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SOS Children's Villages Illinois' Dining & Conversation Gala Brings New Attention to Mission of Serving Illinois' Most Vulnerable.

Byline: Karolyn Raphael

Notables including Christian Bale, Adam McKay, David Eigenberg, Zach Filkins, Gillian Flynn, Leslie Hindman, Star Jones, Candace Jordan, Scott Turow, and many more joined with 150 guests on Wednesday, May 1, at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park to raise funds for SOS Children's Villages Illinois during its spring gala, Dining & Conversation, sponsored by Sodexo. The 2019 Luminaries' journey began with a Leadership Reception at 210 Design House, followed by a tour of Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, where a conversation with the media included comments from lead SOS Illinois Luminary Christian Bale, SOS Illinois CEO Tim McCormick, Cinespace Chicago Film Studio President Alex Pissios, Michael Landers, Vice President, North America Schools at Sodexo, this year's gala sponsor, and Tevin Marbeth, a New Orleans Actor and SOS Illinois Alumni. Following media interviews, Bale and Eigenberg joined SOS Illinois Foster Parents to learn more about the rewards and challenges of being a Foster Parent at SOS Illinois from those who experience it every day.

"The mission of keeping brothers and sisters together requires a great number of moving pieces working in concert every day, all for the safety of the children in our care. And yet, the easiest way to understand our model of care is to meet our Foster Parents and hear about the work they do," stated SOS Children's Village Illinois CEO Tim McCormick. "We are fortunate to have dedicated individuals and business leaders who share our vision for strengthening families and transforming lives. By investing in the communities we serve, light is shed on the good and uplifting work we do to support at-risk youth and their families. Our joint efforts are making a difference and building the future of foster care," he added.

SOS Children's Villages Illinois encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Illinois a better place for children in foster care. By acknowledging Foster Parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policymakers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections; SOS Illinois is changing the narrative of the foster care system. For more information visit www. sosillinois.org.

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Publication:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
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Date:Jun 20, 2019
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