More than 100 Lake County business and community partners gathered March 18 for United Way of Lake County's exclusive Premier Leadership Event at Halas Hall, raising more than $110,000 for United Way's work in preparing children to succeed in a changing world.
During the event, guests learned about the results United Way of Lake County's education programs are achieving in the Lake County community, and had the opportunity to support United Way's work through the "Fund the Need" Paddle Raiser.
Special guest George H. McCaskey, chairman of the Chicago Bears, welcomed guests to the Chicago Bears' newly renovated facility and shared his personal experiences as a Reading Success volunteer in Lake County.
McCaskey introduced Bill Kurtis, well-known journalist and documentarian, who was master of ceremonies for the "Fund the Need" Paddle Raiser. During the event, Kurtis shared how guests could support United Way's educational programs and initiatives through a variety of giving levels.
Sponsors for the leadership event included Allstate Insurance Company, MacLean-Fogg, Baxter Credit Union and Hollister Incorporated and Cancer Treatment Centers of America, whose president and CEO and incoming board chair of UWLC, Scott Jones, presented the event's introductory remarks and shared United Way of Lake County's strong partnership with the Chicago Bears.
"We are very proud of our partnership with the Chicago Bears organization and are thrilled to have George McCaskey as a guest reader in our program," said Kristi Long, president and CEO of United Way of Lake County.
"Having our event hosted at the newly renovated Halas Hall was a key factor in our successful fundraising results. The Chicago Bears are a class act."