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Honorable Pat Quinn, Toni Preckwinkle, Richard Daley and Bill Kurtis Applaud Chicagoans for Supporting Little City

More than 500 community, civic and business leaders gathered Nov. 12, 2011 at the John G. Shedd Aquarium to generate much-needed funds and awareness for Little City

Drawing hundreds of humanitarians and philanthropists to learn about the importance of quality of life for individuals with disabilities, Little City Foundation grossed more than $250,000 at its annual dinner gala.
Boasting an honorary committee led by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Little City Foundation generated much-needed awareness and support for Illinois’ most vulnerable citizens.
“I was first introduced to Little City at the start of my career as Mayor and I’ve always been a strong supporter,” commented Former Mayor Richard M. Daley.  “I served on the board for more than 20 years and witnessed how Little City made big advancements in the field of disability care.”
Mr. Daley received Little City’s most prestigious honor, the Sidney L. Port Legacy of Distinction Award, for outstanding service and support to the Little City mission.
Little City also received a gift from RAM RACING of $20,000—proceeds generated from the recent “Hot Chocolate Walk for Little City” that RAM RACING hosted on Nov. 5 at Grant Park.
“In this moment, we have a chance to contribute to something special.  We don’t have to wait, we can do it now,” proclaimed Executive Director Shawn E. Jeffers.  “A disability is lifelong; it’s not episodic.  A disability does not have a temporary pill.  It’s real and it’s alive.  And we don’t have the luxury of waiting.”
Mr. Bill Kurtis also commented, “With cutting-edge programs and services, Little City has led the way in transforming the field of disability care for more than 50 years…I am honored to serve as this evening’s master of ceremonies.”
For more than 50 years, Little City has developed innovative and personalized programs to fully assist and empower children and adults with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.  With a commitment to attaining a greater quality of life for Illinois’ most vulnerable citizens, Little City actively promotes choice, person-centered planning and a holistic approach to health and wellness.
Sponsors included: Friends of Kevin Desmond (Gold); Eleni & Jimmy Bousis, Merle & Verne Carson, Foglia Family Foundation, the Hockfield & Rose Families, Lawson Products, Paramount Staffing, Power Family Foundation, Sage Products,Walgreens(Silver); andBreakthrough Technologies, Daley and George, Gianaras Family Foundation, Kovitz Investments, Linda LaPorte & Robert Shears,Daniel N. Luber & Karen M. Wickman,Mesirow Financial, Midway Moving & Storage, Northwest Community Hospital, Show Sage LLC, Tristan & Cervantes, US Cellular, andWells Fargo Advisors (Bronze).

About Little City
Being a leader for 60 years, Little City continues to be inspirational and transformational in developing its 56-acre therapeutic community in Palatine. From a modest beginning of three homes and 16 residents primarily with Down syndrome, Little City has grown into a recognized leader offering a wide array of innovative services to more than 1,000 clients weekly. In addition to the Palatine location, Little City has a Community Services Office in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood, adult service centers in Palatine and Waukegan, and 15 adult community homes and one children’s group home located throughout suburban Cook and DuPage Counties.

Today, Little City’s comprehensive program portfolio includes vocational training and employment placement, foster care and adoption, home-based family support, health and wellness, recreation and therapeutic activities, disability awareness and community education, a day school and an award-winning arts program. Visit www.littlecity.org.


Tina Maraccini, Director of Communications & Marketing
Phone: (847) 221-7855

“Little City uses an affirming message – that it’s a good world, there’s a place for my kids in the world and Little City will help them find it.”

Rachel, mother of children receiving home-based support services