Level-Up Luncheon

The goal of the Level-Up Luncheon, which will be hosted annually, is to create institutional-level funding for a single organization with unique potential for lasting impact in the city, in collaboration with the University Chicago Crime Lab and The Community Programs Accelerator, a program of the University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement. We are also honored to present the inaugural Robert J. Zimmer Humanitarian Award to Chancellor Emeritus Robert J. Zimmer of the University of Chicago in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the University and Chicago and our city.

This year’s luncheon seeks to raise between five and ten million dollars for Ring of Hope, an after-school mentoring and athletic program in Greater Grand Crossing, by the end of 2022. Located at the strategic intersection of several neighborhoods, Ring of Hope has provided safety, security, and solace for countless young people since its inception in 2010. Their offerings include boxing, basketball, double-dutch, art therapy, ACT/SAT prep, job readiness, a community food pantry, trauma-informed individual and group therapy, and overall emotional wellness education. By intervening at critical moments in youth and adolescence, Ring of Hope educates and empowers their children to be champions for change through their actions.

Benefitting the life-changing work of Ring of Hope.

Please Join Us!

October 11, 2022

11:30 am – 1 pm

The Langham Hotel

330 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

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