ChildServ, a nonprofit dedicated to building better lives for children, held its annual Founder's Day Gala at Morgan Manufacturing in Chicago Oct. 27.

Nearly 500 supporters attended the event, raising more than $295,000 to benefit the 2,481 children and families in the organization's programs.

"We are grateful for the incredible generosity of those who helped to make our 2017 Founder's Day Gala a huge success," said Dan Kotowski, president and CEO of ChildServ. "The funds raised ensure that we can successfully continue our mission to help our children and families build a strong foundation for the best possible life."

ChildServ's Founder's Day Gala featured a program emceed by WGN Radio's Patti Vasquez, honoring HBK Engineering LLC for its philanthropic and service efforts as well as DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin for his outstanding career in public service.

The organization also debuted a new promotional video and recognized two clients as Foster Parent of the Year and Youth of the Year, respectively, for their resilience and commitment to building a better life and achieving their potential.

For information about the gala or how to get involved with ChildServ, visit www.childserv.org.

About ChildServ

Since 1894, ChildServ has helped children to build better lives and achieve their potential. The human service agency provides community-based programs, including early childhood education, foster care and adoption services, housing for formerly homeless youth, residential group homes, and trauma-informed counseling, to children and families in Cook, DuPage, Kane and Lake counties.