Primo Center for Women and Children Holds Graduation Ceremony for Computer Skills Class

Basic Computer Skills Program Helps Homeless Moms and Kids plus Garfield area residents

Graduation Ceremony
Thursday, September 27, 2007
6 P.M.
Primo Center for Women and Children
4241 W. Washington Street, Chicago, IL

The Primo Center/Digital Divide Basic Computer Program will graduate its 150th student during ceremonies Thursday, September 27, 2007 at 6 P.M. at the Primo Center for Women and Children (“PCWC”) located at 4241 West Washington Street in Chicago.

The Summer 2007 graduating class of thirty students will push the two-year old program above 150 people that have been helped by the six-week sessions that are held in the center’s Community Technology Lab. Thursday’s 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.

“What makes this program different is that it not only provides basic computer skills to families living in the shelter, but also to residents in the Austin and West Garfield neighborhoods,” said Dollie Williams, Executive Director of Primo Center for Women and Children.

“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 it allows us are reach out into 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.”

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Jazz Legend Arturo Sandoval to Perform at RedHot Gala

Sixth Annual Gala Benefits the Primo Center for Women and Children

September 27, 2007 – Every year the Red Hot Gala prides itself on creating a party unlike any other in Chicago. The sixth annual Red Hot Gala entitled “Havana Nights” on Saturday, October 13, 2007 will be no exception as Jazz Great Arturo Sandoval headlines a night of great entertainment at the Murphy Auditorium at 50 East Erie Street.

The annual gala benefits the Primo Center for Women and Children (“PCWC”), a 120-day transitional shelter located on the west side of Chicago. The gala was created six years ago by mover-and-shakers in the Chicago real estate community, and this year the guest list has expanded to include some of the city’s top business professionals. Last year’s event raised over $400,000.

Sandoval, a protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, has won four Grammies, six Billboard Awards and an Emmy Award.

Quintin E. Primo III, Chairman of the Primo Center for Women and Children and Chairman and CEO of Capri Capital Partners in Chicago, is the Master of Ceremonies for the Cuban-themed event featuring the color and pageantry of Cuba.

“The Red Hot Gala is our most important fundraising event benefiting the Primo Center for Women and Children,” said Primo. “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.”

“The Red Hot Gala is the Chicago business 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.

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RedHot Midnight Kiss Featuring Carmen Electra Raises Over $100,000 for the Primo Center for Women and Children

September 12, 2007 — Quintin E. Primo III, Chairman of the Primo Center for Women and Children, has announced that the first annual RedHot Midnight Kiss featuring Carmen Electra raised over $100,000 for the 120-day transitional center for homeless mothers and children located in the Austin and Garfield neighborhoods on the west side of Chicago. The August 18, 2007 Red Carpet VIP party was held at Bon V, a west loop nightclub located at 1100 West Randolph.

“It was exciting to have Carmen be involved with raising money for our special families,” said Quintin E. Primo III, Chairman of the Primo Center for Women and Children. “In addition to raising some much needed funds for the center, the event that was created by Event Chair Trish Hoffman also created dialogue on the problem of homeless women and children in this country, which is the fastest growing segment of the homeless population in America.”

“I can’t say enough about our RedHot Midnight Kiss Host Committee, which worked day and night to raise $100,000.” said Hoffman, who is also a member of the Primo Center for Women and Children’s Board of Directors. “However, just as important is that over 600 people who attended the event were exposed to the seriousness of the homeless problem facing mothers and their children in this country. I am just so pleased that Carmen and a long list of sponsors came on-board to help our effort.”

“It’s very important to help people in need,” said Carmen Electra, who in May released her latest book ‘How To Be Sexy’. “Giving back is something that has been important throughout my career, and that’s why I was so pleased to be associated with the Primo Center for Women and Children.”

RedHot Midnight Kiss featuring Carmen Electra is the sister event of the RedHot Gala which raised over $400,000 and celebrates its sixth year in October 2007.

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Junior League of Chicago Partners with PCWC

September 1, 2007 – Beginning in November, 2007, volunteers from the Junior League of Chicago will begin a long-term strategic partnership with the Primo Center for Women and Children to help residents with job search and resume building, plus a healthy eating initiative.

The five-year program will start out as a series of once-a-month workshops in PCWC’s computer technology lab. Approximately six-to-eight volunteers from the Junior League will spend five hours each Saturday working with PCWC residents on their resumes and helping them look for employment. The volunteers will also supply lunch for moms and their kids.

A second-phase of the program that runs between September and June will be the development of a healthy eating module that will teach residents proper nutrition.

“We focus on women and children at risk. We’re committed to developing the potential of women, promoting volunteerism and improving communities,” said Betsy Whitlow, vice president of the community council for the Junior League of Chicago, and vice president of wealth management at Northern Trust.

To learn more about the Junior League of Chicago please click here for its website.