Join us and our 2024 Annual Luncheon Chair James Reynolds, Jr. for our biggest event of the year. Our luncheon theme, Start Today. Change Tomorrow. will focus on the impact of starting early and the promise of a brighter tomorrow for our youngest learners. Featuring award winning New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof, who will share how focusing on the first five years can build a stronger and more equitable future for our nation.

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. CT

Westin Chicago River North

320 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago, Illinois

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2024 Annual Luncheon Speaker

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Nicholas Kristof

New York Times Opinion Columnist, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author

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2024 Annual Luncheon Chair

James Reynold Jr., Annual Luncheon Chair

James Reynolds, Jr. 

Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Loop Capital

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2024 Annual Luncheon Sponsors

A special thank you to our corporate and individual sponsors whose commitment to our mission is helping more children reach their full potential.

PRESENTING

$100,000

The Hasten Foundation
Helen Zell


CHAMPION

$50,000

BMO Harris Bank, 2023 Annual Luncheon Sponsor DRW logo

Nancy & Steve Crown | The Crown Family
Diana & Bruce Rauner


PREMIER

$25,000

Joyce Foundation logo LaSalle Network, 2024 Annual Luncheon Sponsor Oberhelman Foundation & Cullinan Properties, 2023 Annual Luncheon Sponsor Peoples Gas, 2023 Annual Luncheon Sponsor

Cari & Michael J. Sacks
Diana & Michael Sands


PARTNER

$10,000

Allstate Insurance Company
Kerri & Matthew Bruderman
Buffett Early Childhood Fund
Dave & Jane Casper
Mary & Terry Dillon
Marilyn & Larry Fields
GCM Grosvenor
Harris Family Foundation
ITW
Charles & Brunetta Matthews
Northern Trust
Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Catherine Siegel
Steans Family Foundation
Sunshine Charitable Foundation
Laura Thonn & Scott Sallee


COMMUNITY

$5,000

Ellen Alberding & Kelly Welsh
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Baird
Susan & Stephen Baird
the Chicago Bulls
Erikson Institute
Mr. & Mrs. Rodney L. Goldstein
Rachel & Devin Gross
Maxwell Gunnill
J.P. Morgan Private Bank
Learning Resources
Sharon Oberlander
Barbara & Dan O’Keefe
Rothkopf Family Charitable Foundation
Cheryl & Craig Simon
Ken & Kathy Tallering
YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago


In Case You Missed Us

Since its inception, the Annual Luncheon has raised millions of dollars for Start Early’s mission. Learn more about our past Annual Luncheon events.

Why Sponsor?

Young child playing with string toyStart Early’s Annual Luncheon provides an exclusive opportunity for a sponsor – whether a business or individual – to demonstrate its commitment to youth and families to hundreds of noteworthy individuals.

As an event sponsor you will also:

  • Demonstrate commitment to providing early learning opportunities to young children, primarily those born into under-resourced communities, and their families
  • Access to an A-list group of registrants, such as business, civic and philanthropic leaders, donors, partners, Start Early’s Board of Directors and other sponsors with pre-event and post-event marketing and communications and in programming materials during the event

Click or scroll down to view sponsorship opportunities, benefits and a list of our past sponsors:

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities | Individual Sponsorship Opportunities

For sponsorship questions, email StartEarlyEvents@StartEarly.org.

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities

Presenting Sponsor | $100,000

  • Presenting designation and company logo below event title used in all marketing materials
  • 20 tickets to the event
  • Recognized from podium during the event

Secure Your Sponsorship

Additional Benefits:

  • CSR impact storytelling and the right to use Start Early’s name/marks to speak about your company’s CSR support for one-year
  • One site discussion with an early childhood expert from Start Early for you and your guests
  • Recognition in Start Early “Thank You” email (distribution approximately 28,000)
  • Dedicated social media posts pre-luncheon – Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram (distribution to approximately 36,000)
  • Name or company name included in invitation, pre-event emails and on Annual Luncheon webpage
  • Name or logo presentation included in Annual Luncheon recording (before and after event)
  • Inclusion in Start Early Year in Review and on Donor Wall in main office

Champion Sponsor | $50,000+

  • Recognition as a Start Early Champion Sponsor
  • 10 tickets to the event
  • Recognized from podium during the event

Secure Your Sponsorship

Additional Benefits:

  • CSR impact storytelling and the right to use Start Early’s name/marks to speak about your company’s CSR support for one-year
  • Recognition in Start Early “Thank You” email (distribution approximately 28,000)
  • Dedicated social media posts pre-luncheon – Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram (distribution to approximately 36,000)
  • Name or company name included in invitation, pre-event emails and on Annual Luncheon webpage
  • Name or logo presentation included in event recording (to be distributed with thank you email)
  • Inclusion in Start Early Year in Review and on Donor Wall in main office

Premier Sponsor | $25,000+

  • Recognition as a Premier Sponsor
  • 10 tickets to the event
  • Dedicated social media posts pre-luncheon – Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram (distribution to approximately 36,000)

Secure Your Sponsorship

Additional Benefits:

  • Name or company name included in invitation, pre-event emails and on Annual Luncheon webpage
  • Name or logo presentation included in event recording (to be distributed with thank you email)
  • Inclusion in Start Early Year in Review and on Donor Wall in main office

Partner Sponsor | $10,000+

  • Recognition as a Partner Sponsor
  • 10 tickets to the event
  • Name or company name included in invitation, pre-event emails and on Annual Luncheon webpage
  • Name or logo presentation included in event recording (to be distributed with thank you email)
  • Inclusion in Start Early Year in Review and on Donor Wall in main office

Secure Your Sponsorship

Community Sponsor | $5,000+

  • Recognition as a Community Sponsor
  • 10 tickets to the event
  • Name or company name included in invitation, pre-event emails and on Annual Luncheon webpage
  • Name or logo presentation included in event recording (to be distributed with thank you email)
  • Inclusion in Start Early Year in Review and on Donor Wall in main office

Secure Your Sponsorship

Individual Sponsorship Opportunities

Presenting Sponsor | $100,000

  • Presenting designation (name) below event title used in all marketing materials
  • 20 tickets to the event
  • Recognized from podium during the event
  • If applicable, impact storytelling and the right to use Start Early’s name to speak about your foundation’s support for one-year

Secure Your Sponsorship

Additional Benefits:

  • Personalized discussion with an early childhood expert from Start Early for you and your guests
  • Recognition in Start Early “Thank You” email (distribution approximately 28,000)
  • Dedicated social media posts pre-luncheon – Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram (distribution to approximately 36,000)
  • Name included in invitation, pre-event emails and on Annual Luncheon webpage
  • Name presentation included in Annual Luncheon recording (before and after event)
  • Inclusion in Start Early Year in Review and on Donor Wall in main office

Champion Sponsor | $50,000+

  • Recognition as a Start Early Champion Sponsor
  • 10 tickets to the event
  • Recognized from podium during the event
  • If applicable, impact storytelling and the right to use Start Early’s name to speak about your foundation’s support for one-year

Secure Your Sponsorship

Additional Benefits:

  • Recognition in Start Early “Thank You” email (distribution approximately 28,000)
  • Dedicated social media posts pre-luncheon – Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram (distribution to approximately 36,000)
  • Name included in invitation, pre-event emails and on Annual Luncheon webpage
  • Name presentation included in event recording (to be distributed with thank you email)
  • Inclusion in Start Early Year in Review and Donor Wall in main office

Premier Sponsor | $25,000+

  • Recognition as a Premier Sponsor
  • 10 tickets to the event
  • Dedicated social media posts pre-luncheon – Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram (distribution to approximately 36,000)

Secure Your Sponsorship

Additional Benefits:

  • Name included in invitation, pre-event emails and on Annual Luncheon webpage
  • Name presentation included in event recording (to be distributed with thank you email)
  • Inclusion in Start Early Year in Review and on Donor Wall in main office

Partner Sponsor | $10,000+

  • Recognition as a Partner Sponsor
  • 10 tickets to the event
  • Name included in invitation, pre-event emails and on Annual Luncheon webpage
  • Name presentation included in event recording (to be distributed with thank you email)
  • Inclusion in Start Early Year in Review and on Donor Wall in main office

Secure Your Sponsorship

Community Sponsor | $5,000+

  • Recognition as a Community Sponsor
  • 10 tickets to the event
  • Name included in invitation, pre-event emails and on Annual Luncheon webpage
  • Name presentation included in event recording (to be distributed with thank you email)
  • Inclusion in Start Early Year in Review and on Donor Wall in main office

Secure Your Sponsorship

2023 Annual Luncheon Sponsors

A special thank you to our past corporate and individual sponsors whose commitment to our mission is helping more children reach their full potential.

PRESENTING

$100,000

Yagan Family Foundation


CHAMPION

$50,000

BMO Harris Bank, 2023 Annual Luncheon Sponsor LaSalle Network, 2023 Annual Luncheon Sponsor

Nancy & Steve Crown | The Crown Family
The Hasten Foundation
Diana & Bruce Rauner
Zell Family Foundation


PREMIER

$25,000

GCM Grosvenor, 2023 Annual Luncheon Sponsor Oberhelman Foundation and Cullinan Properties, 2023 Annual Luncheon Sponsor Peoples Gas, 2023 Annual Luncheon Sponsor Related Midwest, 2023 Annual Luncheon Sponsor

Marilyn & Larry Fields
Cari & Michael J. Sacks
Diana & Michael Sands

On April 25, we hosted our 21st Annual Luncheon at the Hilton Chicago, where we welcomed hundreds of supporters to discuss advancing maternal health equity. Through powerful conversations and presentations with experts in the field, we discussed the maternal health crisis and the inequities in the system impacting Black women, alongside the innovative solutions that can save and transform lives.

Watch the highlights of an incredibly impactful afternoon:

Ensuring equitable access to maternal health care gives every child the opportunity to thrive. Help provide access to quality early learning and care for mothers and their children living in under-resourced communities.

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2023 Annual Luncheon Sponsors

A special thank you to our past corporate and individual sponsors whose commitment to our mission is helping more children reach their full potential.

PRESENTING

$100,000

Yagan Family Foundation


CHAMPION

$50,000

BMO Harris Bank, 2023 Annual Luncheon Sponsor LaSalle Network, 2023 Annual Luncheon Sponsor

Nancy & Steve Crown | The Crown Family
The Hasten Foundation
Diana & Bruce Rauner
Zell Family Foundation


PREMIER

$25,000

GCM Grosvenor, 2023 Annual Luncheon Sponsor Oberhelman Foundation & Cullinan Properties, , 2023 Annual Luncheon Sponsor
BMO Harris Bank, 2023 Annual Luncheon Sponsor Related Midwest, 2023 Annual Luncheon Sponsor

Marilyn & Larry Fields
Cari & Michael J. Sacks
Diana & Michael Sands


PARTNER

$10,000

Allstate
Amsive
Susan & Stephen Baird
Meredith Bluhm-Wolf & Bill Wolf
The Boeing Company
Noelle C. Brock, Brock Family Foundation
Jacolyn & John Bucksbaum
The Buffett Early Childhood Fund
Dave & Jane Casper
CME Group Foundation
The Duchossois Family Foundation
Cabray Haines & David Kiley
Harris Family Foundation
ITW
Ron & Fifi Levin, John & Elizabeth Burke, John & Danielle Didrickson | Goldman Sachs
Make It Better Foundation
The Malkin Family
Charles & Brunetta Matthews
PNC
Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Catherine Siegel
Michael & Linda Simon
Steans Family Foundation
Sterling Bay
StoicLane
Sunshine Charitable Foundation
Wilson Garling Foundation


COMMUNITY

$5,000

Ellen Alberding & Kelly Welsh
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Anonymous
Baird
Boston Consulting Group | Vicki Escarra
Jimmy & Eleni Bousis
Sarah Bradley & Paul Metzger
The Brodsky Family Foundation
Mark & Shari Coe | Intrinsic Edge
Erikson Institute
The Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation
Fiducient Advisors | Terri & Bob DiMeo
Keith & Rodney Goldstein
Rachel & Devin Gross
Maxwell Gunnill
JP Morgan Chase
David & Gerri Kahnweiler
The Dolores Kohl Education Foundation
Klaff Family Foundation
Learning Resources
Elizabeth & Eric Lefkovsky
Barbara & Dan O’Keefe
Sharon Oberlander
Cathy and Bill Osborn
Plante Moran
Port Capital LLC
Protiviti
Jeanne Rogers & Perry Sainati
Rothkopf Family Charitable Foundation
The Shah Family
Cheryl & Craig Simon
Ken & Kathy Tallering
Robin Loewenberg Tebbe & Mark Tebbe
Laura Thonn
Anne & John Tuohy
Ulta Beauty
Mike & Robin Zafirovski

Presented by:

LaSalle Network logo

On April 27, we hosted our 20th Annual Luncheon—our first-ever hybrid event—where we welcomed hundreds of individuals in-person here in Chicago and hundreds of others virtually across the country. Presented by LaSalle Network, the powerful program demonstrated how quality early learning and care programs can promote resilience and hope for families with young children—now more than ever.

Through this powerful program of diverse voices and experiences, we hope you can see the role we each have as parents, family members, friends or colleagues to support our children, families and those who care for them.  If you were unable to join us, you can watch a recording of the full program below.

We know a child’s development is not only about what happens in the classroom, but what happens at home and within the community. Yet, far too many families and programs are without adequate resources to support and provide quality experiences. Young children urgently need our help – donate today.  

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Thank you to our generous Annual Luncheon sponsors!

Presenting

$100,000

LaSalle Network logo

Champion

$50,000

BMO logo DRW logo Related Midwest logo Valor logo

Nancy & Steve Crown
The Crown Family
The Hasten Foundation
Diana & Bruce Rauner
Zell Family Foundation


Premier

$25,000

Allstate Logo Cullinan Logo GCM Logo Peoples Gas logo Wintrust logo


Anne & Don Edwards
The Edwardson Family Foundation
Vicki Escarra
Leslie Bluhm & David Helfand
Doug & Diane Oberhelman
Cari & Michael J. Sacks
Diana & Michael Sands
Catherine Siegel


Partner

$10,000

The Boeing Company
Boston Consulting Group
Noelle C. Brock
Brock Family Foundation
Jacolyn & John Bucksbaum
Buffett Early Childhood Fund
CME Group Foundation
David & Jane Casper
Marilyn & Larry Fields
Cabray Haines & David Kiley
Harris Family Foundation
ITW
The Malkin Family
PNC
Port Capital LLC
Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Sterling Bay
Sunshine Charitable Foundation
Ulta Beauty
Wilson Garling Foundation


Community

$5,000

Nick & Jessie Alberding
Ellen Alberding & Kelly Welsh
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Jimmy & Eleni Bousis
Joan & Bill Brodsky
Burns & McDonnell
Mark & Shari Coe
Intrinsic Edge Capital Management
Erikson Institute
The Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation
Fifth Third Bank
Jenny & P. Jay Fortner Family Fund
Goldring Family Foundation
Mr. & Mrs. Rodney L. Goldstein
Rachel and Devin Gross
Maxwell Gunnill
Huntington Bank
JP Morgan Chase Private Bank
David & Gerri Kahnweiler
Learning Resources
Ron & Fifi Levin
Elaine & Donald Levinson
Merrill Family Foundation
Paul Metzger & Sarah Bradley
Barbara & Dan O’Keefe
Sharon & Leon Oberlander
Virginia Oviedo & Michael Ojeda
Midan, Inc.
Plante Moran
Protiviti
Tom & Cece Ricketts
Rothkopf Family Charitable Foundation
Cheryl & Craig Simon
Steans Family Foundation
Ken & Kathy Tallering
Anne & John Tuohy
Mr. & Mrs. Mike S. Zafirovski

Our virtual Annual Luncheon celebrated the transformational power of starting early through inspiring stories from families, educators, corporate leaders and early learning advocates.

This year’s complimentary program demonstrated the lasting impact that early learning can have on molding the future of our youngest children and confirm that starting early matters to all families — regardless of race, background, geography or income. We hope our virtual 2021 Luncheon acts as a reminder that when we come together and invest in early childhood education, we can transform the lives of our future generation. If you were unable to join us, you can watch a recording of the full program below.

Investing in early learning and care programs and the people who provide them must be a priority as we rebuild our nation. When we come together to do so, we will transform the lives of our future generations.

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Thank You to Our Generous 2021 Annual Luncheon Sponsors!

Presenting

$100,000

LaSalle Network logo Zell Family Foundation text treatment

Champion

$50,000

BMO Harris Bank logo Peoples Gas logo Related Midwest logo

Nancy & Steve Crown
The Crown Family
The Hasten Foundation
Diana & Bruce Rauner


Premier

$25,000

Allstate Logo Satter Foundation logo Wintrust Bank logo


Leslie Bluhm & David Helfand
Anne & Don Edwards
Doug & Diane Oberhelman
Cari & Michael Sacks
Diana & Michael Sands
Catherine Siegel


Partner

$10,000

Susan & Stephen Baird
Better
The Boeing Company
Noelle C. Brock
Brock Family Foundation
Jacolyn & John Bucksbaum
Buffett Early Childhood Fund
CME Group
Cummins
Marilyn & Larry Fields
Mr. & Mrs. Rodney L. Goldstein
Cabray Haines & David Kiley
Harris Family Foundation

Linda & Bill Friend
Caryn & King Harris
Stephanie & John Harris
Toni & Dr. Ronald Paul
Pam Friend Szokol

ITW
The Malkin Family
Alexandra C. & John D. Nichols
Nicor Gas
Northern Trust
PNC
Julie & Brian Simmons
Sunshine Charitable Foundation
Ulta Beauty
Wilson Garling Foundation


Community

$5,000

Alberding Family Foundation
Jessie & Nick Alberding
Ellen Alberding & Kelly Welsh
Ann & Robert H. Lurie
Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Baird
Bank of America
Boston Consulting Group
Jimmy & Eleni Bousis
Sarah Bradley & Paul Metzger
Joan & Bill Brodsky
The Burns & McDonnell Foundation
Dana Hirt Parenting
Erikson Institute
Vicki Escarra
Fiducient Advisors
Terri & Bob DiMeo
Fifth Third Bank
Maxwell Gunnill
Rachel & Devin Gross
Irving Harris Foundation
Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation
J.P. Morgan Private Bank
Justine Jentes & Daniel Kuruna
Gerri & David Kahnweiler
Sandy & Andrew Killion
Dayna Langfan
Learning Resources
Elaine & Donald Levinson
The Morris & Dolores Kohl Kaplan Fund of
The Dolores Kohl Education Foundation
Sharon Oberlander
Virginia Oviedo & Michael Ojeda, Midan, Inc.
Plante Moran
Isabel & Charles Polsky
Protiviti
Tom & Cece Ricketts
Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Annie Rothkopf
Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation
Shah Family Charitable Trust
Cheryl & Craig Simon
Ken & Kathy Tallering
Anne & John Tuohy
Susan & Robert Wislow
Zebra Technologies