MB Real Estate Services Inc. sponsored and helped organize awareness and fundraising events over the last two weeks for two youth charities, Urban Initiatives (UI) and buildOn.
UI is a Chicago-based non-profit that organizes intramural soccer programs for children within the Chicago Public School system as a means to empower underserved youth to adopt healthy lifestyles and build strong character. The Work to Play Cup, one of UI’s biggest events of the year, took place on Saturday, June 4th at the Midway Plaisance and brought together more than 2,000 participants, including K-8 students and their families, volunteers, and local supporters. Christine Torres, assistant vice president of MBRE’s Corporate Services and Tenant Advisory, helped coordinate the event. Also volunteering on behalf of MBRE was: Jose Bahena, Dante Capicchioni, Ashley Jordan, Elise O’Connor and Crystal Smith.
Also recently, the annual fundraiser benefitting buildOn, a non-profit that helps urban youth to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education, took place on the evening of May 25th at the Hilton Chicago and raised $513,000. MBRE was an initial sponsor of buildOn’s expansion into the Chicago area and, since 2004, has been actively involved in raising its profile, as well as over $5 million of funds.
“The 2016 buildOn Dinner brought together more than 500 influential Chicago business leaders in support of this youth-focused charity,” Kyle Robbins, vice president of Corporate Services and Tenant Advisory at MBRE, said. “I am proud to have participated in the planning and execution of this important event that has raised record funds and has continued to create awareness for buildOn.”
Robbins led the planning effort for this year’s event, serving alongside MBRE’s senior vice president and general manager, Krystal Kurinsky, and senior vice president and director of Asset Management, Suzanne Hendrick. Robbins is also a member of buildOn’s Board of Directors, along with MBRE’s Peter Ricker, chairman & CEO, and John Murphy, vice chairman.