DeMaurice F. Smith to Headline LINK Unlimited Scholars’ 7th Annual Private Equity Luncheon

Event raises funds to support economically disadvantaged African American youth through educational enrichment programs
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* Chicago - Illinois - US

CHICAGO - June 6, 2014 - PRLog -- (CHICAGO) -- Leaders in Chicago’s private equity community will gather to raise funds to support economically disadvantaged African American youth at the 7th Annual LINK Unlimited ( Scholars Private Equity Luncheon at the offices of Winston and Strawn on Monday, June 9th, noon - 1:30 p.m.  The group will host DeMaurice Fitzgerald Smith, Executive Director of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) as their featured speaker.  The event brings together the financial community to support the goals of LINK Unlimited Scholars, which includes providing a high quality education to disadvantaged African American youth to the private high school of their choice, readying the scholars for college, offering opportunities for leadership development, ensuring personal development and encouraging interracial harmony.

The LINK Unlimited approach to education includes matching each incoming student with a mentor for their four years of high school. Mentors, who include experienced professionals from almost every industry, make a commitment to contribute financially to the scholar’s private school tuition and are expected to be a role model and friend to the scholar.  They track the scholar’s progress and provide learning insights and opportunities that support their education. More than half the LINK Unlimited scholars come from homes with annual incomes of less than $40,000. Approximately 70% of the scholars are from single parent homes with a female head of household and the majority of scholars are the first generation in their family to attend college.  Since its inception in 1966, more than 1,900 scholars have received scholarships and mentor support.

“We are very excited to have forged this partnership with the private equity community over the past seven years”, said Virgil Jones, President of LINK Unlimited Scholars.  We’ve had some dynamic speakers who are wholly in support of our mission to provide a quality education to economically disadvantaged African American youth, and we are excited to have DeMaurice address this group and provide us some insights into the NFL.  Moderating the program will be Roger Crockett, president of R.O. Crockett Leadership Advisory.

Past luncheon speakers have included Cubs owner Tom Ricketts (2013), Patrick Fitzgerald, Head Football Coach Northwestern  (2012), Ron Huberman, former CEO of the Chicago Public Schools (2011); Bruce Rauner, founder and former CEO of GTCR Partners (2010); John Canning, Jr., founder and former CEO of Madison Dearborn Partners (2009) and Mike Koldyke, founder of Frontenac Partners and the Golden Apple Foundation, (2008).

For the last 14 years, 100% of LINK Unlimited scholars have been accepted into selective four year colleges and universities including Harvard University, Washington University, Vanderbilt University, University of IL, Urbana-Champaign, Pomona, University of Notre Dame, Howard University, Colgate University, Hamilton College and Knox College.

2014 sponsors include Fifth Third Bank, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Schiff Hardin, TCF Capital Funding,  Winston & Strawn LLP, Goldberg Kohn, Crowe Horwath, KPMG, Prairie Capital, Aldine Capital, GEM Realty Capital, Inc., Mayer Brown, CapX Partners, CIVC Partners, Golder Investment Management, LLC, MB Financial Bank, Merrill Corporation, Morgan Stanley, The Jordan Company, and Wind Point Partners.

The event is completely SOLD OUT.  However, if you would still like to support LINK Unlimited Scholars or attend any of our other upcoming events, please contact Marcia Preston, Director, Foundation Giving & Special Events, 312.225.5465.

ABOUT LINK Unlimited:

The LINK Unlimited Scholars mission is to provide educational college preparatory opportunities for economically disadvantaged African American high school youth.  LINK Unlimited integrates mentoring relationships, service initiatives and spiritual principles to foster academic success, personal development and interracial understanding and harmony.  The LINK Unlimited Scholars approach provides a rigorous support system built to develop and hone the academic and interpersonal skills necessary for admission to top tier colleges and universities, and ultimately, college graduation and a lifetime of success.  Since 1966, LINK Unlimited Scholars has successfully supported over 1,900 scholars.  The number one goal at LINK Unlimited Scholars is to provide every opportunity that will afford the scholars a concrete blueprint by which they can confidently and successfully change the trajectory of their lives

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