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Near North Unity Program's  2nd Annual NNUP 1 Benefit - 'Connect, Convene & Celebrate'

Near North community members, residents and stake holders gathered at Benchmark on Wells street to celebrate the 2nd Annual NNUP 1 Benefit. The event was well attended and guests enjoyed delicious food and beverages generously provided by Benchmark, along with donations from Goddess & Grocer and Kamehachi. Sharon Wheeler, NNUP Program Manager welcomed everyone and introduced Co-Host, Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr. to address the community. The Alderman congratulated NNUP on its success and remarked on how NNUP began with his desire to create a diverse, connected community in the Near North. He acknowledged and gave thanks to LISC, LaSalle Street Church and Commissioner Mooney, former Executive Director for LISC, in providing the support and resources for NNUP to continue to grow and build relationships in the Near North community.  

 Commissioner of Andrew J. Mooney congratulated the Near North community on its completion of its Quality of Life Plan and remarked at the significance it has not only as a document for planning but also as a testament of community working together to accomplish such a task.  The Commissioner acknowledged LISC Executive Director Susana Vasquez and Deputy Director Keri Blackwell on their commitment to the Near North community in working with and supporting NNUP through LISC's new communities program.

 NNUP Executive Director, Randall Blakey concluded the program with a host of thanks to the many individuals and organizations that continue to support NNUP and its initiatives for the Near North community.  A special thanks to NNUP's presenting sponsor Sterlingbay and Marc Epstein for hosting the NNUP 1 benefit for the second year in a row!  Lead by Randall, the crowd chanted "Many Voices, 1 Near North"!

Connect, Convene & Celebrate - 2nd Annual NNUP 1 Benefit at Benchmark! Shown from left to right: Pastor Laura Truax, LSC; Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr.; Commissioner Andrew J. Mooney; NNUP Program Assistant, Tyrone Randolph; NNUP Executive Director, Randall Blakey.

Photographer, Gordon Walek


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