Better Makers: Union League Boys & Girls Clubs Raise Over $60,000 for Educational Programs

The Union League Boys & Girls Clubs celebrated their 100th anniversary in conjunction with their 22nd Annual Wine Dinner on June 14 at the Union League Club. The dinner entailed a five course meal executed by the Union League Club’s Chef Garbin, and was paired with hand-picked Heitz Cellar wine. Guests were able to participate in the live auction that included prizes such as a private sailboat cruise along Lake Michigan and private tours of the Heitz Cellars in Napa Valley. Over $60,000 was raised in the live auction and will be used to support the various youth programs the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs offer.

The Union League Boys & Girls Clubs are an entity of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, but is separate from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago. The ULBGC’s mission is to make a positive difference for Chicago’s disadvantaged youth by providing after-school programs that focus on homework help and tutoring, arts, sports, STEM and robotics, and mentorship. These programs not only serve over 15,000 youth in 11 underserved communities such as Pilsen, Humboldt Park, Englewood, Bucktown, and South Lawndale, but ULBGC also provides a hot meal to every participant every single day. In addition to that, the ULBGC offers summer camp in Salem, Wisconsin, on a vast 250-acre land that fulfills fun and educational activities all summer long.

Union League Boys & Girls Clubs: Dr. Jewel Oats, Mary Ann Mahon Huels, and Sharon Grant
Dr. Jewel Oats, Mary Ann Mahon Huels (ULBGC President & CEO), and Sharon Grant
Union League Boys & Girls Clubs: Mike and Jan Devine, Craig Labus, Margaret Hacus, and Jennifer Bradbury
Mike and Jan Devine, Craig Labus (Board Chair), Margaret Hacus, and Jennifer Bradbury
Union League Boys & Girls Clubs: Lisa Shade, Amy Shade, Charlotte Shade, and David Shade Jr.
Lisa Shade (co-chair), Amy Shade, Charlotte Shade, and David Shade Jr.
 Union League Boys & Girls Clubs: Christina Laube, Celine Fitzgerald, and Annie and Staunton Peck
Christina Laube, Celine Fitzgerald, and Annie and Staunton Peck
Union League Boys & Girls Clubs: John Zick, Neal Kottke, and Ron Seliga
John Zick, Neal Kottke, and Ron Seliga
Union League Boys & Girls Clubs: Co-Chair Michael L. Sullivan, Meredith Murray (Heitz Cellar), Co-Chair Lisa Shade, and Board Chair Craig Labus
Co-Chair Michael L. Sullivan, Meredith Murray (Heitz Cellar), Co-Chair Lisa Shade, and Board Chair Craig Labus
Union League Boys & Girls Clubs: Chris and Jill Kosonen
Chris and Jill Kosonen
Union League Boys & Girls Clubs programs
IMPACT: Money raised at this event will support Union League Boys & Girls Clubs programs.

Lily YuLily Yu was born and raised in Chicago but eventually found herself studying in the heart of the cornfields at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is majoring in business management and marketing, and is a proud supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.