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Our 41st Annual Mpower the Night welcomed Board Members and nearly 400 guests back to Metropolitan Family Services with an in-person celebration of community connection!

Thank you to everyone who joined our Metropolitan Family to highlight the achievement of our families and the impact of our programs. Together, the $2 million 41st Annual Mpower the Night Gala will transform lives across our communities.

Let’s transform even more lives! Consider a contribution to empower children and families to learn, earn, heal, and thrive: https://www.metrofamily.org/Mpower

This year, the Legacy Award was presented to Ulta Beauty, for its steadfast legacy of support of Metropolitan’s staff and families. This honor recognizes an outstanding partner in community empowerment; Ulta Beauty’s extensive engagement, with the backing of Chief Operating Officer and MFS Board Member Kecia Steelman, ranges from putting together in-kind product donations, to brightening holidays with toys and meals, and beyond.

“At Ulta Beauty, we believe our business is about so much more than selling beauty products and services,” shared Dave Kimbell, CEO of Ulta Beauty, in accepting the award. “It’s this shared belief in the power of possibility that I think makes Ulta Beauty’s partnership with MFS so special. Like MFS, we are committed to helping women and families thrive.”

We were pleased to feature several musical performances, all with special connections to our communities.

  • Saxophonist Ray Silkman’s music has been a main attraction over the years at events held at our Midway and Southeast Chicago Centers.
  • Mariachi Tradición Juvenil provides opportunities for youth to carry on Mexico’s folk music culture in our Little Village and Brighton Park neighborhoods.
  • Sones de Mexico partnered with our North Center to present “Fiesta Mexicana,” a unique and immersive summer camp experience in folk music, dance, crafts, and culture.

Each element of our program celebrated the power of community connection. Our community of friends and supporters like you make it possible to empower children and families.

Thank you to all who joined us for Mpower the Night!


  • Jerry Azumah
  • Erik Barefield
  • Debra Bogo-Ernst
  • Erica Borggren
  • Erica Canzona
  • Piyush Chaudhari
  • Merle Goldblatt Cohen
  • Jennifer Comparoni
  • Marcus Cooper
  • Tanya Davis
  • Craig Esko
  • Graham Gerst
  • Amanda Graveline
  • Christy Harris
  • Daron Hines
  • Roger Hochschild
  • Tony Hunter
  • Ashley Duchossois Joyce
  • John L. MacCarthy
  • Marilyn Marchetti
  • Aleck Matambo
  • John V.N. McClure
  • Jim McDonald
  • Kate Melman
  • Martha Melman
  • Chip Owen
  • Brian Paladie
  • Diana Palomar
  • Steve Patton
  • Virginia L. Pillman
  • Richard Price
  • Michelle Ramirez
  • Barbara Rapp
  • Bryan Rozum
  • Sophia Ruffolo
  • Kecia Steelman
  • John Storino
  • David Tropp
  • Michael Vardas
  • Jonathan Vegosen
  • Kamiar Vossoughi
  • Matthew Walch
  • Jonathan Webb
  • Matthew Zimmer