As demonstrated by our 2014 Justice Award winners, there are so many ways to “say yes”. From disability rights to compassionate immigration reform, our winners advocate for all of their neighbors to live in open and welcoming northern suburbs.
Over 160 people attended Open Communities’ Say Yes! Benefit Justice Awards to celebrate the lives and accomplishments of Rayna & Marvin Miller, Jean Cleland, Fr. Bob Oldershaw and Ellen & Ed McManus. You too are invited to join us!
We are all ordinary people trying to “draw the circle ever wider”, as Father Oldershaw so eloquently elaborated. “Heroes are not defined by color or sex or position or wealth,” the late Jean Cleland said. They are ordinary people just like Jean and just like you.
Thank you so much to everyone attended. And for those of you who were unavailable or didn’t have a chance to “Say Yes!”, here’s another opportunity. Will you join and help expand our circle?
Onward! Promote inclusive and diverse suburbs!
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the areas you are interested in along with your name, phone number and city/village you live in.
– 2015 MLK 50th Anniversary Committee
– Affordable housing advocacy campaign in my suburb (like Wilmette Cares)
– Anti-gun violence
– Advocacy phone calls to legislators
– Civic Engagement (e.g. getting residents to join boards and commissions)
– Disability Awareness
– “Eating Locally, Acting Globally”
– Education Funding Equity/United We Learn
– Immigration Issues
– St. Nick’s Peace and Justice Committee
– Public transportation access
– Restorative Justice
– Wilmette Cares
– Other, please specify: __________________________________
For more photos of the evening, check out our Facebook album
Many thanks to our photographers: Jennifer Frankfurter of Photography with Heart + Lauren Heckathorne
To learn more about our Event Planner, Diana Harris Hennington, visit Grand Event’s website
VIDEO: VP of Open Communities’ Board of Directors discusses Say Yes! Benefit with the Sun-Times