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Fundraising Event

Start Early’s Annual Luncheon

June 11, 2024

Presented by the Hasten Foundation and Helen Zell

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


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.



The Hasten Foundation
Helen Zell



BMO Harris Bank, 2023 Annual Luncheon Sponsor DRW logo

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



Joyce Foundation logo Oberhelman Foundation & Cullinan Properties, 2023 Annual Luncheon Sponsor
Peoples Gas, 2023 Annual Luncheon Sponsor Related Midwest, 2023 Annual Luncheon Sponsor

Tom Gimbel
Cari & Michael J. Sacks
Diana & Michael Sands



Allstate Insurance Company
Noelle C. Brock, Brock Family Foundation
Kerri & Matthew Bruderman
Buffett Early Childhood Fund
Dave & Jane Casper
CME Group Foundation
Mary & Terry Dillon
Marilyn & Larry Fields
GCM Grosvenor
Cabray Haines & David Kiley
Harris Family Foundation
The Malkin Family
Charles & Brunetta Matthews
Northern Trust
Port Capital LLC
Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Jeanne Rogers & Perry Sainati

Catherine Siegel
Linda & Michael Simon
Steans Family Foundation
Sunshine Charitable Foundation
Laura Thonn & Scott Sallee
Wilson/Garling Foundation



Ellen Alberding & Kelly Welsh
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Susan & Stephen Baird
Jimmy & Eleni Bousis
Sarah Bradley & Paul Metzger
John & Jacolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation
the Chicago Bulls
Erikson Institute
Mr. & Mrs. Rodney L. Goldstein
Rachel & Devin Gross
Maxwell Gunnill
J.P. Morgan Private Bank
Learning Resources
Ron Levin/Goldman Sachs
Elaine & Donald Levinson
Sharon Oberlander
Barbara & Dan O’Keefe
Plante Moran
Isabel & Charles Polsky
Rothkopf Family Charitable Foundation
Halee Sage & David Friedman
Shah Family Trust
Cheryl & Craig Simon
Sterling Bay
Ken & Kathy Tallering
Anne & John Tuohy
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.