
  • Lawn Sports - $200 | Signage on field
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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 17th at 1819 N. Wood from 11am-3pm.

 

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Midtown Summer Open House
Jul
17
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 17th? Join us for Metro Achievement Center for girls' Open House on July 24th at 310 S. Peoria from 11am-3pm.

 

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Charity Class at Barry's Bootcamp
Mar
24
2:30 PM14:30
MEF

Charity Class at Barry's Bootcamp

WORK (OUT) HARD AND GIVE BACK

Join MEF’s Auxiliary Board in our very first workout event at Barry’s Bootcamp Lincoln Park!

Your $30 ticket includes:

  • 60 minute Barry’s workout
  • post-workout beverages & snacks
  • One raffle ticket for your chance to win our healthy goody bag
  • One raffle ticket for your chance to win a ticket to our 6th Annual Soirée on May 18th!

Thanks to Barry’s Bootcamp, ALL ticket proceeds will go directly to MEF’s kids!!!

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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 are $125. Read more about table sponsorships below.

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


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 academically-average 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: Sippin' with Sedgwick's
Feb
23
5:00 PM17:00
MEF

MEF Mingle: Sippin' with Sedgwick's

Join MEF Auxiliary Board Members, Midtown & Metro volunteers and MEF fans at the Winter Mingle at Sedgwick's Bar & Grill!

20% of all Lagunitas draft beers on 2/23 (and the whole week of Feb. 5-11th!) will be donated back to support MEF kids!

$10 at the door supports MEF kids and gets you free tacos 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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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:

FAQ's:

Can I bring a friend? Yes! You just need to RSVP for them separately.

What if I RSVP'd but can no longer attend? You'll be missed! Please let Chelsea Gibson (chelsea.gibson@midtown-metro.org) know to free a spot up for someone else.

What is the attire? Festive and fun holiday attire - think a notch above business casual but a notch below cocktail attire.

What are parking options?  Street parking is available, or use MEF's referral link for $10 off a Spothero parking spot for new customers.

Is there an Afterparty? Yes! Join us at Nine Muses (315 S. Halsted, 2.5 blocks west) for more merriment from 8pm on.

What will the party be like? Old and new MEF friends gathering for Christmas cheer! There will be a photobooth and a custom snapchat filter to help capture the fun. Christmas music, signature Christmas drinks at an open bar, and delicious food by Tyson & Inspired Catering and Events will make for a festive evening! Presents & Santa hats will be gifted out when you donate to support MEF kids. Keep an eye out for a raffle for great prizes, Christmas games and a chance to win a free Soiree ticket! See you there!

Learn more about how you can support MEF kids this Christmas with a gift to Midtown Educational Foundation.

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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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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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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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