YouthBuild Lake County’s Spring Benefit raised $141,000 for its programming, according to the organization’s Board Chairperson, Merit Partners LLC’s David Liebman, SIOR. Liebman has been a board member since 2008 and is the 2018 board chair of the organization, which educates and trains underserved young adults from ages 18 to 24.
“Through YouthBuild USA’s model of education, including GED and high school diplomas; certifications in construction, HVAC, certified medical assistant, welding and other vocational skills; personal counseling; leadership training; and Bridge to College programs, we’re able to help young adults in the Lake County area create better futures for themselves, their families and loved ones,” Liebman said. “The Annual Spring Benefit has been a big part of our private resource generation efforts and goes a long way to helping the organization to assist dozens of young people to complete their secondary education, work towards a college education, and move forward in construction and other industries, and their productive lives.”
Liebman’s 30 years of experience and leadership in the commercial real estate industry have helped him to guide the YouthBuild Lake County program and develop young adults’ interests in the building industry. He helped lead the planning of the 2018 Spring Benefit, which featured live and silent auctions at the iconic Sanfilippo Foundation Estate in Barrington Hills, Illinois. Guests toured the estate’s world-renowned collection of antique and unique self-playing musical instruments before the reception and auctions. The event sold out, with nearly 300 people in attendance.
In addition to being involved in the 2018 Spring Benefit, Liebman has and continues to be active on several standing committees, including the development committee, the governance committee, and is a member of the executive committee. He enjoys his service to the organization due to its mission to provide education and greater opportunities to a large and mostly underserved constituency of society.