Anixter’s Benefit for Ability raises $550,000 for people with disabilities

A sold-out crowd of more than 400 gathered at Harold Washington Library’s Winter Garden on May 1 to celebrate Anixter Center’s third annual Benefit for Ability, “The Power of Design to Transform Lives.”

The event chairman was John Blacketor of Hinsdale, president and CEO of Executive Construction Inc., and honored John Syvertsen, FAIA, LEED, senior principal of CannonDesign and guiding force behind Open Hand Studio.

The evening kicked off with a cocktail hour and silent auction. Rob Johnson of Hinsdale, anchor at WBBM-Channel 2, served as Master of Ceremonies.

After dinner, guests participated in a pledge drive, which included a matching grant of $10,000 from The Sun-Times Foundation and The Chicago Community Trust.

The benefit raised $550,000 and celebrated the transformative power of design and the impact it has on people’s lives, especially those with disabilities.

Anixter Center is one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area serving people with disabilities

For more information, visit anixter.org.

Benefit for Ability

Benefiting: Anixter Center

Location: Harold Washington Library

Attending: 400

Raised: $550,000

Website: anixter.org

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