We hope to see you at
6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Join us in toasting the merger of the Chicago Child Care Society and Family Focus with a virtual road trip.  Family Focus President and CEO, Dara Munson, and Board of Directors Chairperson, Dennis Abboud, hit the road to visit our centers and families across Chicago and NE Illinois. They’ll meet with some of our participants and special guests along the way, including Senator Tammy Duckworth, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the hosts of Chicago’s beloved Windy City Live,  TV Personality Katie Couric, Actor Gabrielle Union, and more.

Registration is FREE and donations are impactful. Click here to register to watch on Tuesday,  June 22nd. 

2021 Honorees

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Sharad Kapur will receive the Bernice Weissbourd Award for Family Support.

Inspired by the impact that programming had on families in Chicago, Sharad joined the Family Focus Board of Directors in 1989. Shortly thereafter, he became a member of the Board Finance Committee and was elected the Family Focus Treasurer six years ago.  He has also led the strategic planning of Family Focus’s financial future ever since joining the Board. Professionally, Sharad spent his entire career at Accenture, including 16 years as a Partner. Since retiring in 2006, Sharad has been studying holistic medicine and Spanish and pursuing his passion for golf and fishing. Sharad has been personally involved with families at the Family Focus Nuestra Familia’s Cicero center and has made a legacy donation for which Family Focus renamed the Aurora center the Kapur Family Center.

John G. Levi will receive the Dream Builders Award.

A Partner at Sidley, John is past President and a Life Member of CCCS and has served on the board since 1974. He has been a dedicated leader and trusted advisor to every Executive Director and CEO in all critical decisions. John is a true champion for children and education, also serving on the board of High Jump in Chicago for youth with the academic ambition to attend outstanding high schools and college, and secretary of the board of Cook County Justice for Children to advocate for fair and effective administration of the Cook County Juvenile Justice system. John serves on many other boards and associations, not the least of which is his nomination by President Obama in 2009 to the Legal Services Corporation board where he is now Chairman. John exemplifies a humble servant leader.

Host Committee

Mayor Daniel Biss
Judith S. Block
Barbara Bowman
Lester Crown
Amy and Ryan DeVore
Senator Tammy Duckworth
Arne Duncan
Craig Esko
Merri Ex
Janice Feinberg
Anne Gibson

Katie and Brent Gledhill
Phyllis Glink
Francia Harrington
David D. Hiller
Denise Dell Isola
Tiffany Hamel Johnson
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot
Dara Munson
Dr. Geoff Nagle
Attorney General Kwame Raoul

Karin M. Norington-Reaves
Suzanne Resnick
President Toni Preckwinkle
Lynn Rosinsky
Jennifer Russart
Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky
Elizabeth Sonnenschein
Kevin Sutton
Anne and John L. Tuohy
Bernice Weissbourd
Marny Zimmer

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:

Gold Sponsor:

Silver Sponsors:

The Crown Family

Caragh DeLuca

 Bronze Sponsors:

Katie and Brent Gledhill

 Premier Sponsors:

Ernst & Young

First Bank Chicago

FlexPrint

Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation

David D. Hiller

Patrica Mulcahy and Vaughn Gordy

PNC Bank

Suzanne and Lindsay Resnick

Rita P. Sussman, Ph.D.

Melinda and Drew Turitz

Wells Fargo

Wintrust

Patron Sponsors:

Anonymous

Ariel Investments

Donna Barrows

Margie Block and Kevin Stineman

CIBC

The Friedman Family

Julie Hamos

Irving Harris Foundation

Jill and John Levi

Schuyler and Jonathon Levin

Nancy and Joe McMullen

SB Friedman Development Advisors

Simon & Schuster

RSM US LLP

William Blair

Supporter Sponsors:

Burhop Box & Packaging

Jeanne C. Marsh, Ph.D. and Steven K. Shevell, Ph.D.

Dara Munson

Friend Sponsors:

Steve Majsak and Terry Sukenik

Debra Schlies

Nicole Sims