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  • Brian Russell of Stand Up For Kids, Joey & Greg Morelli of Max's Deli

    Brian Russell of Stand Up For Kids, Joey & Greg Morelli of Max's Deli
    Bob Lussier

Cassy Murphy

While much of the world was simply celebrating football (and commercials), a special group of activists "stood up" for homeless kids in Chicago. Dunlays on the Square (3137 W. Logan Blvd.) hosted a successful fundraiser to raise money and awareness for Stand Up For Kids Chicago, a non-profit organization dedicated to end youth homelessness through national and local outreach. Their incredible all-inclusive 'football, food and philanthropy' Super Bowl party ticket drew in fans and friends, raising over $6,000 for Chicago's homeless youth.

"The goal for this Super Bowl event was to raise awareness of teen homelessness in Chicagoland," says Brian Russell, executive director of Stand Up For Kids Chicago. "We're so grateful for every dollar earned that supports our outreach on the streets and within our private center. These dollars will help feed and clothe the youth we work with, but most importantly, it helps give them hope."

In addition to the Super Bowl all-inclusive food and drink package, the event hosted a silent auction and raffles as well, including Blackhawk tickets.

Stand Up For Kids Chicago volunteers are onsite and walking the streets every week, meeting the kids, passing along warm clothing, food, and specific items requested by youth. The organization relies on donations that make their outreach possible. Hosting quarterly fundraisers, their next event will be a summer "slider competition," (exact date and location TBD), followed by the Stand Up for Kids - Chicago Open 2014 Golf Outing Friday, September 15th at the Wilmette Park District Golf Course. Additional information on all upcoming events can be found at the Stand Up for Kids Chicago Website or Facebook. Donations are always welcome.


Stand Up For Kids is a non-profit volunteer organization whose mission is to provide crisis intervention and basic survival necessities for at-risk and homeless youth through national and local outreach. Violence and abuse are unfortunately increasingly common within families and communities, and there are now 1.3 million homeless and street kids. Stand Up For Kids offers an abundance of services, complete anonymity, and ensures that youth do not have to feel alone in dealing with their problems. The mission is to end the cycle of youth homelessness throughout the United States. For more information and to inquire about volunteering, visit, email, or call 1-800-365-4KID.