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Little City Congratulates Chicago Legend on “Bill Kurtis Day” who will Host Upcoming Gala this Saturday at the Shedd

Applauding the City of Chicago’s decision to proclaim Nov. 7 as “Bill Kurtis Day and Donna LaPietra Day,” Little City prepares for Chicago’s finest leadership to gather and advocate for people with disabilities

With an honorary committee led by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Little City Foundation will generate much-needed awareness and support for Illinois’ most vulnerable citizens—children and adults with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The 2011 Annual Dinner Gala takes place this Saturday, Nov. 12 at the John G. Shedd Aquarium.  Bill Kurtis will present Little City’s most distinguished honor to former mayor, Richard M. Daley.

“We join the City of Chicago in honoring Mr. Kurtis and Ms. LaPietra on this very special day,” commented Executive Director Shawn E. Jeffers. “Little City is fortunate to partner with leaders and legends who join us in our pursuit of support for those we serve.”

Guests will delight in an innovative strolling dinner featuring fine international cuisine, cocktails, dancing and private access to aquarium galleries, the Abbott Oceanarium, Caribbean Reef and the new Jellies exhibits.

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 include: 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); and Breakthrough 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, and Wells Fargo Advisors (Bronze).

To register or to sponsor the event, contact Phyllis Shipbaugh at (847) 221-7892 or pshipbaugh@littlecity.org.

For complete information, visit: www.littlecity.org/gala.

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

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