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20th Anniversary

2020 Sweet Beginnings Tea

On Friday, February 28, 2020, we will be hosting our annual Sweet Beginnings Tea from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the award-winning Four Seasons Hotel, followed by a special 20th Anniversary Celebration reception from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. sponsored by Wintrust Bank.

We are pleased to honor Meghan Harte, the Executive Director of LISC Chicago, with our 2020 Creating a Community That Works Partner award, in recognition of our longstanding partnership with LISC. To reflect on our 20th year of service, we will be presenting a 5-person panel of our own clients from the past two decades. They will be sharing about their journeys to and from NLEN and/or Sweet Beginnings.

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

  • 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 

2019 Tea Photos

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.

2020 Sweet Beginnings Tea

Date: Friday, February 28, 2020

Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

Soiree at Lagunitas

Date: March 10, 2020

Thought Leadership Symposium

Date: June 11, 2019


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