Impact

Fundraiser Helps Keep Casa Romero’s Doors Open

April 18, 2016
Chicago, Illinois
The Padrinos event benefited Casa Romero in Chicago.

On March 4, 2016, Holy Cross Parish hosted a fundraiser at the De La Salle Institute to benefit the After-School Program at Casa Romero in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. The money raised at this event will help keep Casa Romero’s doors open for at-risk young people in the community and give them high-quality academic support and tutoring, invested mentors, and a safe place to spend time after school—which is especially critical as the city is facing record levels of gun violence this year.

Casa Romero supporters at the eventCasa Romero supporters at the event

The theme of this event was Padrinos, which means “godparents” or “caring supporters.” A padrino is a person who protects, provides for, and offers wisdom to a young person academically, professionally, and socially. About 300 padrinos came out to support Casa Romero, with even more offering support financially. Several generous corporate sponsors also contributed to Casa Romero for this event, including BMO Harris Bank, who contributed through tCI. This support will help Casa Romero continue to maintain their critical services for children and teens in the face of the Illinois budget situation.

CBS Chicago reporter Sandra Torres at the eventCBS 2 journalist Sandra Torres served as the master of ceremonies

The master of ceremonies, CBS 2 Chicago journalist Sandra Torres, was joined by a local volunteer mariachi group and Holy Cross’ own youth Marimba Ensemble, who supplied entertainment for the evening during the live and silent auctions. The highlight of the evening, however, came when David, a college student and Casa Romero graduate, spoke about his experiences at Casa Romero and why he now serves as a tutor and mentor as a way to give back to the community and the program that helped him.

Thank you to everyone who supported Padrinos and Casa Romero. You can join these padrinos to help support the community’s young people by making a donation to Casa Romero. As always, 95% of your donation goes straight to programs, and you can direct your gift to the tCI program of your choice.

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