On Thursday, April 11, The Associate Board of Alexian Brothers Housing and Health Alliance hosted a ‘Networking to Advocate Social’ for the areas surrounding non-profits and prospective volunteers. The event took place at Flourish Studios located 3020 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago. With high ceilings, a creative art studio and vast amounts of space filled with fun crafts, the venue made a commendable atmosphere for a spirited evening.
The purpose of the event was aimed at creating partnerships within the community that offer substantial programs and services. It was an overall opportunity for the areas nonprofit organizations and area volunteers to connect. “The goal of the event was to create a light hearted environment for members of the community to share what their passionate about. I believe the results strengthened the presence of some do good causes” said Simon Chavez, Associate Board Chair.
Around 30 guests from various organizations and backgrounds attended. Attendees expressed their appreciation for a way to connect their causes and share their desired interest towards community cohesiveness.
The support from local business’s proved to be a huge help in making the event a success including donations with food platters from Suvan’s Café and Edible Arrangements, beverage donations from Starbucks, and a compilation of door prizes priced at over $400 from the French Pastry School and Paired Wine Co.
The night also included ABBHA guest speakers including CEO, Cheryl Potts, Associate Board Chair, Simon Chavez and current Bettendorf Place resident, Jermaine Jackson. Each individual spoke at the event to give a little insight of their time involved with ABHHA as well as introduced the organization’s transition from AIDS Ministry to Housing and Health Alliance.
The Alexian Brother Housing and Health Alliance Associate Board was founded in 2012. The group consists of young professionals who are committed to increasing visibility and awareness for ABHHA in the community through social events, fundraisers, outreach and advocacy. Members serve a term of two years and meet monthly; the networking social was the first hosted event of the year for the Associate Board.