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 you and your family. 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.
In celebration of Earth Day 2014, we focused on committing to make everyday Earth Day. For example, we minimize our carbon footprint by printing all Lottery instant tickets on fully recyclable paper and we now give players the option to go completely paperless when buying their Powerball, Mega Millions, or Lotto tickets online or on the mobile app.
It is important that we weave the Lottery into the fabric of Illinois and remind even the smallest communities that “Anything’s Possible™”. We have supported over 20 community events in the previous fiscal year and look to participate in more in the upcoming months.
DRAGON BOAT RACE FOR LITERACY
Event Overview: The Illinois Lottery will proudly join 10,000 community members at the Dragon Boat Race for Literacy where proceeds will support local literacy, cultural and diversity programs. With a team of 20, the Lottery hopes to be the next Dragon Boat Race champions!
REAL MEN COOK
Event Overview: The Illinois Lottery is thrilled to take part in the Father’s Day Celebration, Real Men Cook, once more this year. 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 the 35 years of service to the Chinese Community of Chicago.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS OPENING CEREMONIES
Event Overview: Our team cheered 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: In support of the MS Society, the Lottery attended the Chicago, Naperville, and Orland Park MS Walks to cheer on the participants. Eager to promote the MS Project ticket, employees 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 inspiring luncheon on April 9.
A NIGHT OF 100 STARS GALA
Event Overview: In honor of 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 benefited 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 salutes 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 acknowledgement of Black History Month and the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, The Illinois Lottery sponsored an afternoon of music and dance at Navy Pier 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 screening of 12 Years a Slave 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 sponsor this outstanding event promoting education and learning among diverse groups.
WORLD OF CHOCOLATE
Event Overview: World of Chocolate transformed the Great Hall at Union Station into a decadent adventure. Treated to sweet and savory chocolate creations made by chefs, chocolatiers, and caterers from all over the City of Chicago, the Lottery was excited to give all guests a Spread the World specialty ticket and chocolate bar.
100 BLACK MEN OF CHICAGO HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE
Event Overview: As a continued supporter of the 100 Black Men of Chicago, The Illinois Lottery supported their mission to improve the quality of life and enhance educational opportunities for African American males throughout the Greater Chicago area. The Lottery was happy to support the toy drive which supplied toys for over 1,000 families during the holiday season.
GOLDEN FELLOWSHIP DINNER
Event Overview: The Lottery was privileged to sponsor the 52nd Golden Fellowship Dinner which seeks to build a stronger and better Chicago. Five individuals shared how the Chicago Urban League gave them the opportunity to move forward in their pursuit of economic, educational and social justice. Their forward movement has inspired others to empower themselves and their communities.
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 with ticket promotions and giveaways to movie-goers as they entered the theater.
BARBARA BATES KNOCKING OUT BREAST CANCER
Event Overview: Featuring 50 stunning breast cancer survivors, the Knocking Out Breast Cancer Fashion Show was an event 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.
CAROLYN Y ADAMS, SOULFUL SUNDAY: MUSIC WITH A PURPOSE
Event Overview: The Carolyn Y. Adam Breast Cancer Foundation is established in memory of 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.
5TH ANNUAL ELGIN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
Event Overview: The Elgin Short Film Festival the Festival brought exciting cinema to the suburbs, while working in partnership with local area businesses that support the arts. The Lottery was excited to partake in an event that promoted these dynamics in a fun and exciting way!
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.
26TH STREET MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE
Event Overview: In support of Mexican Independence Day, the Illinois Lottery proudly participated in the 26th Street Mexican Independence Day Parade. Joining with the Little Village Chamber of Commerce, we were proud to celebrate in this vibrant parade and support Little Village as a driver of the Latino business community.
SOUTH SHORE SUMMER FESTIVAL
Event Overview: The South Shore Chamber of Commerce motto is, “Moving South Shore forward with determination and responsibility.” The Lottery was honored to partake is such a magnificent event that showcased more than 50 local merchants and vendors to support developing communities.
BUD BILLIKEN PARADE
Event Overview: The Bud Billiken® Parade and Picnic is an annual parade and picnic in Chicago, 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 through this event year after year to showcase our continuous support of K-12 education.
Event Overview: The State of Illinois Department of Human Services hosted its 23rd Anniversary of the American’s with Disabilities celebration at the Thompson Center including work-shops, speakers, a job fair, activities, and entertainment. To support, the Lottery was on site to give consumers a spin on the prize wheel.