Children's Home + Aid Celebrates 95th Annual Gala

Its a known fact that Chicago is a philanthropic town and on this night with sponsors and benefactors including Northern Trust, ITW, DHR, Bill & Maria Smithburg, guests and supporters  of Children’s Home + Aid dressed in glittery ball gowns, dapper suits and tuxedos, stepped into the ballroom at the Four Season hotel to help raise needed funds to continue the organization’s mission of supporting early childhood education in the Chicago area; and also celebrate, as this was their 95th Annual September Gala, impressive!

Megan and Geoff Hoffmann (Winnetka) Beth (WB) and Greg Hoffmann (Chicago) Jerri (WB) and Dave Hoffmann, Pauline K. Palmer honorees (Winnetka) Alison and Craig Randall (Winnetka)
Hoffmann family


As the evening kicked off with a cocktail reception, guests were able to peruse the plethora of silent auction items secured by the Women’s Board as well as enough time to contemplate which of the live auction items they would bid on.
Home aid 95th annual gala silent auction

Rob Johnson emcee Children's Home + Aid Gala

As the celebration moved into the grand ballroom for dinner seating, the evening’s emcee CBS2 Chicago’s Rob Johnson welcomed guests before the gala’s co-chairs Alice White Zarov and Mary Ellen Hennessy took the stage to thank sponsors and present the Pauline K. Palmer award to evening’s honorees Jerri and David Hoffmann, he the founder of DHR International Inc, one of the largest executive search firm in the country that places C-suite leaders. The Hoffmann’s, who have been involved with for quite some time were presented the Pauline K. Palmer award, which is given annually to individuals who have made a significant impact on the lives of children and families. Their generosity and leadership on the Woman’s Board and their contribution to the new state of the art Jerri Hoffman Carpentersville Child + Family Center, which opened this summer.

“Jerri and David have instilled a remarkable culture of philanthropy in their own family and their community, giving other families hope, opportunity and bright futures.” – Nancy Ronquillo, CEO of Children’s Home + Aid

The evening raised $550,000 which will will benefit the Mitzi Freidheim Englewood Child + Family Center, Marletta Darnall Schaumburg Child + Family Center and the Jerri Hoffmann Child + Family Center. The Stu Hirsch Orchestra entertained guests for the night. 

A leading child and family service agency,  Children’s Home + Aid’s early childhood centers provide programs such as Head Start,  Early Head Start and Raising a Reader for children ages six weeks to six years. It also provides GED and parenting programs for families in the communities where they reside. Each year, it protects, educates and counsels more than 40,000 children, youth and families to overcome the overwhelming obstacles of poverty, abuse and neglect.
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