Chicago teens showed off their latest and greatest extracurricular creations
The legacy of Chicago’s gold-hearted former first lady Maggie Daley was on full display Oct. 1 at the 10th annual gala for After School Matters (a charity she founded to educate at-risk high school students outside of normal school hours). The Navy Pier Grand Ballroom was filled with a who’s who of Chicago notables including Mayor Rahm Emanuel, former mayor Richard M. Daley, Desirée Rogers, M.K. Pritzker and Daily Splash columnist Bill Kurtis. Chaired by Mellody Hobson, the partner of filmmaker George Lucas, the event featured student displays of robotics, aeronautics and artwork, as well as performances by After School Matters’ singers, dancers and musicians. The event was one for the record books, with nearly 1,000 guests raising $2.7 million to fund the organization’s extracurricular programs. “Our goal is to be even bigger, even better and serve even more teens,” says Hobson. “I relish the work.”
The Sun-Times was the media sponsor of this event. The Sun-Times Foundation and The Chicago Community Trust will match your donation to After School Matters, up to $50,000, now through December 14, 2012. Donate here.
Story by Zak Stemer | Photos by Ramzi Dreessen