Shelter Inc. will host its 25th anniversary Charity Ball on Friday, Nov. 16, at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, Chicago, home of the Charity Ball throughout its history. NBC 5 returns for the sixth year as media sponsor and Dick Johnson, NBC 5 Chicago reporter/anchor will return as Shelter's silver anniversary host.
Shelter Inc. is a nonprofit child welfare agency that protects abused and neglected children and adolescents in the Northwest Suburbs by providing foster care, emergency and longer-term group home services in a safe and caring environment. Its Healthy Families Program provides home visits to first-time parents emphasizing children's well-being and positive parenting.
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This year's honorary chairs are Richard and Sheryl Rosen of Wheeling. The Rosens have been kind and generous friends to Shelter for many years.
"Our involvement stems from the fact that Shelter is community oriented, whose mission is directed to our children and teens," said Richard Rosen.
Shelter's highest honor, the Paul Buckholz Award will be presented to Michael and Margaret Tower of Glenview, who have been longtime supporters of Shelter. Michael Tower is a former board president and Margaret Tower co-founded and serves as president of Shelter's Auxiliary.
In 1988, Shelter founded the annual Charity Ball with a goal: By forming partnerships with the local business community, they could ease the pain of emotionally and physically abused children by expanding care facilities and services. The late Robert Galvin, then-president and chief executive officer of Motorola served as the first honorary chairman. Since then, honorary chairmen have represented companies such as Allstate Insurance Company, BMO Harris, AT Kearney, Sears and Zurich.
In 1996, through efforts of the honorary chairmen and the support of the community, Shelter's Boys Group Home in Palatine was opened and to this day remains the only community-based, emergency group home for adolescent boys in the area.
This year's event will feature a touch of silver in the striking décor, exquisite dining, red carpet entertainment by Joan Rivers impersonator Ellie Weingardt, and live music by the Elmhurst College Jazz Band to dance the evening away. There will be a live and silent auction and a very special Silver Anniversary raffle to raise funds for the programs and services provided to the abused and neglected youth in Shelter's care and for its abuse prevention programs.
For information or to register for the event, visit Shelter's website at www.shelter-inc.org or contact Shelter, Inc.'s Special Events coordinator at (847) 590-6188.