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Thank You Sponsors For the Best Soccer Ball Yet!

IMG_6521[1] - The Scene.jpgMore than 750 guests attended Urban Initiatives’ sixth annual Soccer Ball fundraiser on January 27th at Chicago’s River East Art Center. It was an enchanted evening of mingling for many Chicago professionals, young and old alike, who were swaying to the cool sounds of DJ Duncan and devouring the innovative culinary concoctions and specialty cocktails of J&L Catering. Additional delectable treats flowed thanks to event sponsors Goose Island, Beam, Storck and Cabot. The event broke the Urban Initiatives’ previous records for attendance and corporate/private sponsorships, and raised more than $250,000 for its health and education soccer programs. 

The Soccer Ball supports at-risk youth throughout Chicago who participate in Urban Initiatives’ innovative Work To Play Program, which uses soccer as a vehicle to help kids achieve their personal and academic potential. This year’s proceeds will support program expansion to two additional primary schools and 60 additional children, bringing the organization’s reach to 20 schools and more than 600 children city-wide.

We want to thank all of our sponsors, especially our presenting sponsor Storck USA, for making this Soccer Ball such a special event: 

GOAL Sponsors 

GOAL Sponsors
Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation
Chicago Cubs
Chris Campbell
ME & Chris Girgenti
J.B. & M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation
Madison Dearborn Partners
Katy & Kurt Reichert 


Team Table Sponsors 

Robin & Tony Armour
BMO Capital Markets
Cindy & Peter Chelovich
Christine & Steve Cole
Credit Suisse
Edward A Anderson Company
Ellen & Richard Douglas
Connie & Charlie Falcone
First Merit Bank
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Levy Restaurants
McDermott, Will & Emery LLP
National Student Leadership Conference
Purcell and Wardrope
Shefsky & Froelich
Stacy & Rob Stutz
Themis Bar Review
Transportation Solutions Group

SCORE Sponsors 


Nancy & Paul Armstrong
Attorneys Title Guaranty Fund
Bansley & Kiener LLP
Blue Star Properties
Katherine & John Buehler
Julie & Jim O’Connor
Robertson-Ryan and Associates
William Blair & Company

In-Kind Sponsors

Beam Global Spirits & Wine
The Big Picture Home Theater Co.
Cabot Cheese
Goose Island
Mike Killon Photography
Party Star
Shutter Booth
Storck USA

Host Committee


Paula & Paul Armstrong*
Erin & Mawi Asgedom
Maggie & Dan Belliel*
Erin & Todd Bloomquist
Katherine & John Buehler
Veronique & Marc Bushala
Becky & Dennis Clegg
Mary & Dave Cox
Peter Doerr
Ellen & Richard Douglas*
Monika & Tom Dunmore
Connie & Charlie Falcone
Julie & David Farina
Candy & Don Gibson
ME & Chris Girgenti*
Stephanie & Michael Grabill
Katie & Peter Hauser
Craig Kirby
Merrillee & Mike LePore
Rita & Pat McCourt
Leslie & Dave McGranahan
Eileen & Glen Noren
Julie & Jim O’Connor
Geri & Ron Redd
Katy & Kurt Reichert*
Cece & Tom Ricketts*
Ann & Kirby Roberts
Shane Smith
Stacy & Rob Stutz*
Katie & Randy White
Julie Chelovich*
Erica Heidrich*
Lauren Florian*
C.C. Ryan*
Annie Couyoumjian*


*Denotes Party Planning Committee

Check out our gallery for more great photos, and make sure you don’t miss out on the fun at the next Soccer Ball!

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