EVENT

    The 30th Anniversary Cara Gala

    April 16, 2021

The 30th Anniversary Cara Gala presented by Jim & Kay Mabie

Our signature event, the 30th Anniversary Cara Gala presented by Jim and Kay Mabie went virtual as we marked 30 years of transforming lives and communities. We also honored a civic and philanthropic visionary, Martin H. Nesbitt, with the Trailblazer Award and a Cara alum, Raahsaan Brown, with the Jesse Teverbaugh Distinguished Alumni Award. See below to watch our virtual Gala, read our program book, and support more job seekers like Raahsaan on their road up from poverty.

If you missed our event, there is still an opportunity to help fuel our next 30 years of this work. You can experience our program below, and if you feel compelled by the stories like Raahsaan’s, please consider making a gift to support this work.

Honoring

Martin H. Nesbitt

Trailblazer Award

Raahsaan Brown

Jesse Teverbaugh Distinguished Alumni Award

Our Virtual Gala

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Opening Remarks

Cara and Cleanslate Alum JaShawn Hill welcomes guests to our 30th Anniversary Cara Gala presented by Jim & Kay Mabie.
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Senator Durbin

Senator Dick Durbin has a special message for attendees of the 30th Anniversary Cara Gala presented by Jim & Kay Mabie.
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30 Years of Transforming Lives

To mark our 30th anniversary, members of the Cara staff, past and present, reflect on the early days of the organization, why community is the core of what we do, and where we are headed in our next 30 years.
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Mayor Lightfoot

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has a special message for attendees of the 30th Anniversary Cara Gala presented by Jim & Kay Mabie.
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Miguel Cervantes

Miguel Cervantes, star of the Chicago production of Hamilton has a special message for attendees of the 30th Anniversary Cara Gala presented by Jim & Kay Mabie.
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Raahsaan’s Story

Cara’s 2021 Jesse Teverbaugh Distinguished Alumni Award honoree, Raahsaan Brown, shares his story of transforming his life after a life on the streets, and how he uses his past experiences to inspire future generations to break the cycle.
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Linda “The Lottery Lady” Kollmeyer

Linda “The Lottery Lady” Kollmeyer has a special message for attendees of the 30th Anniversary Cara Gala presented by Jim & Kay Mabie.
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President Preckwinkle

Cook County Board of Commissioners President Toni Preckwinkle has a special message for attendees of the 30th Anniversary Cara Gala presented by Jim & Kay Mabie.
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Jesse Teverbaugh Award Intro

Cara’s Director of Student & Alumni Affairs, Jesse Teverbaugh, introduces our 2021 Jesse Teverbaugh Distinguished Alumni Award honoree, Raahsaan Brown as part of our 30th Anniversary Cara Gala presented by Jim & Kay Mabie.
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Raahsaan Brown’s Remarks

Our 2021 Jesse Teverbaugh Distinguished Alumni Award honoree Raahsaan Brown delivers his remarks to the virtual attendees of the 30th Anniversary Cara Gala presented by Jim & Kay Mabie.
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Diana Palomar

Diana Palomar of ABC7 has a special message for attendees of the 30th Anniversary Cara Gala presented by Jim & Kay Mabie.
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Tony Kukoc

Three-time NBA Champion and Chicago Bull Tony Kukoc has a special message for attendees of the 30th Anniversary Cara Gala presented by Jim & Kay Mabie.
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Trailblazer Award Intro

Cara alum Andrea Marinho shares her story of transformation at Cara and introduces our 2021 Trailblazer Award honoree at the 30th Anniversary Cara Gala presented by Jim & Kay Mabie.
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Trailblazer Award

Marty Nesbitt shares what makes a trailblazer and what is needed to shift perspectives and create real change in our communities, as he accepts the Trailblazer Award at the 30th Anniversary Cara Gala presented by Jim & Kay Mabie.
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Michael Strautmanis

Michael Strautmanis of The Barack Obama Foundation has a special message for attendees of the 30th Anniversary Cara Gala presented by Jim & Kay Mabie.
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Tom Skilling

WGN-TV Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling has a special message for attendees of the 30th Anniversary Cara Gala presented by Jim & Kay Mabie.
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Pernorris Brownridge

Cara alum Pernorris Brownridge shares his story of transformation with attendees of the 30th Anniversary Cara Gala presented by Jim & Kay Mabie.
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Maria Kim’s Remarks

Cara Collective President & CEO Maria Kim addresses the virtual attendees of the 30th Anniversary Cara Gala presented by Jim & Kay Mabie and shares how Cara continues to work to shift perspectives in employment and create opportunity for all.
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Alumni Thank You

The alumni of Cara have a special message to the supporters who’ve made our first 30 years possible, as part of our 30th Anniversary Cara Gala presented by Jim & Kay Mabie.
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Closing Remarks

Cara Alumn Philile Mabuza shares her story of fleeing her native Swaziland to escape domestic violence – and how the community she found at Cara empowered her to build a new life for her and her family, to help close out our 30th Anniversary Cara Gala presented by Jim & Kay Mabie.

Support our Mission

Help fuel the next 30 years of this work with a gift of support. Plus, thanks to an extended match from our friends at Northwestern Medicine, all donations made to our Gala for the rest of this month will be matched dollar for dollar up to $20,000!

Read our Gala Program Book

30th Anniversary Cara Gala Program Book

Thank You to our Sponsors