Feb. 27, 2013
Housing Opportunities for Women honors WFF
Wood Family Foundation receives award at annual gala dinner
CHICAGO -- Housing Opportunities for Women (HOW) celebrated 30 years at their annual gala dinner and auction, HOW Very, on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. Chaired by HOW board member Rachel Lei of GATX, the event was held at the Four Seasons Chicago. Kerry and Sarah Wood and the Wood Family Foundation received the "Distinguished Neighbor Award" for their ongoing commitment to the children of Chicago. HOW CEO Britt Shawver stated, "We were thrilled to honor Sarah and Kerry at our gala. The work that they and their foundation do is so important, and their commitment to children is truly inspiring. HOW is lucky to have them as friends and neighbors!"
More than 350 corporate partners, donors, board members and their guests gathered for a cocktail reception, and silent and live auctions featuring exclusive experiences and items, such as a stay in Paris, a train-driving experience, dinner in your home prepared by a "Top Chef" contestant and a Chicago Cubs dream day.
Funds raised at the event support HOW's mission of empowering women, children and families to permanently break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Women and children are among the fastest-growing homeless populations in the United States today. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, every year 600,000 families with 1.35 million children experience homelessness in the United States. Of the over 1,600 people served by HOW last year, nearly half were children.About the Wood Family Foundation: is a non-profit organization that was founded in June 2011 by Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood and his wife Sarah. The WFF works to improve the lives of children in and around Chicago by raising funds for it's children's programs. The WFF acts as an advocate for children in the Chicago community, inspiring others to join them in their mission of giving children the resources they need to succeed.