The One Gala 2018 — November 2, 6:30pm – 10:00pm

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November 2,  6:30pm – 10:00pm
The Geraghty
2520 South Hoyne Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60608

A special event to benefit: The Primo Center for Women and Children
In our commitment to end homelessness, we at the Primo Center have sharpened our purpose and our resolve — One Family. One Home — that’s what we’re all about. Simple. Clear. We’re speaking in one voice. Determined to achieve one goal. This year, we are proud to be celebrating 40 years.

Join us at The One Gala on Friday, November 2nd for our most important fundraiser and one of Chicago’s most celebrated social events. This year, The One Gala features an exclusive, one-night only jazz performance with Quintin Primo III, Frank Russell and Charles Heath. We are pleased to announce that the 2018 Global Service Award recipients are Tina Knowles and Richard Lawson. Join us for an evening of world-class cuisine, design and style, infused with a spirit tied directly to the Primo Center’s sole purpose.

For sponsorship opportunities, please review the 2018 Sponsorship Guide and contact Sarah Neukom at sarah@esppresents.com.

To make a donation, click here.

Visit our Eventbrite page for more information and tickets!


VIEW VIDEO RECAP OF 2017 EVENT

ILCHF Commits $11.5 Million to Improve Children’s Mental Health

Awards Planning Grants to 5 Illinois Communities

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Oak Brook, IL (July 9, 2018) — Building upon its successful Children’s Mental Health Initiative (CMHI 1.0), the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation is applying lessons learned to help five more Illinois communities develop a coordinated system of care for children and families. The  Foundation awarded 13 month $200,000 planning grants to enable mental and physical health providers, schools, parents, youth and other community organizations to develop a plan to improve the health of their children and communities. If the planning process is successful, in November 2019 each of the five communities will receive a second grant of $2.1 million over six years to implement their plans.

At any point in time, one in 10 children in Illinois suffers from a mental illness severe enough to cause some level of impairment; yet, in any given year only about 20% of these children receive mental health services.[1] Children who are experiencing environmental trauma and stress, anxiety, or depression can be unable to learn or function to their full potential.  A coordinated system of care which includes their primary care doctor, school, community mental health provider and other services can give these children and their families the support they need to thrive at home, in school and in their communities.

“As a field, we know the best approaches to caring for children with behavioral and emotional problems, and early intervention is key,” said Amy Starin, PhD. LCSW. ILCHF Senior Program Officer for Mental Health. “Each community in Illinois is unique and these grants will give them the resources to plan together. It is the start of what we hope will be a successful implementation of their plan over the following six years.”

The five communities were selected through a rigorous review process from twenty-nine submitted proposals. “We are applying learning from the first four CMHI communities, and the CMHI 1.0 leadership will serve as mentors for this second round of grantees.  Evaluation will be an integral part of this work as we support these five new communities in creating evidence-based models that communities across Illinois can learn from,” explained Heather Alderman, ILCHF president. “Our greatest hope is that these projects will result in real change that helps move the State toward the ILCHF Vision that ‘Every Child in Illinois Grows up Healthy’“.

Funded Communities Include:

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About Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation

Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation (ILCHF) is the only statewide private foundation solely focused on improving the health of all children in the State of Illinois. ILCHF was created in December 2002 through an action of then Attorney General Jim Ryan and an Illinois insurance carrier. This action and a settlement of approximately $125 million established the Foundation’s endowment.

From 2002 to 2018, Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation has awarded more than $79 million in grants that have been invested in programs aimed at improving children’s overall health in Illinois, with a focus on oral health and mental health. For additional information about ILCHF, please see www.ilchf.org.

[1] Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership; FY 2017 Annual Report to the Governor

CONTACT:
Jennifer Amdur Spitz
Jennifer@AmdurSpitz.com
773-771-7696

 

The One Gala 2017 — November 3, 6:30pm – 10:00pm

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November 3,  6:30pm – 10:00pm
The Geraghty
2520 South Hoyne Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60608

In our commitment to end homelessness, we at the Primo Center have sharpened our purpose and our resolve — One Family. One Home — that’s what we’re all about. Simple. Clear. So it’s natural that our most important fundraiser and one of Chicago’s most celebrated social events, The Primo Classico, should also evolve. It will remain the must-attend event on Chicago’s social calendars featuring world-class cuisine, design and style, but it has been infused with a new energy and spirit tied directly to the Center’s sole purpose. We’re speaking in one voice. Determined to achieve one goal. Welcome to The One Gala.  You will not want to miss it.

Visit our Eventbrite page for more information and tickets!


Complimentary valet at The Geraghty
Elevated Creative Cocktail Attire
Complimentary coat-check

6:30PM – 8:00PM | DINNER IS SERVED!
Dinner will be served in the form of interactive Chef Stations
Includes chefs from 7 of Chicago’s top area restaurants: GT Fish, GT Prime, Pelago, Belvedere, Legno, Marchesa, and 1416. This takes the place of a formal seated dinner. Magnificent wines, local beers, and craft cocktails will be served all evening.

8:00PM – 9:30PM | SEATED PROGRAM, LIVE AUCTION & PADDLE RAISE!
A selection of desserts, cheeses, breads, and fruit will be available at each table for guests to enjoy following the 6:30pm – 8:00pm dinner hour.

Master of Ceremonies | Robin Robinson
2017 Primo Global Service Award | Eddie T. Johnson, Chicago Police Superintendent

The LIVE AUCTION includes once in a lifetime trips and experiences!
A week long stay for 10 in Big Sky Montana, Adventure for 4 to see the Northern Lights, A trip for 8 to the Amalfi Coast, Singapore F1 Race, SpaceX Tour for 4 in Beverly Hills and much more!

SILENT AUCTION OPEN NOW!
To pre-register for any silent and live auction bidding, please register via our mobile bidding partner Gesture.

RAFFLE TICKETS

On behalf of the Primo Center for Women and Children, we would like to express our sincere gratitude for your support. Last year we raised over $500,000 for the Center and know that we can do even more this year with your help. Please bid often and generously to support our work and mission – One Family. One Home.


Also a word of thanks to The One Gala sponsors. We are especially grateful for the unwavering support provided by our corporate sponsors whose generosity is instrumental in making this event possible. The commitment of these fine companies and individuals have a profound effect on PCWC’s mission to empower women and children to become productive, responsible and independent members of their communities.

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Primo Classico 2016 — Saturday, October 22, 2016, 6:30pm – 11:30pm

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Hawthorne Global Aviation Services,
1120 South Milwaukee Avenue, Wheeling IL

You are invited to join Diane and Quintin Primo at the 5th annual Primo Classico! Come experience a spectacular evening that celebrates European “luxelife”.

The 5th Annual Primo Classico will be a turbo celebration for enthusiasts of exquisite wines, culinary excellence, luxury jets and breathtaking cars. This ultra event will also feature high-octane entertainment, super silent and live auctions that finish second-to-none! You will not want to miss it.

Visit Primoclassico.com for more information and ticket options!

Also a word of thanks to the Primo Classico sponsors. We are especially grateful for the unwavering support provided by our corporate sponsors whose generosity is instrumental in making this event possible. The commitment of these fine companies and individuals have a profound effect on PCWC’s mission to empower women and children to become productive, responsible and independent members of their communities.

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Primo Center for Women and Children CEO Christine Achre speaks at Under One Roof Conference in London

Chicago, Illinois – July 5, 2016 – Primo Center for Women and Children (“Primo Center”) Chief Executive Officer Christine Achre spoke at the Under One Roof annual conference in London on Tuesday, July 5th. Ms. Achre discussed psychological trauma and how to work with those affected.

The annual Under One Roof conference is a two-day event that promotes networking, learning and debate homelessness and supported housing issues.

“The Under One Roof conference shows that the problem of homelessness is a growing problem around the world,” said Ms. Achre, who is a highly sought-after speaker on the topic of services for homeless, having worked with homeless families over the past two decades. “It’s events like Under One Roof where we can come together to find common ground where we can all work together to try to come-up with solutions.”

About Primo Center for Women and Children
The Primo Center provides a continuum of housing solutions combined with mental health and support services to homeless women, men and children. The agency is committed to breaking the cycles of poverty, violence and homelessness, allowing families to eventually thrive in their home communities. Learn more at www.primocenter.org.

About Christine Achre
Ms. Achre is presently the CEO of Primo Center for Women and Children, a comprehensive social services organization located in Chicago and focused on breaking the cycle of homelessness in families. As a trained clinician with expertise in trauma-informed care, Ms. Achre has provided services to homeless families since 1995 and has focused on program development, research, and clinical practice, geared towards the implementation of best practices for homeless families. She has also worked within the children’s mental health sector and has participated in the dialogue on the administration and financing for a comprehensive system of care for children.

Primo Center for Women and Children CEO Christine Achre featured in Realtor® Magazine

Chicago, IllinoisJune 29, 2016 – Primo Center for Women and Children (“Primo Center”) Chief Executive Officer Christine Achre and Primo Center are featured in the Summer 2016 issue of Realtor® Magazine, the official magazine of the National Association of Realtors. Ms. Achre and the center are highlighted in an article by G.M. Filisko entitled Homelessness in America: Housing First, Then Support.

The article points-out that Primo Center operates two facilities with a total of 184 beds and a 12-unit apartment building and has access to 100 scattered-site housing units. In the article, Ms. Achre is quoted as saying that roughly 85-percent of families Primo Center helps are headed by a single parent, most often a female.

The story goes on to state that Primo Center, over the last six years, has averaged a 97 percent success rate when it comes to placing people in permanent housing.

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The Primo Center, for example, boasts a 97 percent success rate (over the last six years) when it comes to placing people in permanent housing, reports Achre. Behind that statistic are real people, like the mother who had serious alcohol abuse issues. She and her teenage daughter had been asked to leave at least four shelters before they found the Primo Center.  A crisis erupted one day when the mother became dangerously drunk and abusive to sta? and other residents.  After medically stabilizing the woman, center sta? spent the next day counseling her on the devastating e?ects of her behavior.

 “That was a turning point,” recalls Achre. “She accepted the assistance we were providing, and she and her daughter are now doing quite well. Working with these families and really seeing what can be achieved is something I’m proud of.”

Realtor´® Magazine has a circulation of more than 1.1 million, plus it’s website attracts 540,000 unique monthly visitors.

Read the entire story starting on Page 4 of the following link: http://www.realtor.org/publications/on-common-ground/summer-2016-housing-for-all

About Primo Center for Women and Children
The Primo Center provides a continuum of housing solutions combined with mental health and support services to homeless women, men and children. The agency is committed to breaking the cycles of poverty, violence and homelessness, allowing families to eventually thrive in their home communities. Learn more at www.primocenter.org.

About Christine Achre
Ms. Achre is presently the CEO of Primo Center for Women and Children, a comprehensive social services organization located in Chicago and focused on breaking the cycle of homelessness in families. As a trained clinician with expertise in trauma-informed care, Ms. Achre has provided services to homeless families since 1995 and has focused on program development, research, and clinical practice, geared towards the implementation of best practices for homeless families. She has also worked within the children’s mental health sector and has participated in the dialogue on the administration and financing for a comprehensive system of care for children.