OUR Q4 EVENT - NOvember 3, 2016
Our Q4 event took place Thursday November 3rd from 5:30 - 7 PM. The location was Wintrust Financial's office in downtown Chicago, located at 231 S. LaSalle Chicago, IL 60604.
Guest speaker - Rashied davis
We were pleased that the guest speaker for our November event was Rashied Davis! Rashied is the Founder of Saturday Place & Former Chicago Bears/Detroit Lions Wide Receiver and Kick Returner.
A child of nine raised by his aunt and mother after his father’s death, Rashied was born into a world defined by obstacles. Growing up in a poor neighborhood in South Central L.A., he couldn’t see beyond the inner-city walls. He idolized gang members. He lost sight of his future.
It took a school bus to an upper-middle class neighborhood and a couple of dedicated teachers to help Rashied see that there was hope beyond his neighborhood. Those teachers enrolled him in speech competitions, took him on field trips, and showed him how to adapt and grow in new and different environments. They took the time to learn how to teach him.
That first bus ride out of town led to Rashied’s enrollment in junior college, admission to San Jose State University, and a career in the NFL. But Rashied makes it clear that “football is what I do, it’s not who I am.” That’s why he started Saturday Place.
Rashied’s vision for Saturday Place starts with his story of overcoming the obstacles of growing up in a poor community. The program’s structure was inspired by influential moments in Rashied’s life, recreated for kids who are starting out the way he did. Saturday Place is a way to show them that anything worth having is worth working hard for, and also worth waiting for. He wants to give kids that first bus ride to a better future.
- Each attendee commits to donating $100 per gathering ($400 per year)
- The donations will be given to a local, Chicago-based 501(c)3 charity serving the greater Chicago Area. No national charities will be considered. The purpose is to focus 100% on the community. Events will be held quarterly and will last 90 minutes. 45 minutes social and 45 minutes business.
- From 5:30 - 7:00 PM any member wishing to present can submit their name and charity for the drawing (though this is not required). Three speakers will be drawn. The business portion of the meeting will begin promptly at 6:15 PM. After remarks from our 100+ M.C. and speakers, all members vote on the winning charity.
- All checks are collected and delivered to the charity the following week. WE WILL DONATE EVERY SINGLE DOLLAR! Simple concept. Big Impact.