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Anixter Center’s May 16 “Access for All” Benefit
Honors Christopher G. Kennedy

6th Annual Benefit to be held at Morgan Manufacturing

Chicago, Illinois – (March 16, 2017) — Anixter Center, one of the largest nonprofits in the Chicago area serving people with disabilities, will honor philanthropist and businessman Chris Kennedy at its annual Spring Benefit on May 16.

Themed “Access for All,” the evening will raise funds to help children, teens, and adults with disabilities through programs that include employment training and job placement, residential services and health care. Nearly 100 years old, Anixter Center has a long history of helping others. Today, many of Anixter Center’s clients have more than one disability and the vast majority have incomes below the poverty line.

Chris Kennedy has actively demonstrated a deep commitment to serving those in need, particularly in the disability community. He is Treasurer of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, which works to improve the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. He is also Founder and Chairman of Top Box Foods, a nonprofit hunger-relief organization in Chicago, and he has been an avid supporter of Special Olympics throughout his life.

The “Access for All” Benefit begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at Morgan Manufacturing, 401 N. Morgan St., Chicago, Illinois. Tickets are $400 per person, with sponsorship opportunities ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. Already on the growing list of sponsors for the evening are the Lester and Edward Anixter Family Foundation, Eric T. Gastevich, Comcast, Jones Day, ECI, and Jeannine Cleary.

To purchase a sponsorship or tickets or to make a donation, please visit Anixter Center Gala or contact Dan Summins, Vice President, Development and Sustainability, 773-973-7900, ext. 226. For more information about Anixter Center, go to www.Aniter.org.

About Anixter Center
One of the largest nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area serving people with disabilities, Anixter Center provides an array of services to help those with disabilities and related challenges live, learn, work and play in the community. Through 35 programs and services at locations across the greater Chicago area, Anixter Center touches the lives of nearly 8,000 individuals annually and advocates for the rights of children and adults with all types of disabilities to participate fully and equally in society. More information about Anixter Center, which will turn 100 years old in 2019, can be found at www.Anixter.org.

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 You're Invited!
"Access for All"

 Anixter Center's Spring Benefit Honoring
Christopher G. Kennedy

 

Tuesday, May 16
6:00 p.m. Cocktails
7:00 p.m. Dinner & Program

 Morgan Manufacturing
401 N. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60642

 

Please join us in honoring Chris Kennedy for his lifelong commitment to
helping the underserved, particularly those with disabilities.

Meet new people, renew old acquaintances, and discover how
your support is making an incredible difference in the lives of the
8,000 children, teens and adults with disabilities that Anixter Center serves annually.

 

Tickets are $400; sponsorships range from $5,000 to $25,000. To purchase, click here.
Or contact Dan Summins, VP, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or 773-973-7900, ext. 226.

 

Anixter Center Announces Its CALOR Division
to Join AIDS Healthcare Foundation

Transition to Take Place Feb. 1, 2017


Chicago, Ill. (Jan. 30, 2017) — Effective February 1, Anixter Center’s CALOR Division will become part of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF).

CALOR (Comprensión y Apoyo a Latinos en Oposición al Retrovirus) was founded in 1990 as a grassroots organization in Chicago to support Latinos living with or affected by AIDS, a much underserved community at that time. In 1993, CALOR joined Anixter Center so that it could expand the population it served and the services provided. Today, CALOR is a recognized leader in HIV/AIDS support services in the city.

“By joining AIDS Healthcare Foundation, CALOR will now be able to serve even more people, far beyond the Chicago area. It is the perfect next step for CALOR as it continues to evolve and respond to new challenges in this field. And, more important, it is a wonderful transition for CALOR clients who will now have access to nationwide and global resources,” said Dr. Teresa Garate, President & CEO of Anixter Center.

Based in Los Angeles, AHF is a global nonprofit organization providing cutting-edge medicine and advocacy to more than 659,000 people in 36 countries. It is currently the largest provider of HIV/AIDS medical care in the United States.

“CALOR has been fortunate to be part of the Anixter Center family for many years,” said Omar Lopez, Director of CALOR. “We have grown and benefitted so much from the relationship and are now perfectly positioned to join AHF and take on a new leadership role in the area of HIV/AIDS prevention services. This is an exciting opportunity for our staff and our clients.”


About Anixter Center
Anixter Center provides an array of services to help children, teens and adults with disabilities and related challenges live, learn, work and play in the community. Through more than 30 programs at dozens of locations across the greater Chicago area and the country, Anixter Center touches the lives of more than 8,000 individuals annually through residential, employment, therapy, educational and community support services.

About CALOR
CALOR, a division of Anixter Center, provides individualized and culturally sensitive support for individuals with disabilities and their families, including those affected by HIV/AIDS. A leading service provider for individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS, CALOR offers case management, counseling, health education and preventive resources, housing and other comprehensive services for vulnerable populations throughout the Chicagoland area.

Happy Holidays From Your Friends at Anixter Center
Dear Friends and Supporters,

At Anixter Center we have much to celebrate.  

Our clients are thriving, we are making progress on improving our already excellent programs and services and we are on the road to improved financial stability.

These wonderful accomplishments would not be possible without you and your generous support.  Everyday we are witnesses to life-changing moments: clients overcoming barriers, learning new skills and preparing for the world of work and greater independence.   Please know that these are our shared successes.  Together, we make a remarkable impact on our clients, our neighborhoods and our world.

In this edition of our newsletter, you will meet our newest Board member, see how we celebrate the season and learn some tips on year-end giving.  

On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff and clients of Anixter Center, we wish you and your family a joyous Holiday Season and a healthy and prosperous New Year.

All the best,

Tere Garate
President and CEO
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5 Essential Tips for Year-End Giving

During the rush of the holiday season it is possible to forget about charitable giving until the last minute.  These five simple tips can help you make decisions that support the causes and organizations that you care about and possibly maximize your tax benefit.

#1 Give someone else's money
                Many companies have matching gift programs that will contribute dollar-for-dollar for your gift. Not sure if your employer has a matching gift program? Contact your HR department or go to https://www.matchinggifts.com/rit/ to find out.

#2 The deadline is 12/31/2016
                Mailed gifts must be postmarked by 12/31/2016 to be considered for 2016 tax deductibility. On-line gifts must be completed by midnight 12/31.  Visit www.anixter.org to make your on-line gift.

#3 Double or triple your tax break
                By donating appreciated stock you can maximize your personal tax deduction. Check with your tax professional for complete understanding of the tax implications. To arrange a stock donation to Anixter Center, contact Daniel Summins, MBA, Vice President of Development and Sustainability at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (773) 973 - 7900 ext. 226

#4 Make a donation directly from your 401K or IRA
                Congress has made permanent the ability to make a qualified charitable distribution from IRAs. Qualified charitable distributions can be made directly to a qualified charity. Up to $100,000 of tax-deferred savings can be given annually.  (Anixter Center is a qualified charity.) Importantly, qualified charitable distributions automatically satisfy required minimum distributions. Check with your tax professional and IRA provider for complete understanding of the tax implications.

#5 Never underestimate the difference that one person can make
                Anixter Center's ability to deliver excellent programming and positively impact the lives of more than 8,000 men, women and children is dependent on people just like you. You make a difference with every donation.
 
                Visit www.anixter.org to make a donation now.
               
                
Thank you for helping make Anixter Center a leader in the care of people with disabilities and related challenges.


Daniel Summins, Vice President of Development and Sustainability
Welcome New Board Member Angela Kabbes
 
The Anixter Center family welcomes Angela Kabbes to our distinguished Board of Directors. 
 
Angela Kabbes is founder and Principle of TANDEM Events & Communications, an internal communications organization.  Angela has over 20 years in the communications industry, spearheading large scale Pharma startups as well as serving the internal communications and events needs of established global leaders.  She has experience across a broad range of across industries including technology, management consulting, and most prominently healthcare, pharmaceuticals and biotech.
 
Her area of expertise is marketing communications that drive better business performance by connecting with audiences and inspiring them to action. 
 
She is committed to being a client's chief advocate and quality-control officer through every stage of communications engagements:  understanding challenges, developing strategic plans, sourcing the right talent, supervising production and executing on time, on budget and on message.
 
She has built and led teams that have executed company integrations, product launches, communications campaigns, large national meetings, leadership meetings, merger meetings, digital solutions and more. She is a true believer in the power of communication and engagement to inspire a team to action. 
 
We know that Angela will bring that same energy and passion to caring for our clients. Welcome aboard, Angela.
Izzy and Melissa Meet Santa
Anixter Center Clients Celebrate the Season!
Excited Anixter Center clients lined up to meet Santa and share their wish lists with him at our annual holiday party sponsored by the
Anixter Center Associate Council. Dozens of clients were serenaded by the acapella group  INVOX  Visit  INVOX for more information.  Special thanks to Cara Carlson and the ACAC for sponsoring this party.  
For information about or to join the Associate Council visit  Associate Council



Lekotek child swings at a seasonal pinata
Lekotek children and families came together to party and celebrate the season.  Music was provided by the Old Town School of Folk Music and our families sang and danced all afternoon. Special thanks to our Lekotek Ambassadors and  Volunteering 
Untapped Chicago for helping make this event a success.  Visit  VolunteeringUntappedChicago for information on volunteering.



 

Q&A with Teresa Garate, president & CEO of the Anixter Center
TUE, 12/20/2016 - 3:40PM 
By: Daily Whale Staff

06.23.15 AnixterCEO 7554 Edit 2 0Teresa Garate considers herself a “fixer” when it comes to her professional career. She has worked to implement organizational reforms while working at Chicago Public Schools’ Office of Specialized Services, the Illinois Department of Public Health and in her current role as the president & CEO of Anixter Center.

Garate stepped into her current role at the Anixter Center in June 2015. The center is one of Chicago’s largest nonprofit organizations, serving nearly 8,000 children, teens and adults with disabilities. With a broad background in education, disability, and social services, Garate joined the organization ready to implement change.

“I think my skillset is that I’ve learned how to use data to inform change and come up with best practices,” Garate told the Daily Whale in a recent interview.

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