The 100 Black Men of Chicago, Inc. (100BMC), continues its mission of improving the quality of life within the African American community; this time focusing on women and children during the holiday season. The organization will host its 16th Annual Toy Drive & Holiday Party at the Alhambra Palace Restaurant, 1240 W. Randolph St., on Wednesday, Dec. 6, from 6:00 – 11:00 p.m. The annual event raises thousands of dollars in toys and gift donations to benefit women and children in homeless shelters, community outreach organizations, and health centers.
Admission to the event is $25, or a new unwrapped toy, clothing item, or gift valued at $25 or more. The evening festivities include music, dancing, food, and fun. The R&B band, Delivery Point, will kick off the evening while DJ Ron Troop will keep people moving throughout the evening. Advance tickets can be purchased at http://bit.ly/100BMCHOL.
While the 100BMC organization runs many programs throughout the year to help improve the lives of underserved youth, the annual Toy Drive is an extremely special event for all the organization’s volunteers. “Providing a child a toy at Christmas is very special,” says 100BMC Board President Carl Tutt. “There is a warm feeling in knowing we are making children happy during this holiday season, especially understanding these may be the only gifts they will receive.” In addition to the children, the 100BMC also purchase toiletries and other necessities for women in shelters. “We provide them some of the basic necessities that many take for granted, but they’re unable to afford,” Tutt continues.
Through all its programs the 100BMC emphasizes the value of education, and throughout the year offers an acclaimed Mentoring Program, Annual College Fair, Community Health and Wellness Programs, Personal Finance, and Etiquette workshops.
About the 100 Black Men of Chicago
Since its inception in 1994, the 100 Black Men of Chicago, Inc. (100BMC), a Mentor Illinois 2016 Gold Star Award Recipient, has worked to enhance the lives of those youth and their families who live in socially or economically underserved communities. The 100BMC provides on-going educational training programs, mentoring, tutoring, student scholarships, and economic empowerment seminars through the help of their volunteers and community partners. The organization’s primary mission is to improve the quality of life within the African American community and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all African American youth. Our belief is basic but life-changing – “What they see is what they’ll be.”