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Northwestern Settlement Spotlights Community Champions at Better Futures Luncheon

On Thursday, September 14, Northwestern Settlement hosted the Better Futures Luncheon at the University Club of Chicago to honor those who are advocating and fighting for causes directly impacting children and families. The inaugural fundraiser and awards ceremony welcomed around 130 guests who are passionate about supporting children’s development, creating equity in opportunity, and fostering allyship to build a more inclusive Chicago.


The event presented Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul with the Inspire Award in recognition of his role as a consistent public advocate on the behalf of Illinois families.


“It was an honor to present Attorney General Raoul with the Inspire Award at the Better Futures Luncheon,” said Carole Wood, CEO of Northwestern Settlement. “The attorney general has been a steadfast advocate for the wellbeing of young people in Illinois since his election in 2019, and so this was a well-deserved recognition of one of our public servants most committed to the health and safety of our communities,” Wood added.


As part of the ceremony, Northwestern Settlement also presented the Vittum Medal to Bill Rowe on the behalf of his late father, John Rowe. Rowe was the founder of Rowe Elementary School, which is run by the Settlement. The Vittum Medal is named after the early twentieth century social reformer and longtime Settlement Head Resident, Harriet Vittum. All in all, it was a terrific inaugural fundraising celebration that set an inspiring tone for future events and all of the work ahead!








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