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.
When & Where
Stay tuned for information on the 2018 Chicago Benefit Dinner!
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.
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:
Facing History and Ourselves extends special thanks to the corporations that provide leadership support to our programs in Chicago and worldwide.
John Brooklier, Chair *
Ellen B. Carmell*
Jill Garling *
Karen G. Harrison*
Mark S. Hoplamazian
Christopher D. Lueking
Peter J. Miller
Linda K. Miner
Jo Ann Nathan***
Kathy Richland Pick**
Michael Pucker **
Michael J. Sacks
Trish Tullman *
Dr. Manika Turnbull
* Board of Directors
** Leadership Council
For more information, please contact Molly Matthias at [email protected] or at 312-345-3221.