Local African American Leaders Honored in Memory of Whitney M. Young, Jr. and in Support of Local At-Risk Youth

CHICAGO, IL -  To commemorate a life of service the 6th annual Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Awards Dinner, hosted by the, Boy Scouts of America, Chicago Area Council will honor the 100 Black Men of Chicago Inc., John Leonard, President of the Boy Scouts of America, Chicago Area Council, Ava Youngblood, CEO of Youngblood Executive Search Inc., Tom Sampson, CEO Peacock Engineering Inc. and James E. FitzGeraldScouter posthumously.The Co-General Chairs are Kwame Salter President of the Salter Group LLC. and Ron Scott Vice –President Coca-Cola Field Operation Chicago /Wisconsin market Unit Legal Prep Charter Academy.Last year, this benefit funded Scouting programs forover 900 at-risk and low-income youth served by the Chicago Area Council. The event will be on Saturday, October 25th, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Chicago Regency Ballroom, 151 E. Wacker Dr. For online reservations please visit www.chicagobsa.org/whitneyyoung.

Scoutreach is designed to bring programsthat instill positive values and productive learning opportunities for our youth. Supporting this event makes it possible for underprivileged youth to stay off the street with regular programing and receive camperships and go to Owasippe Scout Reservation, the oldest Boy Scout camp in the nation. Field personnel can be funded through this program to start new Troops in areas where a need exists, but volunteers do not. Through the Boy Scouts, young people have an opportunity to become involved in positive activities, build lasting relationships with mentors and improve self-esteem as they develop into our
future leaders.

Each year the Scoutreach Committee selects local leaders to be honored with a Service Award for the work they do in our community. The Service Award is named after Mr. Whitney M. Young, Jr. for his commitment to serving to improve the lives of AfricanAmericans across the country. Our local honorees have, in their own ways, lived up to the spirit of service by helping to prepare and inspire our children for life.

Branding opportunities and tables are available by contacting Dwayne Hunter at (312) 421-8800, ext. 242
or Dwayne.Hunter@scouting.org.

Whitney M. Young, Jr. was an educator and U.S. civil rights leader who spearheaded the drive for equal opportunity for African-Americans in industry and government during his 10 years as head of the National Urban League.

Boy Scouts of America, Chicago Area Council serves thousands of youthacross the Chicagoland area and surrounding suburbs through traditional Scouting programs, Learning for Life and Exploring. The principle purpose of all Chicago Area Council programs are to instill positive values and prepare youth for life. To learn more, visit www.chicagobsa.org.

For more information contact: Dwayne Hunter, Field Director, Boy Scouts of America, Chicago Area Council

Phone: 312-421-8800 ext. 242

Email: dwayne.hunter@scouting.org