Chicago-based Non-profit Avanse Presents 2016 Annual Believe in the Possible Benefit

Proceeds will support opening of Avanse’s first Outreach Center to help street children in Haiti

CHICAGO – March 14, 2016 – Avanse, a Chicago-based non-profit that provides outreach, education, life skills and emotional healing to street children, will be hosting its annual Believe in the Possible Benefit at Galleria Marchetti on Friday, April 1, 2016.   

This black tie affair will be the organization’s largest fundraising event of the year, expecting to bring together more than 400 people to raise funds for the opening of Avanse’s first outreach center in Cite Soleil, Haiti. 

Currently, Avanse works with local partner organizations by providing programmatic support and expertise to address the needs of street children in Haiti, Nicaragua and Colombia. Proceeds from the Benefit will enable Avanse to open its Outreach Center, which will become a home to Haiti’s abandoned children living in Cite Soleil, the poorest slum in the Western Hemisphere, and give these children safety, hope and the opportunity to shape their futures. 

Master of ceremonies for the event will be award-winning multimedia journalist Siera Santos from Comcast SportsNet Chicago. Attendees of the Benefit will hear from U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul and other dignitaries focused on improving conditions for street children around the world.   In addition, the Benefit will honor Father Tom Hagen who has worked alongside Haiti’s poor for more than thirty years, providing hope and strength to the most destitute and violent areas of the country.

A red carpet reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and live and silent auctions at 7:30 p.m. Music and entertainment will be provided by violinist Kat V and DJ Bridget Marie. 

About Avanse: 

Avanse is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to advance the lives of street children in Latin America and the Caribbean. Founded by educator Jeannette Pawula, Avanse focuses on providing the tools and support to enable these children to make the transition off the streets to a life of dignity and self-sufficiency.