Chicago Benefit Dinner

Thank you to the over 600 people who joined us on Wednesday, April 26th for Facing History’s 2017 Chicago Benefit Dinner!

With expert guidance from emcee Shannon Cason, we heard personal stories from students, teachers, staff, and board about pivotal moments in their lives. Through each story ran a common thread: Facing History empowers people to examine their own identities, consider the choices they make, and become upstanders, changing their communities for the better.

Thanks to Benefit Co-Chairs Stacy Sharpe and Lamont Jones along with a generous group of Advisory Board members we challenged the room to reach 60% participation, with an opportunity to receive an additional $100,000 if we reached that goal. We are thrilled to announce that not only did we reach our goal, we surpassed it with 62%! Thank you for your incredible support!

Though we’ve already reached this goal, there is still so much work to be done. Facing History has set ambitious goals to quadruple the number of students that we reach over the next five years. If you have not yet made a donation, it is not too late! Your gift will help bring Facing History to more schools in the Chicago area and around the world.

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When & Where

Stay tuned for information on the 2018 Chicago Benefit Dinner!

Keynote Speaker

Shannon Cason has shared his stories all over the country. Shannon is a host, MainStage storyteller and GrandSlam champion with The Moth. He is a regular on WNYC’s Snap Judgment; awarded their Best Performance of 2013. He has appeared on countless podcasts and storytelling stages, including TEDx, RISK!, Third Coast Festival, Podcast Movement, and an upcoming television pilot. He also hosts his own storytelling podcast, Shannon Cason’s Homemade Stories, which partnered with WBEZ Chicago for the 2014-2015 season. Recently, Shannon and WBEZ released a one-hour public radio special titled, The Struggle is Real, which has aired on stations around the country. His storytelling is featured in the new anthology, The Moth Presents: All These Wonders. Shannon serves as the chief educator for the Brutally Honest Storytelling workshop series. He is a husband, father, and is originally from Detroit.

Our Work in Chicago

Demand for Facing History's professional development from teachers is at its highest in our 25 years of service in Chicago. Adding to our work across the region, our new Partner School initiative both broadens and deepens Facing History's impact in individual schools. Facing History's ever expanding teacher network in the Chicago region allows us to reach more than 350,000 middle and high school students in public, independent, charter and religious schools each year. Facing History equips teachers with the tools they need to help students thrive in a diverse, 21st century world.

Learn more about our impact on the Chicago Page.


We would like to thank the following corporate sponsors for their generous support of the 2017 Chicago Benefit Dinner:

Silver Benefactor:

Bronze Benefactor:

Facing History and Ourselves extends special thanks to the corporations that provide leadership support to our programs in Chicago and worldwide.


Chicago Advisory Board

John Brooklier, Chair *

Eric Adelstein
Aaron Bianco
Gene Bindler
Ellen B. Carmell*
Steve Cohen
Linda Coleman
Nick Colvin
Theresa Cothern
Jill Garling *
Karen G. Harrison*
Mark S. Hoplamazian
Roxanne Hori
Francis Idehen
Christopher D. Lueking
Paul Meister
Richard Melcher**
Peter J. Miller
Linda K. Miner
Jo Ann Nathan***
Stuart Nathan***
Langdon Neal
Joanne Nemerovski
Bonnie Oberman
Kathy Richland Pick**
Michael Pucker **
Michael J. Sacks
Peggy Salamon
Carole Segal
Gordon Segal
Stacy Sharpe
Monica Swope
Trish Tullman *
Dr. Manika Turnbull
Judy Wise*

* Board of Directors
** Leadership Council
***Honorary Trustee

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For more information, please contact Molly Matthias at [email protected] or at 312-345-3221.

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