We were pleased to have JB Pritzker - Entrepreneur and Democratic Candidate for Governor of Illinois - as our guest speaker for our May event.
A little about JB Pritzker in his own words:
I’m a husband. I’ve been married to M.K., the most terrific woman in the world, for almost 24 years. She is my partner in this endeavor, and in everything I’ve done. She’s the love of my life.
I’m the father of two great kids. My 14-year-old daughter, Teddi, is a track and cross country runner (she obviously gets her athletic abilities from me). My son, Donny, is 12 — a total math whiz and a football fanatic. I’m so proud of them.
I’m an entrepreneur. Not all that long ago, Illinois was way behind when it came to creating technology jobs — and we were missing out on the high-paying jobs those businesses create. I led the creation of a non-profit small business incubator called 1871, which in the last five years is responsible for creating 6,000 new jobs in Illinois, and we’re now ranked among the top ten tech hubs in the world.
I’m a passionate advocate for early childhood development. I believe there isn’t a better investment we can make as a society than to invest in our youngest children. Study after study shows how important education is for kids age three and under, which is why I’ve become a national leader in supporting early childhood education and helped improve teacher training and invested in innovation here in Illinois. I’m also proud of working with some great local non-profit organizations to expand Illinois school breakfast program to 55,000 low-income students, and to change the law so that an additional 175,000 more kids are getting the breakfast they need to start their days off right.
I’m a student of history — and know the importance of learning from it. I’m a descendant of Ukrainian Jews, and was proud to work with the local community of Holocaust survivors to open the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. Each year, more than 50,000 kids learn to fight bigotry, hatred and intolerance at the center, and thousands of teachers are trained to take those lessons back to their classrooms all across the state so kids will learn to stand up against hate.
I believe in justice. My wife and I helped support the Center on Wrongful Convictions, which has become the national leader in rectifying wrongful convictions and did much of the work behind Illinois’s moratorium on capital punishment.
I’m a huge Blackhawks fan. I am not above wearing a Hawks jersey when I get invited on TV to talk about creating jobs in Chicago.
How it works
- Each attendee brings a $100 check or donates $100 through the uBack app - just search "100 Plus Who Care Chicago."
- Everyone is encouraged (though not required) to submit the name of a local 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
- After the reception and opening remarks, three organizations are picked out of a “hat.” The nominators tell us about the mission, work, and impact of their nominee.
- The evening’s attendees vote to award the collective donation to one of those three nonprofits.
The goal is that at least 100 people attend each event so we can present the evening’s winner with at least $10,000. We donate every single dollar to that nonprofit.
The events are a great opportunity to learn about more local nonprofits and their important causes.
The receptions are a fun, relaxed time to connect with other socially conscious Chicagoans. We offer complimentary beer, wine, and food, thanks to our generous sponsors.