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Cara Collective to Honor Bank of America

The 8th Annual Cara Gala returns March 24

Cara Collective is pleased to announce we will honor Bank of America at the upcoming 8th Annual Cara Gala on Friday, March 24, 2023. Bank of America will receive the Trailblazer Award for its longtime partnership with Cara Collective and for the company’s commitment to advancing racial equality and economic opportunity.

“Bank of America is a trailblazer because time and time again, they have demonstrated their commitment to using their influence and resources to strengthen our communities,” said Kathleen St. Louis Caliento, President & CEO of Cara Collective. “Through their work, they are a partner in progress, connecting more individuals and families to affordable housing and home ownership, capital to start and grow small businesses, good jobs with living wages, and better access to healthcare. Beyond all that, they’ve also remained an integral part of our Cara Collective community for more than 15 years, including as a hiring partner to our job seekers, investing in our programs and mission, providing leadership and guidance through our Board of Directors, and beyond. We are thrilled to honor this partnership at our signature Gala.”

Previous Trailblazer recipients include Sterling Bay, Rivers Casino, JPMorgan Chase, and philanthropists Dona and Sam Scott, Pete and Amy Kadens, Jim and Kay Mabie, and Martin H. Nesbitt.

“A strong workforce pipeline can fuel economic opportunity in our local community,” said Rita Cook, President Bank of America Chicago. “We’re honored to be recognized by Cara Collective for our efforts in bringing together resources with nonprofit partners and employers, working together hand in hand to overcome barriers that lead to successful career opportunities and employment for individuals throughout Chicagoland.”

(left) Bank of America Chicago President Rita Sola Cook and (right) 2009 Cara Alum Dian Lang will be honored at the 8th Annual Cara Gala on March 24.

Cara graduate Dian Lang will also be recognized with the Jesse Teverbaugh Distinguished Alumni Award. This award is given annually to a graduate who is a shining example of Cara’s work to transform lives and communities. Dian started her Cara journey in 2009 as a new mother with few options for quality employment. Today, she works for 1660 Condo Association and recently purchased a home for herself and her now-teenage son.

The Cara Gala is annually attended by more than 550 civic, philanthropic, and business leaders and raises more than $750,000 for our mission to eradicate poverty. Tickets and sponsorships for the Cara Gala are available at www.caragala.org, or by contacting Tara Harper, Chief Philanthropy Officer, at tharper@carachicago.org or 312.798.3307.