Thank you for helping us celebrate our merger!

On Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021 we officially celebrated our merger with Chicago Child Care Society with our Stronger Together Virtual Celebration! 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 and took us along for the ride. Along the way, we honored Sharad Kapur and John G. Levi for their tremendous support for families and children.

In case you missed it, you can rewatch the video below, and download the event program to learn more about our programs.

2021 Honorees


Sharad Kapur received 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 received 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


Gold Sponsor:

Silver Sponsors:

The Crown Family

Caragh DeLuca

 Bronze Sponsors:

Katie and Brent Gledhill

 Premier Sponsors:

Abbott Foundation

Ernst & Young

First Bank Chicago


Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation

David D. Hiller

Patrica Mulcahy and Vaughn Gordy

Penguin Random House

PNC Bank


Suzanne and Lindsay Resnick

Rita P. Sussman, Ph.D.

Melinda and Drew Turitz


Wells Fargo


Patron Sponsors:


Ariel Investments

Baker & Taylor

Donna Barrows

Margie Block and Kevin Stineman


Crowe LLP

The Friedman Family

Julie Hamos

Irving Harris Foundation

Jill and John Levi

Schuyler and Jonathon Levin

Nancy and Joe McMullen

Suzanne and John Pollack

Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation


SB Friedman Development Advisors

Simon & Schuster

William Blair

Marny Zimmer

Supporter Sponsors:


Julie Beringer

BGJ Group

Burhop Box & Packaging

Daynor and Marc Carman

HLA Group, Merrill Private Wealth Management

Rose and Robert Johnson

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

Elizabeth McRee

Dara Munson

James Raaf

Gwendolyn Rogers

Caterina Varvaro

Friend Sponsors:

American Book Company

Allen Bloom


Donna and Jim Gottlieb

The Graham Company

Francia Harrington and Vern Borders

Jeffrey Hines

Barbara Kipper

Carol Kloster

Steve Majsak and Terry Sukenik

Laura and Craig Martin

Michael Pietsch

Sasser Family Companies

Andrew Schapiro

Debra Schlies

Nicole Sims

Nancy Nolden Snyder

Thomas Souleless

Steven Zacharius