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BMO Harris Bank | Corporate Partner of the Year The relationship between Children’s Home & Aid and BMO Harris Bank stretches back more than 35 years and grows stronger each year.

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STEVE PEMBERTON | Keynote Speaker Steve’s triumphant life story is about defying seemingly insurmountable beginnings as a child in foster care. Adversity fueled his desire to become a man of resilience, determination and vision. Now a successful executive, diversity thought leader, youth advocate, speaker and writer of the best-selling book, “A Chance in the World”, Steve is devoted to inspiring and helping others.


ROB JOHNSON | Emcee Rob Johnson, former Chicago evening news anchor, is our Celebrity Emcee for the day! Rob has won multiple Emmy Awards and has received numerous awards from Associated Press, Chicago Headline Club and Belle Center of Chicago to name just a few.

Champions for Children Co-Chairs




MARLETTA DARNALL | Honorary Co-Chair

MITZI FREIDHEIM | Honorary Co-Chair


Corporate Partner of the Year & Diamond Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors


Gold Sponsors


Stephen & Rosemary Mack

Silver Sponsors

George C. Bermingham ♦ Alan Conkle ♦ Country Financial ♦

CTS Impact ♦ Marletta Darnall  ♦ Jones Day ♦

Jill Huletz ♦ Paul Mastrapa ♦  Diane Offereins

The Pattis Family Foundation ♦ Beverly A. Sibblies

Hannah Warmanen ♦ Wells Fargo

Bronze Sponsors

Access Community Health Network ♦ Steven Anderson ♦ DLA Piper

Dorothy Capers ♦ CliftonLarsonAllen ♦ James Crawford, III ♦

Charlie Gofen ♦  Karen Henderson ♦ Dr. Daniel Johnson

Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP ♦  Erin McInerney

Merlin 20,000 Mile Shops ♦ Archer Daniels Midland

Miner, Barnhill & Galland, P.C. ♦  Mutare, Inc.

Mutual of America ♦ Mr. & Mrs. David F. Myers, Jr.

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