Midtown Educational Foundation

26th Annual Reach for Excellence Awards Dinner


The Reach for Excellence Awards Dinner offers a chance to help place Chicago’s disadvantaged youth on a path to success. MEF’s after-school programs strengthen at-risk youth in both academics and character.

2017 Honorees:
Kristi Savacool, Strategic Advisor, Aon
Ed Wehmer, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Wintrust Financial Corporation

Midtown Educational Foundation (MEF) guides low-income urban youth in Chicago along pathways of success. Its proven enrichment programs embrace the dignity of the person by focusing on academic excellence, virtue development, individual attention, and parental involvement.

MEF operates through its Metro Achievement Center for girls and Midtown Center for boys in grades 4-12. Programs focus on Hispanic and African-American youth, offering after-school and summertime growth opportunities that help students of average academic ability to achieve above-average results. Programs are rooted in Catholic moral and social teaching and embrace students regardless of their religious, racial, ethnic, or familial status.

MEF’s approach can best be remembered with the help of an acronym that also describes every child it serves: “A V.I.P.”, with the “A” standing for ACADEMICS; the “V”, VIRTUES; the “I”, INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION; and the “P”, PARENTS. 

To make a reservation, please visit our event website at: www.midtown-metro.org/dinner


Midtown Educational Foundation

Four Seasons Hotel Chicago