2014 Community Investment Awards Reception and Film Screening

Awards crowd
Friday, May 9, 2014 - 4:30pm to 7:30pm


In the past year, Woodstock Institute has worked on issues such as ending bank payday lending, concentrations of zombie foreclosures, increasing women’s access to mortgage lending, and improving vacant buildings data collection. As always, the support of our partners and community leaders has been critical to this work.

Woodstock Institute invites you to the 2014 Community Investment Awards Reception and Film Screening at Instituto Cervantes on May 9, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. After we enjoy some tasty appetizers, drinks, and networking, we will recognize the accomplishments of community champions who exemplify what it means to work locally with a national impact.


2014 Community Investment Awards
Reception and Film Screening

May 9, 2014  4:30 p.m.

Instituto Cervantes
31 W. Ohio St.
Chicago, IL 60654

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We will also screen “Fleeced: Speaking Out Against Senior Financial Abuse,” a film produced by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition and WFYI, which reveals what can happen to older adults when they are targeted for scams and abusive financial products. The film also reveals how they  are fighting back, and becoming powerful advocates for themselves and others to help change the current landscape of economic security for older Americans.



After the screening, a panel of speakers will discuss the film and the financial abuse of older adults in the U.S. Panelists will be available for questions and answers after the discussion.


Rev. Elaine Bellis, Gamaliel of Metro Chicago and the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago

Ernie Lukasik, Northwest Side Housing Center

Jesse Van Tol, National Community Reinvestment Coalition

Dory Rand, Woodstock Institute (moderator)



4:30 p.m.   Reception

5:40 p.m.   Program and Presentation of Community Investment Awards

6:20 p.m.  Screening of “Fleeced: Speaking Out Against Senior Financial Abuse”

6:50 – 7:30 p.m.   Panel discussion


Award Receipients

Hon. Daniel Biss—Illinois State Senator
Senator Biss is being honored for his work on solutions to retirement insecurity in Illinois. He is currently championing a bill that would establish the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program, an automatic enrollment individual retirement account (IRA) program for Illinoisans who lack access to an employer-based retirement plan.

Chicago Community Loan Fund
The Chicago Community Loan Fund is being honored for providing financing and technical assistance for community development and stabilization projects that revitalize low- and moderate-income communities in the Chicago region.

Alby Gallun, Micah Maidenberg, and David Matthews—Crain’s Chicago Business
These Crain’s reporters are being honored for their track record of reporting on Chicago-area foreclosures, vacant properties, and the housing crisis. You can read their interactive six-part series on vacant buildings here.



Online ticket sales have ended, but you can register at the door, just bring cash or check for your registration!


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