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HAVE A HEART GALA - Building Futures Together

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Join us for an unforgettable evening at the 26th Annual Have a Heart Gala, where we'll come together to celebrate our vision of ending homelessness and transforming lives through housing stability. Your presence and support will help us raise vital funds to propel our mission forward and make lasting change in our community. 

We could not host the Gala without our event sponsors! Your investment in Housing Forward will impact the lives of thousands of individuals and families, helping them on their way to long-term housing stability. When you partner with Housing Forward, we will ensure this collaboration complements your company’s values and provides a platform to improve community perception of your business. Have a Heart Gala sponsors play a crucial role in helping us to deliver comprehensive and responsive services to almost 2,000 people each year. 

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Help out with the Have a Heart Gala - Building Futures Together!

Would you or your company be interested in contributing to the Have a Heart Gala? Do you have something to contribute to the silent auction? Are you interested in joining the Have a Heart Gala Committee? Please contact Alice

If you would like to avoid the credit card processing fee please consider paying for your table and sponsorship by check.

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Date: May 4, 2024 @ 6:00 PM
Event Cost
Tickets starting at $300
Event Location
The Geraghty

2520 S Hoyne Avenue
Chicago, IL 60608
United States

41.8458953, -87.6783769

The Geraghty

2520 S Hoyne Avenue
Chicago, IL 60608
United States

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2024 Gala Host

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Stefan Holt

NBC 5 News

Award-winning journalist Stefan Holt returns to his hometown to anchor the NBC 5 News every weeknight at 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. with Marion Brooks, and Allison Rosati. He rejoins the NBC 5 news team after spending more than four years working for WNBC-TV in New York. Prior to that, he was in Chicago for nearly five years, where he anchored the NBC 5 News Today with Zoraida Sambolin.

Holt was born in Chicago and spent his childhood growing up in Lincoln Park. He is the recipient of several Chicago and New York Emmy Awards and was recognized with a national Edward R. Murrow Award as part of team coverage during the deadly 2019 police standoff in Jersey City, New Jersey. Stefan was one of the first U.S. journalists to report live from Havana following the death of former Cuban President Fidel Castro. He also co-anchored news coverage from the 2017 Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C.

Holt’s career in local news began in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he served as a weekend anchor and reporter for WPBF-TV. An avid aviation enthusiast, he is an instrument-rated pilot and frequently reports on the airline industry and transportation safety.

Stefan graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast telecommunications and a B.A. in political science from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. That is where he met his wife, Morgan, while both were attending the university. The couple is thrilled to be back in Chicagoland with their two sons.

2024 Building Futures Honorees

Headshot of Speaker Emanuel Chris Welch

Ending Homelessness Award

Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives Emanuel “Chris” Welch
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Congregation Partner Award

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Oak Park and Reverend Kathy Nolte

Community Partner Award


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