Stage Is Set for Erie Neighborhood House Future of Promise Awards Dinner


March 1, 2016 | Chicago, IL

Staff at Erie Neighborhood House are anticipating record attendance for the 2016 Future of Promise ~ Futuro de Promesa awards dinner on Thursday, March 3.

Scheduled to begin with a cocktail reception at 5:30 pm in the Hyatt Regency Chicago’s Crystal Ballroom, the event generates critical revenue to benefit programs and services that empower low-income, primarily Hispanic families in Chicago’s immigrant community.

“We’re very excited about this year’s Future of Promise dinner,” says Kirstin Chernawsky, senior director of development and associate interim executive director at Erie House. “The outpouring of support for Erie House means so much, particularly at a time when the ongoing budget impasse in Springfield is having such a devastating impact on vulnerable communities across the state.”

Celena Roldan

Erie House anticipates record-breaking attendance at its 2016 Future of Promise awards dinner. PHOTO COURTESY ZUNO PHOTO

According to Chernawsky, the guest list for the annual dinner exceeds 600 names—well above the totals from previous years.

Departing executive director Celena Roldán shares Chernawsky’s excitement. “This is a particularly critical year for leaders in the community to rally around the vital human services Erie House provides,” says Roldán, who will conclude her 15-year tenure at Erie House on Thursday in order to begin serving as CEO of American Red Cross of Greater Chicago and Northern Illinois. “The annual dinner will serve as a reminder of the strong community of individuals who are committed to the mission of Erie House.”

The event will honor three individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to the community: Wintrust Financial Corporation CEO Ed Wehmer (Community Leader Award); McCarthy Ford co-founder Terrence P. LeFevour (Corporate Leader Award); and Juan C. Campos, Secretary–Treasurer for Teamsters Local Union No. 705 (Legacy Award).

Numerous political officials are expected to attend the event, including Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul (D–13th); 2015 Future of Promise honoree City Treasurer Kurt Summers; 2014 honoree Jesse Ruiz, President of the Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners; and Ald. Proco Joe Moreno (1st) and Ald. Ricardo Muñoz (22nd).

This year Erie House will also highlight programs and services offered from its site in Little Village, a vibrant Mexican-American community on Chicago’s Southwest Side. Little Village resident Maria de la Luz Gutierrez will offer a participant testimonial, speaking to the impact Erie House has had on her family. She participated in the ESL and Workforce Development programs at Erie House, and now she works as a teacher’s assistant in a preschool classroom and is on her way to earning a bachelor’s degree.

For more information on the awards dinner or to donate to Erie Neighborhood House, please visit or call (312) 432-2238.

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Erie Neighborhood House (ENH) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that reaches 18,000 people annually, empowering them to build better lives while strengthening their communities. ENH offers Chicago’s Latinx and diverse low-income residents a range of community-based education programs. With forward-thinking leadership, ENH is committed to continuing its legacy of cost effective, award-winning programming. For more information, please visit

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