Sun Life Rising Star Award program
Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstein and Oak Brook resident Rich Matthews
Updated: November 26, 2012 10:17AM
Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein treated Sun Life Financial employees and clients to a special day at Wrigley Field as part of the Sun Life Rising Star Awards program on Oct. 2. The lucky guests received VIP treatment with a unique tour of the ballpark followed by a meet-and-greet and Q&A session with Epstein.
More than 30 Sun Life guests received the opportunity to take photos on the field during batting practice before staying for the Cubs game against the Houston Astros later that night.
With the help of Epstein, Sun Life Financial wrapped up the day by awarding two local nonprofits, Christopher House and Children’s Home + Aid, with $50,000 grants for their commitment to the youth of Chicago. Ebony I. of Charles Houston High School and Yaneza A. of Northside College Prep High School each received a $5,000 Sun Life Rising Star college scholarship for their remarkable educational achievements and commitment to their community.
Now in its third year, the Sun Life Rising Star Awards program recognizes nonprofits that redress low high school graduation rates and outstanding students who have overcome significant obstacles to succeed. The program also promotes financial literacy as a means to achieve life-long financial wellness and stability. This year, Sun Life Financial expanded the program to seven cities from five in 2011, and will award grants and scholarships to outstanding students and nonprofit organizations in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix and South Florida. Since 2010, Sun Life Financial has committed nearly $3 million to 54 students and 47 nonprofit organizations across the country.