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Mpower the Night Gala Raises $1.1 Million to Mpower Children & Families

Supporters of Metropolitan Family Services raised $1.1 million to benefit children and families across the Chicago area, as 450 of Chicago’s business and philanthropic leaders gathered to celebrate 161 years of “Mpowering” families at the “Mpower the Night” gala. The event took place from 6 – 11 p.m. on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N. Columbus Drive, Chicago, with Windy City Live’s Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini as co-hosts.

Highlights of this year’s event included the presentation of Metropolitan’s Second Annual Legacy Award to Maurice Smith, President of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, for his outstanding philanthropic leadership in empowering Chicago-area families. In addition, Emerson Collective and Chicago CRED Managing Partner Arne Duncan sat down with Windy City LIVE’s Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini, along with several leaders from the Metropolitan-convened Communities Partnering 4 Peace (CP4P) initiative, to discuss violence prevention efforts across Chicago.

Event proceeds benefit multiple Metropolitan Family Services’ programs and services, which empower Chicago-area children and families to learn, to earn, to heal, and to thrive.

Thanks go to Gala Chair Kecia Steelman, Chief Store Operations Officer at ULTA Beauty, as well as the event’s sponsors and Host Committee, whose generous support makes Mpower the Night possible.

For more information, visit www.metrofamily.org/events/mpower-the-night.

About Metropolitan Family Services

Metropolitan Family Services empowers families to learn, to earn, to heal, to thrive. Part mentor, part motivator, part advocate, since 1857 Metropolitan Family Services has been the engine of change that empowers Chicago-area families to reach their greatest potential and positively impact their communities. www.metrofamily.org

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