2018 Anniversary Gala
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
120 E Delaware Pl
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


    Event Chair:
    Scott Swanson
    President, Illinois
    PNC Bank


Sponsorship packages, table purchases, or individual tickets are now available for purchase, or you can purchase individual tickets online. For more information about involvement with this year's gala please contact Senior Vice President of External Relations, Steve Majsak or Marketing and Development Coordinator, Kelsey Miklos.

Family Focus is is honored to recognize three outstanding Chicago individuals and institutions with the Bernice Weissbourd Award for Family Support. This year's recipients include:



Bryan Samuels, the Executive Director of Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, and formerly the commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He spent his career building the capacity of children of welfare systems.


Sidley Austin, a leading Chicago law firm that devotes more than 120,000 pro bono hours annually to serving those most in need. Sidley Austin has been dedicated supporter and friend of Family Focus for many years.


Irving Harris Foundation, a private family foundation based in Chicago. The foundation focuses on the healthy development and care of very young children and their families, supporting arts and culture, and draws on Jewish values to support positive social change. Irving Harris was responsible for the founding of Family Focus with Bernice Weissbourd. The foundation continues to provide leadership support of Family Focus programs and services.

Presented by our 2018 Host Committee:

Barabara BowmanRepresentative Elizabeth HernandezGeoffrey A. Nagle, Ph.D.
Lester CrownMary and Richard GrayDolores G. Norton, Ph.D.
Arne DuncanFrancia HarringtonToni Preckwinkle
Senator Richard J. DurbinJoan W. HarrisDiana Mendley Rauner, Ph.D.
Janice FeinbergDavid D. HillerCongresswoman Jan Schakowsky
Merri and Mitchell ExValerie B. JarrettEric Sean Smith
Sunny FischerSusan KiphartHarrison I. Steans
Representative Robyn GabelRepresentative Linda Chapa LaViaJennifer Steans
Katie and Brent GledhillLaura and Lew LeibowitzRobin Steans
Phyllis GlinkJo and Newt MinowSenator Heather Steans
 Patricia Mulcahy and Vaughn GordyBernice Weissbourd

Images from our 2017 Anniversary Gala


Special thanks to all of our gala sponsors:

Gold Sponsor

Irving Harris Foundation

Premier Sponsors

Anderson Merchandisers
Chicago Tribune Charities
J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation
Morgan Stanley
Wells Fargo

Silver Sponsors

The Crown Family
Katie and Brent Gledhill
PNC Bank
Sidley Austin
The Steans Family
Bernice Weissbourd
William Blair


Patron Sponsors

Ariel Investments
Donna Barrows
Ernst & Young
Joseph and Bessie Feinberg Foundation
Hub International, Ltd.
Kloster and Campbell Families
MB Financial
Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Diana and Bruce Rauner
S.B. Friedman Development Advisors

Bronze Sponsors

Fifth Third Bank
Beverly and Warren Hayford
Sharad Kapur
ReaderLink Distribution Services, LLC

Individuals Supporters

Merri and Mitchell Ex
James and Donna Gottlieb
Patricia Mulcahy and Vaughn Gordy
Suzanne and Lindsey Resnick
Dr. John J. Struck
Rita Sussman, Ph.D.
Suzanne and Lindsey Resnick
​Marny and Matt Zimmer