Operation Warm And The Chicago Housing Authority Help Spread Warmth To Chicago Children

WHAT:    Winter is fast approaching, and the “economic storm” has left many Chicago children and families affected by the financial climate without a warm coat to weather the impending cold months.

Operation Warm in partnership with the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) and ING DIRECT will host a “friend-raiser” on September 16, 2009 at their Chicago Café to raise awareness about the efforts to provide thousands of new winter coats to Chicago’s neediest children.  An exclusive video will debut at the event to offer a first-hand look at how the partnership helps provide new winter coats during Chicago’s coldest months.

Guests and community members attending the “friend-raiser” will meet the partners and enjoy food and beverages. The event is a kick-off to the October 24, 2009 coat distribution and service fair that will be held at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Forum.

WHEN:  Wednesday, September 16, 2009
            5:30 – 7:30 p.m. CT

WHERE:
ING DIRECT Café
21 East Chestnut Street
Chicago, IL 60611
The café is located between N. Wabash Ave. and N. State St.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES:
Interviews with the ING DIRECT Café Team, Lewis Jordan, CEO of the Chicago Housing Authority and Kim Fortunato, President of Operation Warm

About Operation Warm
Operation Warm is the nation’s largest nonprofit providing new winter coats for children in need. Through its core values of accountability, excellence, integrity, innovation, respect and teamwork, Operation Warm strives to accomplish its vision – every child wearing a new winter coat is healthy, able to attend school regularly, and has strong self-esteem. Since its inception in 1998, more than 500,000 children have received the gift of warmth.



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