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National Association of Black Journalists Hosts 11th Annual Toy Drive

On Tuesday, December 11, the National Association of Black Journalists Chicago Chapter (NABJCC) will continue a holiday tradition that for the last 11 years has ensured needy children have toys, and needy students receive scholarships.

The nonprofit organization will host the “Red Hot Holiday Party,” its 11th Annual Toy Drive and Scholarship Fundraiser, at, 408 S. Wells St., December 11th from 5:30-11 p.m.

The annual event raises hundreds of dollars in toys and scholarship donations to benefit needy and disabled children in foster care and group homes served by Chicago community organizations, as well as deserving high school and college students who rely on NABJ grants.

The public is invited to bring a new unwrapped toy donation. Admission to the event is $25 in advance, or $30 at the door. Early bird tickets may be purchased at: The evening festivities include music, dancing, food and fun.

“Come toast the holidays for a good cause!” says Chicago Sun-Times Columnist and NABJCC President Maudlyne Ihejirika. “We invite Chicagoans to come mix and mingle  with your favorite TV, radio, newspaper and digital journalists at this annual event that has become a must-attend for many elected officials, community and civic leaders, and other community stakeholders. We are grateful for the opportunity to continue to help needy youth.”

As the local chapter of the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation, NABJ Chicago’s core mission is to increase diversity in the nation’s newsrooms and consequent coverage of minority communities. NABJ does this through ongoing mentoring programs to minority youth served by the Chicago Public Schools and nonprofit organizations, and by awarding financial assistance to needy students interested in pursuing journalism careers.

In 2017, NABJCC awarded more than $3,500 in college scholarships. Tens of thousands more have been awarded in the last decade to eligible students studying broadcast, print and online journalism; photography and graphic design; and integrated media communications.

NABJ remains committed to: sensitizing media to the importance of fairness and diversity in newsrooms; working with colleges and high schools to identify and encourage black students to become journalists; expanding diversity in newsroom management; and promoting balanced coverage of the black community and society at large.

For more information, visit NABJCC at

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