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Reach for Excellence Awards Dinner & 50th Anniversary Gala

  • Four Seasons Chicago 120 E Delaware Pl Chicago, IL, 60611 United States (map)

The Reach for Excellence Awards Dinner offers an opportunity to help place Chicago’s disadvantaged youth on a path to success. MEF’s after-school programs strengthen at-risk youth in both academics and character. This year, MEF is celebrating its fifty-year anniversary.

2015 Honorees: 

John R. Ettelson, President and Chief Executive Officer, William Blair & Company, L.L.C.
Aylwin B. Lewis, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Potbelly Sandwich Shop

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Event Levels

$50,000 Anniversary Committee - Host of the evening with priority seating for 10; Full page in program book; Special recognition in program book

$25,000 Host Table - Priority seating for 10; Full page in program book; Special recognition in program book

$10,000 Premier Table - Ringside seating for 10; Special recognition in program book

$5,000 Sponsor Table - Preferred seating for 10; Recognition in program book

$500 Individual Reservation(s)

Event Details


Tuesday, November 3, 2015
5:30 p.m. Reception, 6:30 p.m. Dinner
Dress: Business Attire
Event Contact:
Briana Wagner, PJH & Associates, Inc., email, phone: 312-553-2000
Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
120 East Delaware Place

About Midtown Educational Foundation

Midtown Educational Foundation (MEF) guides low-income urban youth in Chicago along pathways of success. Its proven enrichment programs embrace the dignity of the person by focusing on academic excellence, virtue development, individual attention, and parental involvement.

MEF operates through its Metro Achievement Center for girls and Midtown Center for boys in grades 4-12. Programs focus on Hispanic and African-American youth, offering after-school and summertime growth opportunities that help students of average academic ability to achieve above-average results. Programs are rooted in Catholic moral and social teaching and embrace students regardless of their religious, racial, ethnic, or familial status.

MEF’s approach can best be remembered with the help of an acronym that also describes every child it serves: “A V.I.P.”, with the “A” standing for ACADEMICS; the “V”, VIRTUES; the “I”, INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION; and the “P”, PARENTS. 

Earlier Event: October 9
Bucktown Pub Chili Cook-off
Later Event: November 17
Mentoring Chicago's Youth for Success