Big Shoulders Fund
Humanitarian Award Dinner Honoring Kimberly Querrey and Lou Simpson
This special Humanitarian Award Dinner, honoring Kimberly Querrey and Lou Simpson, celebrates the important mission of the Big Shoulders Fund – to support inner-city schools serving children in disadvantaged neighborhoods all across Chicago. All of the funds raised will ensure doors to schools remain open and students have the opportunity to study for a brighter future.
Founded 32 years ago by a group of business leaders, the Big Shoulders support to the Catholic schools in the neediest areas of inner-city Chicago. Big Shoulders is unique in that administrative expenses are supported by an endowment and other income which ensures all funds raised go toward programs that benefit the Big Shoulders schools and the students they serve. Investing $18 million each year in 76 schools educating 20,000 children – 80 percent come from a minority background, 66 percent live in poverty, and a third not Catholic. Today, Big Shoulders has expanded upon that initial strategic vision by taking a proactive rather than supporting role in four major areas – scholarships and enrichment, operational improvements, academic programs, and leadership development – with the goal of not just strengthening schools, but whole communities, and preparing students for life-long success. This investment is paying off with the schools and students defying national trend. Ninety-five percent of students graduate high school and 85 percent of graduating scholars enroll in college.