CSR EVENT RECAP
FISCAL YEAR 2014
While the Illinois Lottery strives to maximize revenue for the Common School Fund and Capital Improvements, one of our key drivers is to make Illinois a better place for all of our families. We have established valued community and corporate partnerships and the Illinois Lottery reflects the rich diversity of our state by observing Hispanic Heritage Awareness Month, Black History Month, and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. It is important that we weave the Lottery into the fabric of Illinois and remind even the smallest communities that “Anything’s Possible™”.
ENGLEWOOD FILM FESTIVAL
Event Overview: Delighted to take part in an event surrounding the appreciation for arts, especially in a neighborhood as historic as Englewood, the Lottery proudly sponsored the Englewood Film Festival for the second consecutive year with ticket promotions and giveaways to movie-goers as they entered the theater.
CAROLYN Y ADAMS, SOULFUL SUNDAY: MUSIC WITH A PURPOSE
HICKORY HILLS, IL
Event Overview: The Carolyn Y. Adams Breast Cancer Foundation was established in memory of former Illinois Lottery Director, Carolyn Y. Adams who fought for early detection and treatment equality in the battle against Breast Cancer. As a continued supporter of Breast Cancer education and Awareness, the Lottery was honored to feature the Ticket for the Cure specialty ticket at the beautiful Soulful Sunday: Music with a Purpose event.
BARBARA BATES KNOCKING OUT BREAST CANCER
Event Overview: The Knocking Out Breast Cancer Fashion Show, which featured 50 stunning breast cancer survivors, was an event that the Lottery was honored to be a part of. In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Lottery promoted the Ticket for the Cure specialty ticket from which funds benefit the fight against breast cancer.
ANNUAL ELGIN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
Event Overview: The Elgin Short Film Festival brought exciting cinema to the suburbs, and worked in partnership with local area businesses that supported the arts. The Lottery was excited to partake in an event that promoted these dynamics in a fun and exciting way!
AFTER SCHOOL MATTERS GALA
Event Overview: The After School Matters Annual Gala celebrated the work of teen apprentices while raising funds to support over 22,000 program opportunities each year to well-deserving teens throughout Chicago. The Lottery was honored to support this event and admired the beautiful work produced by the teens.
CHICAGO FOOTBALL CLASSIC
Event Overview: As a proud supporter of education, the Illinois Lottery was honored to once again sponsor the Chicago Football Classic, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to encouraging African American youth to achieve their personal best in school and beyond.
AIDS FOUNDATION OF CHICAGO 5K
Event Overview: The Lottery was proud to join The AIDS Foundation of Chicago for their Annual 5K Walk and Run and support their mission to lead the fight against HIV/AIDS and improve the lives of people affected. While featuring the Red Ribbon Cash instant ticket, Lottery volunteers stood along the sidelines, distributed water to participants and cheered them on for helping such a worthy cause.
FESTIVAL DE LA VILLITA
Event Overview: As the largest Mexican heritage celebration in the Midwest, the Lottery was thrilled to attend Festival de La Villita to kick off our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Held in the heart of Little Village, the fest offered something for everyone: entertainment, games, carnival rides, and more.
25th ANNUAL AFRICAN FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
Event Overview: Supportive of an appreciation for the arts and for diverse communities, the Lottery was thrilled to take part in the 25th Annual African Festival of the Arts. This lively event held in Washington Park and featured many artists showcasing food, clothing, jewelry, and various forms of artwork.
BUD BILLIKEN PARADE
Event Overview: The Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic is an annual parade and picnic in Illinois, and is the oldest and largest African-American parade in the United States. The Illinois Lottery was proud to support the Chicago Defender Charities, year after year, to showcase our continuous support of K-12 education.
TASTE OF LATIN AMERICA
Event Overview: Foodies and non-foodies alike had the unique opportunity to discover and sample eclectic delights from the Southern Hemisphere. The Taste of Latin America was not only delicious, but a beautiful celebration of diverse communities!
CHINA TOWN ARTS FESTIVAL
Event Overview: As one of the most ethnically unique outdoor events in Chicago and the Midwest, the China Town Arts Festival was a joy for the Lottery to attend! Attracting more than 40,000 people, Chinatown Summer Fair was a true celebration of Far East beauty and culture which included food, art and music.
DRAGON BOAT RACE FOR LITERACY
Event Overview: The Illinois Lottery proudly joined 10,000 community members at the Dragon Boat Race for Literacy where proceeds supported local literacy and diversity programs. With a team of 20, the Lottery fought a good fight to win the Dragon Boat Race but was eliminated during the second round.
REAL MEN COOK
Event Overview: The Illinois Lottery was thrilled to take part in the Father’s Day Celebration, Real Men Cook. The mission of Real Men Charities, Inc. is to positively improve the way the world celebrates family and community which is a shared belief of the Lottery.
CHINESE AMERICAN SERVICE LEAGUE ANNIVERSARY GALA
Event Overview: As a sustained supporter of diverse communities and backgrounds, the Illinois Lottery was delighted to take part in the Chinese American Service League Anniversary Gala where they highlighted and celebrated 35 years of service to the Chinese Community of Chicago.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS OPENING CEREMONIES
Event Overview: Lottery volunteers were thrilled to cheer on the 5,500 athletes of Special Olympics Chicago as they marched with pride into Soldier Field to kick off the spring games season. As a remarkable organization of the community, the Illinois Lottery was honored to take part in this magnificent event.
CHICAGO, NAPERVILLE, AND ORLAND PARK IL
Event Overview: The Lottery attended the Chicago, Naperville, and Orland Park MS Walks, sponsored by the MS Society, and cheered on the participants. Volunteers engaged with walkers who were thrilled to have the support of the Lottery at the event.
GIRL POWER LUNCHEON
Event Overview: Every day the girls of Young Women’s Leadership Charter School of Chicago stand out as shining examples of what is possible when we raise our expectations and support girls in all aspects of their education. The Illinois Lottery was proud to be in attendance at their stunning luncheon.
A NIGHT OF 100 STARS GALA
Event Overview: To support our commitment to art and culture, The Illinois Lottery was pleased to sponsor the DuSable Museum of African American History Gala, A Night of 100 Stars. Proceeds benefitted the museum’s educational programs and exhibitions.
LATINO FILM FESTIVAL
4/3 – 4/17/2014
Event Overview: Illinois Lottery supported the 30th Latino Film Festival this April. As a continued supporter of diverse communities, we were extremely enthusiastic to support the festival’s lively atmosphere while supporting the importance of the artistic and educational value of film.
BLACK WOMEN’S EXPO
3/28 – 3/30/2014
Event Overview: The Illinois Lottery saluted this year’s organizers and attendees of the Black Women’s Expo. It was truly inspiring to have so many talented and ambitious women gathered in one location!
NAVY PIER BLACK HISTORY MONTH RECOGNITION
Event Overview: In celebration of Black History Month and the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, The Illinois Lottery respectfully sponsored Navy Pier as they hosted an afternoon of music and dance for Illinois sightseers and tourists. Various styles of African American Dances throughout history were brought to life by the famous M.A.D.D. (Making A Difference Dancing) Rhythms Tap Academy.
DUSABLE MUSEUM, 12 YEARS A SLAVE SCREENING
Event Overview: The Lottery was proud to address the attendees of this event to promote the importance of diverse cultures. In celebration of Black History Month, the Lottery eagerly supported the 12 Years a Slave Screening at the DuSable Museum.
UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY LAND OF LINCOLN TELETHON
Event Overview: United Cerebral Palsy Land of Lincoln is a nonprofit agency dedicated to providing quality services to infants, children and adults with disabilities in 27 counties throughout Central Illinois. The Lottery was honored to attend its Annual UCP Telethon. The event raised over $360,000 and was televised on WICS-TV, where a ceremonial check was presented on behalf of the Illinois Lottery.
PUSH FOR EXCELLENCE MLK BREAKFAST
Event Overview: PUSH for Excellence, Inc. (PUSH Excel), hosted its 24th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast which recognized the academic achievements of African American youth from across the nation. The Lottery was thrilled to contribute to an outstanding event which promotes education and learning among diverse groups.