2019 North Lawndale Employment Network

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20th Anniversary

2019 Sweet Beginnings Tea

On Friday, February 15, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the award-winning Four Seasons Hotel, located at 120 East Delaware Place in Chicago, we hosted our 14th Annual Sweet Beginnings Tea. 


This year we were pleased to honor Evelyn Diaz, President of Heartland Alliance, with our Voice of the Voiceless award, which honors those who through their courageous or pioneering leadership provide a “voice” for the marginalized. We were equally delighted to present COUNTRY Financial with our Creating a Community that Works partner award for their steadfast partnership in advancing our financial capability work to bridge the wealth divide for our job seekers. We also honored two outstanding program graduates - Sadie Joseph and Lenrow Felton - who have demonstrated their ability to successfully secure and retain employment with our client Creating a Community that Works awards.  


Here are just a few highlights of our 2019 Sweet Beginnings Tea: 

  • Exceeded our fundraising goal of $300,000, an increase of nearly 20% over last year’s goal 

  • Raised $10,000 at our Prize Hive, included in the overall goal 

  • Received nearly $10,000 in guest donations during the tea 

  • beelove® sales exceeded our goal with more than $4,000 in product sales at the tea, a 43% increase over last year 

  • Joined by esteemed guests including Amy Rule, Chicago's First Lady; Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle; mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot; 24th Ward Alderman Michael Scott, Jr., and Cook County Commissioner Dennis Deer 

  • Received an 800% increase in reach on both Facebook and Twitter in the month of February 

20th Anniversary Celebration Events

The Tea is right around the corner, but there will be activities in celebration of our 20th anniversary leading up to the big event.

Soiree at Lagunitas

Date: Friday, September 13, 2019

Thought Leadership Symposium

Date: June 11, 2019

FY20 Sweet Beginnings Tea

Date: February 7, 2020

Four Seasons Hotel Chicago


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