On May 16, 2017, we celebrated the accomplishments, both present and future, of our Fellows from the college graduating Class of 2021. OneGoal-Chicago collectively raised more than $1 million to close the degree divide here at home and across the nation. Thank you to our guests, sponsors, board members and host committee who made this possible.

Our event honoree, Valerie Jarrett, former Special Advisor to President Barack Obama, kicked off the night by sharing the following advice with our Fellows: “Own your life and your decisions, and feel a sense of empowerment over your own future. If you do that, then you can go 100 different directions but you choose the one that’s right for you.” Later in the evening, OneGoal Year Three Fellow, Alejandro Rios, showcased empowerment over his future as he passionately spoke to the crowd. It was in the class of his Program Director, Ms. O’Leary, where he first envisioned himself on a college campus, a vision that is now a reality.

Thank you for your sponsorship

Presenting – $100,000

Leslie Bluhm + David Helfand

Walter Family Foundation

Platinum – $50,000

Balyasny Foundation

Kim + Brad Keywell

Prosper Road Foundation + Joan and David Evans

Mike + Alyse Gamson

Gold – $25,000

Best Portion Foundation

Guggenheim Partners

Scott + Sally Pofcher

BMO Harris Bank

Steve + Diane Miller

Liz + Don Thompson and The Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education

John + Maureen Dugan

Northern Trust

Silver – $15,000

Shradha Agarwal

Bronze – $10,000

Sidley Austin


OCA Ventures

William Blair & Company

HUB International

Julia Walter

Bradford Allen

Kutchins, Robbins & Diamond, Ltd.

Darrell + Allison Williams and Unison Consulting, Ltd.

Evans Food Group

North Park University

Jessica Droste Yagan + Sam Yagan

Paul + Mary Finnegan

Claire + Mike O’Grady

Support Our Work

If you were unable to attend but would still like to support OneGoal’s next phase of growth, please consider making a gift to OneGoal and joining us in making our next step a success. Click the link below or email Brynne Mancuso.  



“Every student – every student regardless of their race, their gender, their economic situation, the neighborhood in which they grew up, the language that they speak, or who their parents are – has the right to an education. Not only an education, but an education that ends with a graduation.”

Darren Tuggle
Program Director, OneGoal – Chicago
English and Drama Teacher
Kelvyn Park High School