By: Ryan Tejero
Filipino-American Michelle Lura White recently joined the Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club (NBGC) in Chicago as their new director of development. She brings a wealth of knowledge from her unique professional experiences in Chicago, Milwaukee and Springfield in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.
The Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club is a 501(c)3 independent non-profit that was founded in 1931, and it is located at 2501 W. Irving Park Road by Western Avenue in Chicago’s North Center neighborhood. The club serves thousands of youth between the ages 5-18 years old, including youth and teenagers from economically challenging and underserved communities through its after school, out-of-school, athletic, and leadership programs at its main site location and at its two additional, on-site after school locations at Bateman and Coonley schools. NBGC’s programs are designed to enhance the well-being of NBGC youth participants by providing a safe and supportive after-school and out-of-school environment. The club is committed to assisting the parents and guardians of our youth during times that they need help the most.
Last year, NBGC’s Leadership Program distributed $120,000 to 80 teenagers to help them to pay for their educational resources, food, clothing, shoes and to support them in assisting their families to pay housing rent. In addition, $56,000 was awarded to teenage recipients to help them pursue their dream of attending college.
As the Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club’s new director of development, Michelle looks forward to working with NBGC’s executive director Jeff Sadowski, NBGC colleagues and the board of directors in taking the non-profit to the next level. In addition to overseeing NBGC’s donor relations program and fundraising activities, Michelle will be the project manager of NBGC events such as the the 2019 Leaders of the Future Scholarship Awards Dinner on Friday, May 10th featuring actor, WWE Superstar, Physique Champion, and Harvard-educated lawyer David Otunga as the keynote speaker, the 50th NBGC Golf Outing on Monday, July 15th at the Links at Carillon Golf Course in Plainfield, Lagunitas Social Night, Cubs Night, Bears Bash and etc.
In regards to the Filipino American community, Michelle’s past involvement includes Filipino Catholic Ministry in Milwaukee, the past Filipino American Film Festival in Chicago, the past Passport to the Philippines festival at the Chicago Children’s Museum, the Filipino American Network of Chicago (FAN) as board vice-president and the past FAN Adobofest, the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Chicago as past executive director, the past Philippine Fest “Piyesta Pinoy” at Navy Pier, and Philippine Fest “Piyesta Pinoy” Bolingbrook. Michelle has also worked closely with the Consulate General of the Philippines-Chicago between 2010-2018. In the near future, Michelle plans to be involved with philanthropic projects in the Philippines, especially in her mother’s native province, Surigao del Sur in North East Mindanao.
Please reach out to support the projects of NBGC through Michelle via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michelle Lura White
Michelle Lura White along with the Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Jeffrey Sadowski (far right) pose with MB Financial Bank’s North Center branch leadership as MB Financial Charitiable Foundation awarded a $5,000.00 grant to the Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club for the programs and services they provide for youth between the ages of 5-18.
Michelle Lura White at The Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club
The Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club (NBGC) did not let the polar vortex keep them from shutting down their non-profit and kept their doors open from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. during the two days of the historic deep freeze. NBGC staff traveled 45 minutes from the Midway Airport area, 30 minutes from Chicago’s Bronzeville and Bridgeport neighborhoods and the suburbs to make sure they were there for NBGC youth members who needed a safe enviornment. Between the two days, 130 youth were served.