A Message from IMDC Executive Director, Dr. Suzet McKinney
Dear IMD Partners and Friends:
Earlier this week, the IMDC convened a meeting with several stakeholder organizations to discuss the various development initiatives that are planned throughout the District. The meeting was a huge success, and it went a long way in furthering our mission to promote a collaborative environment for our partners. Projects that were highlighted during the meeting include the Cook County Hospital redevelopment, the Gateway Project, the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind campus expansion and the Rush University Medical Center 10 Year Master Facility Plan. I’d especially like to thank Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle for her time, and her support of the revitalization of the IMD.
In addition, I’m excited to announce that next Wednesday, June 1st, the IMDC will join Alderman Jason Ervin and other community leaders for a groundbreaking ceremony to welcome The Chicago Center for Arts and Technology (ChiCAT) as the newest IMD institution. ChiCAT’s mission to create opportunities for youth and young adults will provide a critical service to underserved communities and will be a catalyst for job readiness and economic growth. The new ChiCAT facility is located at 1701 W. 13th street, and will open in early 2017. I’d like to thank CEO G. Sequane Lawrence for all of his hard work and dedication in getting ChiCAT to the IMD, where they will have a tremendous impact on the District and residents of the surrounding area.
Suzet McKinney, DrPH, MPH
Growing Solutions Farm Open House
The Julie and Michael Tracy foundation will host an Open House at the Growing Solutions Farm on Wednesday, June 8th from 10 AM to 1:30 PM. Guests will be treated to a tour of the farm, samples of fresh produce and musical entertainment from Frogwater. The farm’s new produce stand will also be open for sales every Wednesday. If you’d like to attend the event, click here.
The Innovate UIC Summer Startup Series has two events this month. The workshop on June 13th will cover Intellectual Property Basics, and the workshop on June 20th will cover Demystifying Investors. The Summer Startup Series is a collaboration among EnterpriseWorks Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory and PROPEL to help young innovators navigate the basics of early stage business development. If you have additional questions, you can contact EnterpriseWorks Chicago at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Mingling for a Mission & Greet
On June 23rd, The American Red Cross of Chicago will host a fundraising event called Summer Mingling for a Mission. During the event, guests can enjoy beverages, appetizers and a roof top view. In addition, there will be chances to win auction items, and a Kendra Scott Jewelry pop up shop, where a portion of the proceeds will go toward supporting the Red Cross mission. The event will be held at MillerCoors Pub on 250 S. Wacker Drive. To purchase your tickets, click here.
Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center Luminary Award Dinner
At their second annual Luminary Award Dinner on Thursday, May 12th, the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center (CCAC) honored First Lady of Chicago Ms. Amy Rule for her contributions to the City’s children, and for lighting the path toward hope and healing. The event was also the most successful fundraising effort in CCAC history, raising $424,000, including $94,000 to go toward the Growing and Giving campaign, which supports CCAC expansion. To learn more about the event and view photos, click here.
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