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.
"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
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 773-973-7900, ext. 226.
Anixter Center Announces Its CALOR Division
to Join AIDS Healthcare Foundation
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.
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.
Q&A with Teresa Garate, president & CEO of the Anixter Center
TUE, 12/20/2016 - 3:40PM
By: Daily Whale Staff
Teresa 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.