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50th Annual Benefit

Occurred: March 7, 2021 1:00am

Celebrating 50 Years of Y.O.U.

Y.O.U. cordially invites you to join us virtually to celebrate 50 years of expanding opportunity and empowering youth.

When: Saturday, March 6, 2021
Where: This year's event is virtual! Join us from wherever you are in the world. 
The Evening:

  • 6:30PM Optional Zoom Parties for Ticket Purchasers
  • 7:00PM Program
  • 7:45PM After Party


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Thank you to everyone who joined us virtually for Y.O.U.'s 50th Annual Benefit! Watch the event online now.


Individual Tickets with Party Package  - $125
Party packages include access to the virtual event and a party package with champagne for a toast, appetizers, a yard sign, a printed program, and other fun items. Packages are valued at $75. 

Event Access plus $50 Donation - $50
Attend the event plus make a $50 donation in celebration of Y.O.U.’s 50th Anniversary. 

Event access is free! Tune in to the virtual event at no cost. 

Supporting Our Community 

Y.O.U. is proud to make a commitment to support as many local businesses as possible in the production of this event. In other years, we rely on in-kind donations from businesses to support our event. We are honored to be able to support them this year:

  • Five & Dime, Found, Funkadesi, Hecky's Barbeque, Hewn, La Principal, Peckish Pig, MSF Graphics, Noir d'Ebene, Preston's Flowers & Gifts, Quartet Copies, Vinic Wine

Raffle Prizes

Raffle drawing will take place at the event. Tickets are $25 each. 

Keep checking back to the website as additional details become available. 

  • Wonderful Wines: Win a full case of 12 bottles of mixed wine varietals from Vinic Wine Co. generously donated by Y.O.U.’s Board and Associate Board members. 
  • Local Favorites: Win five (5) $50 gift certificates to some of your favorite local restaurants offering delivery or carry out. 
  • Y.O.U. CSA Box: Win delivery of six-weeks of organic produce grown and harvested in Y.O.U.’s learning garden by the Food, Farming, Future (F3) program. 
  • White Sox Package: Four (4) tickets plus a parking pass for a 2021 White Sox home game. These tickets are in Section 135 behind home plate. Due to social distancing by the stadium exact seats may be near, but not in section 135. Winner will have their choice from three game day options presented by the donor. 

Thank you to our generous Event Sponsors!


Questions about this event? Contact Krysta Michorczyk, Advancement Officer, at or 847.801.0281.

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Featured Recipe

Recipe.jpgIn Summer 2020, high school youth in the Food, Farming, Future program shared photos of the meals they made at home and their stories of sharing the food with family. Here is one of their favorite recipes that is featured during the Annual Benefit!

Swiss Chard Bucatini

Serves 3-4
Total time 25 minutes


  • 1/2 lb dried bucatini 
  • 2-4 tbsp granulated salt
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flake
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan salt (to taste)
  • black pepper (to taste) lemon juice (to taste)

Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil. Add 2-4 tablespoons of salt to water, add bucatini. While pasta is cooking, saute garlic and red pepper fake over medium heat until fragrant. Add chopped Swiss chard to saucepan, saute until reduced in size, then finish with 2 table-spoons of butter. 

When bucatini is cooked to al dente, drain and reserve one cup of cooking liquid. Add bucatini, parmesan, and cooking liquid to saucepan and stir until creamy. Optionally finish with lemon juice, salt, pepper, butter, or olive oil to taste. 

Photo from Y.O.U. Youth, Marisa Fisher