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Fundraising Event

Start Early Annual Luncheon

April 25, 2023

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. CST
Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Illinois

The Luncheon program focused on advancing maternal health equity so every mother and child can reach their full potential of lifelong well-being.

The 2023 Start Early Annual Luncheon

Maternal Health Can Change a Child’s Future

parent and child laughingEvery child deserves the best start in life. Their health in the earliest years begins with the well-being of all mothers and birthing parents. Ensuring equitable access to maternal health care – before, during and after birth – gives every child the opportunity to thrive and reach their full potential.

Our theme this year focused on advancing maternal health equity so every mother and child can reach their full potential of lifelong well-being. We’ll discuss the longstanding inequities in maternal health for women of color, especially Black women, the crucial need to address systemic racism and discrimination to drive change and the solutions that are making a difference.

Ensuring equitable access to maternal health care gives every child the opportunity to thrive. Your donation helps 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 generous individual and corporate sponsors who are helping support our mission of advancing quality early learning for families with children, before birth through their earliest years, to help close the opportunity gap.



Yagan Family Foundation



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



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



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
Ron & Fifi Levin, John & Elizabeth Burke, John & Danielle Didrickson | Goldman Sachs
Make It Better Foundation
The Malkin Family
Charles & Brunetta Matthews
Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Catherine Siegel
Michael & Linda Simon
Steans Family Foundation
Sterling Bay
Sunshine Charitable Foundation
Wilson Garling Foundation



Ellen Alberding & Kelly Welsh
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
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
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

Luncheon Chairs

Each year, our Annual Luncheon is made possible by our generous Luncheon Chairs, who provide thoughtful guidance, fundraising support and audience-building opportunities. Thank you to Suk and Sam for their leadership and commitment to this year’s event.