The donadtion – the largest corporate gift in United Way of Metro Chicago’s history – will be used to help implement Austin’s quality of life plan and to support social service infrastructure and development in the city’s most-populated community area. The investment was announced last week at an event hosted by Mayor Lori Lightfoot and attended by several local elected officials.
“This was a growth year for us,” said Malcolm Crawford, race organizer and executive director of the Austin African American Business Networking Association. “We’re looking for bigger and better next year. We got a lot of good experience this year, so we are looking forward to next year.”
Those in attendance at this month’s meeting of the Austin African American Business Network Association were encouraged to apply for a Retail Thrive Zone business development grant from the city of Chicago.
All are invited to the Aug. 7 event, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Loretto Hospital, 645 S. Central Ave. Participating organizations include: AAABNA, Austin Chamber of Commerce, Austin Coming Together, North Avenue Business Association, West Garfield Park Community Stakeholders, West Side Business Network and Westside Men’s Network.
Friday’s event, organized by the Austin African American Business Networking Association, will honor Austin Green Team founder Mary Peery, Chicago Police Department First Deputy Al Wysinger and businesswoman Kelley Moseley.