Motown Takes Center Stage at 2009 RedHot Gala Benefiting the Primo Center for Women and Children

Chicago, IL September 23, 2009 – The 50th Anniversary of Motown will be celebrated at the 8th Annual Red Hot Gala benefiting the Primo Center for Women and Children (PCWC) on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at Jay Pritzker Pavilion Stage at Millennium Park located at 201 East Randolph Street in Chicago.

Quintin E. Primo III and his wife Diane, who are Co-Chairmen of the Primo Center for Women and Children, will welcome their guests to the revolutionary outdoor concert stage beginning at 6 P.M. for a cocktail hour and then an elegant dinner with Millennium Park and the incredible Chicago skyline as the backdrop.

Red Hot Gala

Saturday, October 17, 2009

6 P.M. to Midnight

Jay Pritzker Pavilion Stage at Millennium Park

210 E. Randolph Street in Chicago

“Current economic pressure is raising the number of homeless in Chicago,” said Quintin E. Primo, III, who is also Chairman and Founder of Capri Capital Partners in Chicago. “I’ve looked into the eyes of our moms and children and know how much they appreciate having nice beds and warm meals, plus first-class counseling that helps them work through difficult times and build for the future.  If it weren’t for all of our friends and supporters, who look beyond their own lives, we couldn’t continue to work toward ending homelessness one family at a time.”

Joining DJ Sadie on-stage will be “The Connection”, a Motown foursome, for 50 years of Motown music that is sure to keep everyone dancing until midnight.

For ticket information please call Oscar Groves at 312-805-5260

RedHot High Tea Returns to Benefit Primo Center

Chicago, IL May 10, 2009 – The RedHot Board is proud to announce RedHot High Tea II on Sunday, May 31, 2009 from 2 P.M. to 5 P.M. at the G.R. N’Namdi Gallery at 110 North Peoria Street in Chicago.Â

The 2nd annual event, entitled “City Style”, will raise money for the Primo Center for Women and Children (“PCWC”), an interim housing program for mothers and their children located in the West Garfield neighborhood of Chicago.

Anna McCoy, a noted empowerment coach and author, will address the crowd and announce the launch Hope’s Chance, a business opportunity for homeless women and self-supporting young adults.

“Hope’s Chance’s mission is to employ homeless women, working age orphans and others in dire straits, and donate half of the company’s net profits to charity,” said Diane Primo Co-Chairman of PCWC and Chief Executive Officer of Hope’s Chance. “All of us at Hope’s Chance look forward to our partnership with the Primo Center. In these tough economic times our hope is to donate hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to charities like the Primo Center for Women and Children.”

“As the economic crisis worsens, charities need to get creative in finding new funding sources,” said Christine Achre, Chief Executive Officer of Primo Center for Women and Children. “With organizations like the RedHot Board, Hope’s Chance and The Entertaining Company, which donates the formal high tea menu, our organization is able to move forward with innovative programs for homeless moms and their children.”

About Primo Center for Women and Children

PCWC is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) an interim housing program for mothers and their children located in the West Garfield neighborhood of Chicago. The center’s “LessHomeless” campaign is creating effective solutions to bring an end to family homelessness.

The Primo Center for Women and Children is named in honor of the late Right Reverend Quintin E. Primo, Junior. Bishop Primo was first to serve in many areas: the first president of the National Union of Black Episcopalians; the first black bishop of Chicago; the first bishop to ordain women priests in that diocese; and the first black Episcopal bishop in the Diocese of Delaware. For more information, please visit our website at www.primocenter.org

About RedHot

RedHot is the fundraising arm of the Primo Center for Women and Children. It oversees several events during the year including the RedHot Gala, RedHot Midnight Kiss, RedHot Cocktails, and RedHot Greens and RedHot High Tea.

Media Contacts:

Trish Hoffman 312-805-4314

Jeff Fisher 312-805-4850

Chicago Diocese of Episcopal Church To Honor Dollie Williams, Executive Director of PCWC

Chicago, IL – May 5, 2009- Primo Center for Women and Children (“PCWC”) Executive Director Dollie Williams will receive the Bishop’s Award during the Bishop’s Associates Annual Luncheon on Thursday, May 7, 2009 at the Union Club in Chicago. The Bishop’s Award, which will be presented by Rt. Reverend Jeffrey D. Lee, Bishop of the Chicago Diocese of the Episcopal Church, recognizes individuals for outstanding service to God, church and community.

“It’s an honor to receive the Bishop’s Award,” said Williams, who has been with the Primo Center since 2002. “The mothers and children that come through the doors of our center inspire me every day to help, but the real winners are my staff and the supporters of our shelter.”

“Ms. Williams is very deserving of this award, because of her tireless dedication to the cause of ending homelessness…one family at a time,” said Quintin E. Primo III, Chairman of PCWC. “She is a tireless worker, who has dedicated her life to helping others. With the help of her great staff, the Primo Center has been able to make a difference in the lives of many families dealing with being homeless.”

Primo Center for Women and Children Teams-up with Feinstein Foundation to Fight Hunger

Chicago, IL – February 24, 2009- The Primo Center for Women and Children (“PCWC”) is pleased to announce it is partnering with the Feinstein Foundation in its’ 12th Annual Million Dollar Giveaway to Fight Hunger.

Under the program, the Feinstein Foundation will award PCWC a monetary grant based on all cash and food donations to the center between March 1, 2009 and April 30, 2009. Feinstein Foundation grants can range from $250 to $40,000 per participating agency.

“We are pleased to participate in this very important challenge,” says Christine Achre, Chief Executive Officer of the Primo Center for Women and Children. “Feinstein’s past million dollar challenges to fight hunger have raised a record $940 million for agencies nationwide.  This partnership represents one of the most successful grassroots campaign to fight hunger.”

Achre added, “Any donations we receive will turn into cash, and be used for the operating expenses of our home away from home for moms and their children.”

“People always ask why I giveaway a million dollars each year to fight hunger, and the answer is simple,” said Alan Shawn Feinstein, Chief Executive Officer of the Feinstein Foundation. “I believe each of us was put here on earth to do what we can to help those in need.”

To make a donation to PCWC for the Feinstein Foundation Million Dollar Giveaway to Fight Hunger, please contact PCWC Chief Development Officer Shelley Cooper at 773-722-2371.

About Primo Center for Women and Children

PCWC is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) an interim housing program for mothers and their children located in the West Garfield neighborhood of Chicago. The center’s “LessHomeless” campaign is creating effective solutions to bring an end to family homelessness.Â

About Feinstein Foundation

Founded in 1991 by Alan Shawn Feinstein, the Feinstein Foundation is dedicated to the alleviation of hunger, the importance of community service in education and the values of caring, compassion and brotherhood. The Foundation does not accept unsolicited requests for funding. For more information please visit the foundation’s website at www.feinsteinfoundation.org.

Media Contacts:

Trish Hoffman 312-805-4314

Jeff Fisher 312-805-4850

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Quintin E. Primo III Honored by Chicago Defender

The Chicago Defender has named PCWC Chairman Quintin E. Primo III as one of its Men of Excellence. Primo, along with 49 other honorees, was honored during a January 15th celebration at the Hotel Allegro.

“It is truly an honor to be cited by a great publication like the Chicago Defender,” said Primo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Capri Capital Partners, LLC in Chicago. “I believe that being a role model for our children is the biggest thing that a man can give back to society.”

The 50 Men of Excellence in Chicago were saluted for excellence in their work and their communities.

Click here to read the entire list of honorees.