City Year Chicago

Ripples of Hope Awards Dinner

The annual Ripples of Hope Awards Dinner provides essential revenue to City Year Chicago. It enables City Year Chicago to reach more than 16,000 Chicago Public Schools students by partnering with high-need schools to help bridge the gap between what their students need and what schools are designed and resourced to provide.


Grounded in Robert F. Kennedy’s 1966 address to the University of Cape Town in South Africa, which illuminated the nature of social change, Kennedy proclaimed that every time an individual stood up against injustice, it would create a small “ripple of hope” that would eventually build a “current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” At Ripples of Hope, this is showcased through the civic contributions of our honorees, and the service of City Year Chicago’s AmeriCorps members.

This year, we are excited to honor Liz Thompson, President, Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education and City Year Chicago's Founding Executive Director, The Honorable Lori E. Lightfoot, Mayor of Chicago, and Janet Foutty, Executive Chair, The Deloitte Board. Last year's honorees, returning to serve as dinner co-chairs, are Dr. Mahalia Hines, President, Common Ground Foundation, J. Thomas Hurvis, Chairman, Old World Industries and President, Caerus Foundation, and Steve Quazzo, Co-Founder and CEO, Pearlmark.  

Thursday, May 7, 2020

5:30 p.m. Reception; 6:30 p.m. Dinner

Palmer House
17 East Monroe Street

Business Attire

PJH Contact:
Jennifer Breslin email

City Year Chicago

City Year Chicago's mission is to advance educational equity and empower under-resourced communities, by providing learning environments that maximize student potential while developing and deploying the next generation of civic-minded change agents. 


City Year Chicago is an education-based non-profit founded in 1994 with 55 AmeriCorps members. Twenty-six years later, 254 AmeriCorps members serve in 31 Chicago Public Schools across the city providing student, classroom, and whole class support.


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Make checks payable to:
City Year Chicago
c/o PJH & Associates, Inc.
205 West Wacker Drive
Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60606

City Year Chicago

Palmer House
Event Levels

Presenting Sponsor – $100,000
• Premier seating for three tables of ten
• Membership on the Host Committee
• Premier logo placement on signage
• Premier recognition on all Awards Dinner printed materials

Gold Sponsor – $50,000
• Priority seating for two tables of ten
• Membership on the Host Committee
• Priority logo placement on signage
• Priority recognition on all Awards Dinner printed materials

Silver Sponsor– $25,000
• Prime seating for a table of ten
• Membership on the Host Committee
• Logo placement on signage
• Prime recognition on all Awards Dinner printed materials

Bronze Sponsor– $10,000
• Preferred seating for a table of ten
• Preferred recognition on program

Partner – $5,000
• Seating for a table of ten
• Recognition on program

Event Forms
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City Year Sponsorship Reply Form

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