Thank You for Helping Us Raise Record Funds at Our Benefit Reception!

We deeply appreciate your support and attendance at the 2019 ACI Annual Benefit Reception! Your generous financial gifts help support ACI programs that provide scholarships, emergency financial aid and peer mentoring on 11 member campuses.

We’re proud to announce that 179 people attended our event, helping us raise more than $110,000 in gross receipts, significant increases over the previous year! On this page are Benefit Reception highlights, photos, videos, plus a list of our outstanding sponsors and door prize providers.

Whether you attended or not, there is still time to contribute to support our student-centered programs. Send your check to Associated Colleges of Illinois, 70 East Lake Street, Suite 1418, Chicago, IL 60601. Or, make a gift online:

2019 ACI Benefit Reception Highlights 

(See the printed program booklet)

Welcome and Introductions
Frank D. Cella, Chair, ACI Board of Trustees
Jamel SC Wright, Ph.D., President, ACI

Chicago Sinfonietta Project Inclusion Ensemble

Featured Speaker
Michael W. Frerichs, Illinois State Treasurer

Student Testimonials
Jordan Bruster, ACI Scholarship Recipient, Rockford University, ’19
Tacoya Harris, ACI Peer Mentoring Program and Mentee, North Central College, ’22
Jorge Palacios, ACI Peer Mentoring Program and Mentor, Concordia University Chicago ’19

J. Vincent Williams, ACI Board of Trustees

Michael W. Frerichs
Illinois State Treasurer

Jordan Bruster
ACI Scholarship Recipient
Rockford University ’19

TaCoya Harris
ACI Peer Mentoring Program and Mentee
North Central College ’22

Jorge Palacios
ACI Peer Mentoring Program and Mentor
Concordia University Chicago ’19

 Sponsors and Door Prizes



Baker Tilly

Don Campbell

Rathje Woodward LLC

Robbins Schwartz

Door Prizes
Chicago Bulls
Chicago Sinfonietta
Chicago Sky
Chicago White Sox
Chicago Wolves
Lettuce Entertain You gift cards
(Courtesy of Nike Whitcomb)

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