CHICAGO – August 2, 2018 – Avanse, an international non-profit whose mission is to advance the lives of street children in the world’s most neglected and violent slums. Avanse will be hosting its third annual Believe in the Possible Benefitat The Harold Washington Library Garden on Friday, August 17, 2018.
This black tie affair is an extraordinary fundraiser that is Unique, Dynamic, Innovative & Inspirational and is the organization’s largest fundraising event of the year, expecting to bring together more than 400 people to raise funds for the Avanse Street to Success Program in Haiti that provides outreach, rehabilitation, education and reintegration to street children in Cite Soleil, Haiti – the poorest slum in the western hemisphere.
Haiti remains the poorest country in the Americas and one of the poorest in the world. It is estimated that close to 500,000 children under the age of 18 are living and working on the streets. These children lack a stable home and face major obstacles to child survival including sickness, abuse, hunger and lack of basic resources such as education. The community-based outreach center is based in La Plaine, Haiti, a rural area surrounding Haiti’s largest slum, Cite Soleil in Port-au-Prince. The center provides boarding to street boys between the ages of 6-13 years while providing a safe and loving home with the building blocks every child deserves for a bright future.
The Benefit will take place in the evening from 7:00pm to 11:00pm on the at the Library Garden at Harold Washington Library. Guests will enter into an elegant and spacious atrium featuring terrazzo and marble floor, and a 52-foot glass-paneled dome spanning the entire room. Tickets include gourmet cuisine stations, designer cocktails, speciality exhibits, interactive set pieces, talented artists & performers, and both live and silent auctions presented by renowned comedian and auctioneer, Brett Walkow. Mentionable live Auction items include an Autobahn private sports car racing, among other attractions.
Master of ceremonies will be media personality, Jenny Milkowski. Dignitaries from across the U.S, famous influencers and corporate leaders will attend this Gala. Attendees will will be greeted with a passed champagne reception and performance by pianist James Hannan. Entertainment includes a live interactive mural painting by artist Jenny Vyas, a recital by the Chicago Cubs National Anthem Singer, John Vincent and DJ Henry Castro, will provide swanky modern beats.
Right now they face an international crisis. UNICEF estimates there are over 150 million street children who exist in the world today. A street child is a child who lacks adequate adult supervision and spends the majority of their time either living or working in the streets.
Avanse is a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the lives of street children in the world’s most neglected and violent slums. We accomplish our mission through four levers: Outreach, Rehabilitation, Education and Reintegration. We bring opportunity to the slums to ensure street children move forward and rise above their circumstances. We believe it is possible to create a world where no child should have to sleep on the street.
Founded by Chicago Realtor, Jeannette Pawula, Avanse is there to protect the worlds most vulnerable street children living within the slums by giving them a safe and loving home and right to the childhood they deserve.