Posted by StreetWise in Magazine ArticlesStreetWise had its most successful gala ever when it raised over $200,000 Sept. 27 at the United Club at Soldier Field.
Honorees included the Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation as Philanthropist of the Year. The award was accepted by Janice Feinberg, the foundation’s director, who said she first began reading the magazine when she saw a vendor at Starbucks after a yoga class.
“They are not just a homeless person but an independent businessman trying to make a living,” she said.
Board member Bruce Crane described Feinberg as the person who always asked difficult questions and made meaningful comments as a member of the board on which they also serve jointly. She often enquires about StreetWise and the Foundation made a donation to help when StreetWise faced a financial crisis in 2009. The Feinberg Foundation funded the study for food instability issues in Chicago that led to the produce carts operated by StreetWise and others around the city, he said.
Glen Tullman received the Civic Leadership Award. Tullman is the managing partner of 7wire Ventures, and Pete Kadens, chair of the StreetWise board of directors described him as someone “who gives 125 percent of himself” to his causes. A runner, Tullman said that he sees more homeless people as he explores cities across the U.S. StreetWise gives them a second chance, he said.The Judd R. Horwitz Award for individuals who give to the community went to Barnes & Thornburg LLP, one of the 100 largest law firms in the nation, which has also served nonprofits such as Greater Chicago Food Depository and Lambda Legal and countless others, enabling them to grow, according to Jonathan Reinsdorf, StreetWise Board of Directors vice chair of external affairs. Richard Boykin, a partner in the Chicago and Washington offices who grew up in Englewood and is a StreetWise board member, accepted the award. Boykin quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he said the most pressing question for each of us is “what are we doing to help others?” StreetWise fills that role, he said. It helps people become gainfully employed when their backs are against the wall.
Lonnie Mosely accepted the Client Achievement Award for more than a year of employment with Clune Construction Co. Although homeless for seven years, he had a background in home construction and is now a project manager. He was a vendor for 18 years, in which he worked as long as 12 hours a day. “I just want to thank all of you for coming out for people like me,” he told the audience.
By Suzanne Hanney,