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ELIZABETH “BETTY LOU” SMITH FUND PROVIDES MATCHING GRANT CHALLENGE TO THE SECC’S NEIGHBORHOOD ENHANCEMENT GRANT PROGRAM

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

ELIZABETH “bETTY LOU” SMITH FUND provides MATCHING GRANT challenge TO THE SECC’s NEIGHBORHOOD ENHANCEMENT GRANT program

CHICAGO (January 30, 2018) – The South East Chicago Commission (SECC) is pleased to announce, for a second year in a row, that the SECC has received a matching "dollar for dollar" grant from the Elizabeth “Betty Lou” Smith Fund up to $15,000 for the 2018 Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Program.

Since 1999, the SECC, has collectively granted nearly $500,000 in beautification funds to neighborhood organizations that support beautification projects to enhance the quality of life in our neighborhoods and allow us to work together as community partners for the improvement of all our areas through our Neighborhood Enhancement Grant program. The program is designed to enhance the physical attractiveness of the Hyde Park, Kenwood, Oakland, Woodlawn, and Washington Park communities.

“By working together, we can build community from within the community. The power of partnerships can help the neighborhood thrive and create safe places and spaces for everyone to enjoy”, stated Diane Burnham, Executive Director of the SECC.

For 2018, the SECC will host its third annual fundraiser "A Night at the Theater” on Thursday March 15, 2018. The night begins at 5:30PM with a reception at the Smart Museum of Art (5550 S Greenwood Ave) followed by 7:30PM opening night performance at Court Theatre (5535 S Ellis Ave) of the critically claimed play “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”, based on the 40-year-old iconic film, but Todd Kreidler’s 2012 stage adaptation is startlingly relevant and thought-provoking for a modern audience.

Tickets are $75 and can be purchased via Eventbrite HERE or by visiting the SECC office. If you cannot attend, please consider MAKING A DONATION to make a charitable donation to the program. Every donation is greatly appreciated, regardless of size. Donate now and double your donation!

The 2017 program received generous support from the Elizabeth Louise Smith Fund, who provided a matching grant of $10,000. The program also received support from the Hyde Park Kenwood Community Conference (HPKCC), Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) and the Hyde Park Bank, A Wintrust Bank.  Community partnerships helped further the program’s goal of creating high-impact neighborhood beautification projects. Additionally, the SECC Fundraising Committee hosted its second annual fundraiser “A Night at the Theater”, which helped raise additional funds needed to support the projects. In total, $20,000 was committed to the 2017 program. 

 

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