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Over 100 people came together to celebrate a milestone event, Rising Up and Moving Forward: 20 Years of Survivors Led Action.

This celebration was very dear to our hearts as we celebrated our collective impact and the community leaders who have build Communities United. We also created a space to honor and remember the leaders we lost during the pandemic and celebrated our longtime leader, founder and board vice president Diane Limas. 20 years ago a seed was planted by her and a handful of community residents to create a community of empowered leaders to challenge and change the unjust policies impacting our communities. Thank you to those who were able to join us in person, virtually or donated! Your generosity goes toward empowering youth and parent leaders across our communities for violence prevention, police reform, and affordable housing! 

A SPECIAL THANKS TO CHIC CHEF FOR CATERING THE EVENT

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December 2015, three friends were sitting around brainstorming ideas for a new business venture. Two of the friends had a background in hospitality, and one of them had an aspiring future in real estate. Thus, the ideas for the business were either real-estate or catering—but wait,

no one really knew anything about real estate, so catering it was! With his background in food & beverage Ravi took his knowledge and opened

Chic Chef on January 5th, 2016, shortly after. Chic Chef initially specialized in Indian weddings due to his expert cultural background, but quickly made its debut in the universal wedding industry. Just a few short years later, Chic Chef is now known as one of Chicago’s top small business caterers, achieving multiple awards, and recognition along the way. We have had the pleasure of working with some Chicago’s most talented event industry professionals and hope to continue expanding and establishing our name nationwide.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

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THANK YOU TO THESE LOCAL BUSINESSES FOR MAKING IN-KIND DONATIONS

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Communities United is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (#36-4394374); your contribution may be tax-deductible.