Holiday Toy Drive Gives Primo Center Kids A Happy Holiday

November 30, 2006 – The National Coalition of 100 Black Women-Chicago Chapter (NCBW100) will host its first annual Holiday Mixer benefiting the Primo Center for Women and Children (PCWC) at the Metropolitan Club, Thursday November 30, 2006 at 6:00 P.M.

NCBW supports and advocates the education, health, and economic empowerment for African American women across the country. The Chicago Chapter has traditionally supported AA agencies that hold similar missions and goals with the metropolitan area.

“Each year we select an agency to provide toys, games and toiletries for their residents,” said Ingrid Johnson, NCWB Acting Vice-President of Program Planning. “This year we decided to take a more strategic approach, selecting an organization the Chicago chapter could build solid-long standing relationships with and actually affect the outcome. The Primo Center embodies all those attributes as well as the proven ability to successfully transform one family at a time.”

“We want to thank the Chicago Chapter of the NCBW for graciously hosting this holiday mixer on behalf of the Primo Center for Women and Children”, said Heather Mitchell, President Primo Center for Women and Children. “Because of the generosity of the NCBW members the families at the Primo Center will have a great Christmas.”

All game and toy donations will support the families of the Primo Center for Women and Children. Food and beverages will be provided. Please RSVP for this event at

About NCBW100
NCBW100 is a nationally recognized organization whose mission is the development of socially conscious female leaders who are committed to furthering equity and empowerment for women of color in the society-at-large. NCBW100 is dedicated to community service through health initiatives, the creation of wealth for social change, and the enhancement of career opportunities for women of color through networking and strategically designed programs and the empowerment of women of color to meet their diverse needs.

Red Hot Gala Raises Plenty of Green for Primo Center for Women and Children

October 30, 2006 – It was a who’s who in the Chicago real estate community at the fifth annual Red Hot Gala on October 21, 2006 that raised $400,000 for the Primo Center for Women and Children (PCWC), located on the west side of Chicago.

Quintin E. Primo III, Chairman of the Primo Center for Women and Children was the Master of Ceremonies for the Bollywood-themed event that featured the color and pageantry of India. Choreographer/Director Debbie Allen, who’s best known for her role in the television series “Fame”, sat at the head table along with some of Chicago’s real estate elite.

Over 170-guest attended the event at the Chicago Illuminating Company that was bathed in a vibrant red and included an elaborate dining tent draped with fabrics from India, plus “Club Monsoon” an Indian discothèque that pulsated with a unique blend of Eastern and Western sounds. The guests dined on authentic Indian cuisine like grilled ginger-glazed lamb chops and exotic chocolate truffles spiced with curry.

“By supporting the Red Hot Gala, those of us in the Chicago real estate community are helping the Primo Center for Women and Children make a difference,” says Penny Pritzker, CEO of Pritzker Realty Group. “Our support assists residents to overcome a personal crisis or tragedy, to ultimately become self-sufficient.”

“The Red Hot Gala is the Chicago real estate community’s opportunity to really make a difference in the lives of others by raising funding to support the Primo Center for Women and Children’s mission of ending homelessness,” adds Randall K. Rowe, Chairman Green Courte Partners and PCWC Executive Board Member.

“The Red Hot Gala is our most important fundraising event benefiting the Primo Center for Women and Children,” says Quintin E. Primo III, Chairman of PCWC and Chairman/CEO of Capri Capital Partners, LLC. “Without the support of the Chicago real estate community, PCWC would lack the resources to continue its progressive approach to break the cycle of homelessness for these mothers and their children.”

Warner Saunders Special Guest at Primo Center for Women and Children’s “Intimate Dinners” Series

August 15, 2006 – Award winning NBC 5 anchor Warner Saunders will be the guest speaker at the second annual Intimate Dinners series hosted be Quintin E. Primo III and his wife Diane on September 28, 2006 at Spiaggia on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago.

Mr. Saunders has been a long-time supporter of The Primo Center for Women and Children. He has been an advocate for the homeless for many years. In fact, Mr. Saunders received the 1999 Hull House Jane Addams award for his commitment and service to the community.

“The measure of a successful person is not what he or she gets from the community, but how much he or she gives to the community,” says Saunders. “If we can remember that the homeless among us is a reflection of our collective failure…not just the failure of the person who is without the security of a place to call home. If we accept that, then it is our duty to help in any way we can. The Primo Center and organizations like it, have accepted that responsibility.”

“To have someone of Warner’s character be involved with my family’s shelter is incredible,” said Quintin E. Primo III, Chairman of PCWC and Chairman and CEO of Capri Capital Partners. “Warner never needs to be asked to help…he always volunteers.”

Mr. Saunders is a native Chicagoan celebrating 36 years in broadcasting. He has received many prestigious awards, 18 Chicago Emmy Awards in news and programming. He was inducted to the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Chicago Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Silver Circle. He is a past president of the Chicago Association of Black Journalists. In 1990, Saunders traveled to South Africa to report on the historic release of Nelson Mandela. A documentary developed from those reports titled “South Africa: What Happens to a Dream Deferred?

Saunders has a deep bench when it comes to television news. He was WMAQ-TV’s Sports Anchor and Reporter as well as host of “Warner,” the station’s public affairs talk show

Saunders was born in Chicago, received his B.A. from Xavier University and his M.A. from Northeastern University. Saunders and his wife Sadako live in Chicago.

United States Senator Barack Obama was last year’s “Intimate Dinners” event held at Pane Caldo.

Primo Center for Women and Children Receives Playset From Local Computer Company

July 28, 2006 – The Primo Center for Women and Children (PCWC) received a brand new play set for its backyard from Syclo Incorporated of Hoffman Estates, Illinois. About twenty volunteers from Syclo assembled the play set as the centerpiece of a playground that includes benches and flowering plants. In addition to creating the playground, the Syclo volunteers spruced-up outside the center by painting its fence.

“We are so excited to receive such a great gift for PCWC from Syclo. They have made a difference for us in so many ways since their donation to our Computer Technology Lab,” says Dollie Williams, Executive Director for PCWC. “The children will just love this!”

“I grew up a few miles from the Primo Center so I know that the environment can be oppressive, it gets you down and keeps you down,” says Frank Talluto Syclo Quality Assurance Analyst. “What I had that made a difference in my life was a strong family and neighbors who supported us. To me, the Primo Center represents an effort to boost the esteem of its clients with help and support, to give them an opportunity to be more than they thought they could be.”

“I think it’s a way for me to give something back to the community,” says Keith Sheehan, a Quality Assurance Analyst at Syclo. “I also feel that since we’re all on this planet together, each of us should do what we can to help those in need.”

“We are truly moved by the Primo Center and all that they do, which is why this is our third philanthropic event at the Center and we plan to continue our relationship for the long-term,” says Syclo spokesperson Katie Helt.

About Syclo
Syclo is a leading developer of mobile solutions that streamline workflow, maximize productivity and drive more value from enterprise systems. Building on its flagship development platform Agentry™, Syclo offers fully configurable, rapidly deployed mobile applications that run on a variety of devices and support real-time wireless and offline computing. Syclo’s SMART Suite includes pre-packaged and pre-integrated applications that mobilize CRM, ERP and EAM systems, among others, to improve communications and data capture. Syclo and its partners utilize Agentry to design, develop and integrate customized solutions on-time and within budget. Over 600 Global 2000 corporations across industries have deployed Syclo’s solutions. For more information, visit, or email

Primo Center for Women an Children Teaching Computer Skills To West Garfield Neighborhood Residents

Primo Center for Women and Children Holds Graduation Ceremony for Digital Divide Program.

June 1, 2006 – The Primo Center for Women and Children (PCWC) at 4241 West Washington Street continues to “break the mold” of how a homeless shelter operates.

On Thursday June 22, 2006, PCWC will hold graduation ceremonies for 70 students from its Digital Divide Program held in the center’s Community Technology Lab at Independence SDA Church located at 3808 West Polk Street in Chicago. The graduation ceremony will begin at 6 P.M.

The six-week program provides basic computer skills to families living in the shelter, and also to residents in the Austin and West Garfield neighborhoods. Fifteen of the graduates are children from the Primo Center for Women and Children. PCWC began offering the computer classes in the fall of 2005.

“The Digital Divide Program is something we’re very proud of,” said L. Heather Mitchell, Board President of the Primo Center for Women and Children. “Not only does the program provide job training skills to the center’s residents, but we are reaching out to our community to help individuals who wouldn’t normally be able to afford this type of training.”

“As a homeless shelter, we believe that homelessness can be prevented if we take the time to give real job skills to people before their needs become too desperate,” added Mitchell

The graduation ceremonies will feature students in traditional caps and gowns provided by the Primo Center for Women and Children. Funding for the Digital Divide Program came via grants from the Illinois Department of Economic Opportunity and the Illinois Department of Education.

PCWC Chairman Quintin E. Primo III Featured in Chicago Magazine

April 4, 2006 – Chicago Magazine profiled Quintin E. Primo III, Chairman of the Primo Center for Women and Children in its April 2006 issue called “The Money Issue”.

Primo was quoted as saying, “Being African-American, you cannot escape poverty. It is part of the culture. There is not a single African American in this country who does not have a relative who is poor.”

As far as the shelter that is named after his father, Quintin E. Primo, Jr., the Chairman and CEO of Capri Capital Advisors said, “We are changing lives one family at a time, and we are doing it in a very spiritual, supportive non-judgemental fashions.”

The cover of the April, 2006 issue features Oprah Winfrey.

Click here to read the article written by Margaret Littman.

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