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Lois Weisberg honored with Community Spirit Lifetime Achievement Award

Lois Weisberg honored with Community Spirit Lifetime Achievement Award

Photo: All Stars Project President and CEO Gabrielle Kurlander, former Cultural Affairs Commissioner of Chicago Lois Weisberg, All Stars Project of Chicago Direct David Cherry, All Stars youth leader Kadesha Bynum and Gigi Pritzker.

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$260,000 raised for innovative inner-city youth development programs at Youth Benefit.

All Stars Project of Chicago held its 2011 Partners with Youth Benefit Luncheon on Tuesday June 7 at The Metropolitan Club at the Willis Tower. Lois Weisberg, former Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, was honored with the Community Spirit Lifetime Achievement Award, for her role in making culture and the arts accessible to the diverse communities of our city. Josephine Robinson, director of the college career center at Gage Park High School and Marcie Nelson, manager of the youth performance group Xtreme Xsperience also received Community Spirit Awards for their work to help young people create new possibilities for their lives.

“Programs [like the All Stars] are sprouting up like mushrooms in cities all across our nation. I cannot name another one that has had as much success as the All Stars in developing model working relationships with the corporate and not-for-profit worlds, local government, neighborhood organizations and the entire arts community. It’s quite an accomplishment. It is working. And it is very much needed.” said Lois Weisberg.

Margo Cook, executive vice president, Nuveen Investments, and Mark Weisberg, partner, Winston & Strawn LLP, were also honored for their significant investments in the growth and development of Chicago’s inner-city youth through All Stars Project programs. ABC 7 anchor Hosea Sanders hosted the festivities. See link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsWe4e4YYkA

All Stars Project of Chicago was launched in 2007 under the leadership of long-time community organizer David Cherry with support from dozens of individual donors and corporate partners including Latham & Watkins, Dun & Bradstreet, MetLife, Ernst & Young and Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation provided seed funding. In 2008 and again in 2010, the Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation initiated challenge grants to further encourage individual investment and involvement.

“Chicago’s children need development and hope, which is why I am proud to have brought one of the country’s leading after-school development programs to Chicago” says David Cherry.

In the last four years Cherry has involved more than 1,500 young people from Chicago’s South Side and West Side neighborhoods – and hundreds of volunteers from across the city – in a neighborhood talent show program, the All Stars Talent Show Network, and in the Development School for Youth (DSY), where young adults attend weekly workshops hosted by business executives at leading companies. The DSY corporate partners also provide these young people with paid summer internships at their workplaces.

The All Stars Project, Inc. (ASP), the national non-profit headquartered in New York City, is celebrating its 30th year nationally. ASP is 100% privately-funded and the sponsor of highly regarded after-school programs for inner-city youth based on an innovative, performance-based approach to human development.  All Stars reaches 10,000 young people each year in New York City, Newark, New Jersey, Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area.