The Midtown Educational Foundation’s (MEF) 27th Annual Reach for Excellence Dinner provided an electric energy as roughly 450 new and old friends converged at the Four Seasons on a brisk October night. The familial atmosphere was evident to each guest, mirroring the feeling one feels when walking into one of MEF’s centers. As Executive Director, Glenn Wilke, said, “what we teach at the centers, we practice at our events.”
Juan Vasquez, a Midtown alumnus and current member of MEF’s Board of Directors, recently joined the apprentices for an engaging discussion on perseverance toward one’s mission. Juan currently works for CyrusOne, a tech company that builds warehouses to house large servers which handle sensitive and important data.
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!
MEF, Midtown Center for boys, and Metro Achievement Center for girls all received The Gold Star Mentoring Program Award from the Illinois Mentoring Partnership.
John J. Conroy, Jr., immediate past Chairman of Baker & McKenzie and current Head of the Firm's Global Strategic Initiatives, will lead the board of Chicago's Midtown Educational Foundation (MEF).
MEF's 23rd Reach for Excellence Awards Dinner raised more than $750,000 toward programs for Chicago's at-risk youth!
The award, now in its 23rd year, honors individuals of strong character and integrity who lead exemplary professional and personal lives.
Chicago — Midtown Educational Foundation presented Reach for Excellence Awards to Dr. John J. Tracy of The Boeing Company, Connie and Al Herbert of Hollister Incorporated, and John G. Martin of GE Antares Capital at its 22nd Annual Dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel in October. The benefit, co-chaired by executives from Walgreens, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, ITW and others, benefited comprehensive after-school and summertime enrichment programs for 1,100 at-risk Chicago children.