BUILD Gala 2021 : Supporting BUILD's Youth
BUILD Gala 2021

Congratulations to our 2021 Honorees!

Each year we honor individuals and organizations who have gone above and beyond for BUILD’s young people: we celebrate a corporate partner, a supporting foundation, an extraordinary volunteer, and a Lifetime BUILDer – an individual who has served BUILD and its young people in many different capacities over many years, leaving a permanent legacy of transformation at the organization. 

This year our Corporate Angel is Oliver Wyman, for designating BUILD as the beneficiary of their annual charity auction for two years in a row, while also volunteering with our college-bound youth. Our Philanthropy Leader is the Healthy Communities Foundation, for demonstrating extraordinary trust and generosity in the early months of the pandemic. Our special volunteer recognition will celebrate Peter Todd, the engine behind the launch and growth of BUILD’s Iris Garden and youth agriculture program, and our Lifetime BUILDer is Jack Segal – 15-year board member and tireless advocate for BUILD.

We look forward to honoring all four during our May 19 Livestream!


City BUILDer

The Bakalar Family Charitable Fund

Community BUILDer
Oliver Wyman

School BUILDer

Comcast NBCUniversal


Jack Segal & Michael Helberstam

Marcie & Avy Stein

John & Sue Wilson

Block BUILDer


Ariel Investments, LLC

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois - Health Care Services Corporation

FT Cares Foundation

Bruce & Laurie Kaden

MB Financial Bank​

John Nitschke & Jean McLaren 

Howard & Diane Schwarzbach

Mary Pat & Andy Studdert

Richard & Elaine Tinberg

Youth BUILDer


Jim Akintonde, UJAMAA

Adam Alonso & Lorena Levy Alonso

Baird Foundation / Robert W. Baird and Co. 

Luke & Regina Bakalar

Morris and Kathe Brown

Shannel Clubb

Curran Group, Inc

Robert J. Emanuel

Peter & Amy Kadens

Rodrigo & Pamela Levy

Terry  Carol Moritz

David and Meryl Rosen

Sachem Company

Siobhan Sanders

Scott & Nancy Skie

David & Brooke Sloane

Ryan & Jessica Turf

Just like our world right now, BUILD Gala 2021 is online, in person, and everything in between. This page is your gateway - here's what to do!

  • Step 1: MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Wednesday, May 19, from 7:00-8:00 pm: “The Livestream”. BUILD youth will host a live broadcast with performances, original poetry and music, new video stories, tributes, and a live paddle-raise fundraiser.
  • Step 2: Consider Attending a Pre-Gala Event: two chances to engage directly with BUILD and its youth, one in-person and one virtual. Comfortable being in person, in masks? Come to BUILD HQ on a Saturday morning: create group artwork, plant seedlings and flowers in the peace garden, meet staff, attend a panel of youth describing their journeys through BUILD.  Want to stay virtual? Learn about Restorative Justice circles by joining one, on Zoom. Space is limited for both Pre-Galas - learn more and buy tickets from the menu above.
  • Step 3: Tell Your Friends: As you register, create your own Gala page fundraiser that you can send via email or share on social media - the best way to introduce people to BUILD and get them involved with supporting Chicago youth.
  • Step 4: Consider Your Own Gift! We can only do this work because hundreds of people just like you support us. The needs are great, but every gift helps. Consider the difference you want to make in young lives, and our City - take time to explore our photos and videos, join us for the livestream. We can only do this together!