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Since 1917, Catholic Charities has been helping veterans in need. Today, we continue to offer specialized programs for veterans and their surviving spouses. Some of the highlights from fiscal year 2012 are outlined below.

Cooke’s Manor is an alcohol and substance abuse recovery home for formerly homeless male veterans located at the Veterans Administrative Campus in Hines, Illinois.

  • 83 veterans served
  • 7,427 nights of car e provided
  • 87% of veterans exiting the program maintained sobriety
  • 22,428 meals served
  • 2,029 hours of counseling provided

St. Leo Residence is a long term transitional residence including 141 studio apartments for formerly homeless veterans located in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood of Chicago’s far south side.

  • 154 veterans served
  • 19,322 nights of care provided
  • 89% of residents increased income through employment and other sources
  • 98% of residents maintained stable housing

Bishop Goedert Residence provides affordable one bedroom apartments to senior veterans and their surviving spouses, helping them to remain independent and out of institutionalized care and is located at the Veterans Administrative Campus in Hines, Illinois.

  • 75 veterans served
  • Eligible households pay no more than 30% of their adjusted gross income for rent and utilities, excluding telephone
  • A Support Service Coordinator 35 hours each week

Veterans Employment Program assists veterans in finding and maintaining employment through job readiness training, resume writing assistance, mock interviews and job placement counseling.

  • 188 veterans served
  • 80% of veterans remained employed after six months
  • 96% employer satisfaction rate

Featured Guest Speaker

Colonel Harvey Curtiss “Barney’ Barnum

USMC (Ret.)

Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient

 

 

 

Mr. Barnum was sworn in as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Reserve Affairs on 23 July, 2001. In this capacity he was responsible for all matters regarding the Navy and Marine Corps Reserve including manpower, equipment, policy and budgeting.  Mr. Barnum was designated Acting Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) on 20 January 2009 and retired on 30 April 2009.

 

A native of Cheshire, Connecticut, Mr. Barnum received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from St. Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U. S. Marine Corps in 1962. The fourth Marine to be awarded the nation's highest honor, the Medal of Honor for valor in Vietnam, he retired from the Marine Corps in August 1989.

   

 

As a Marine Officer for over 27 and one-half years, Mr. Barnum served multiple tours as an artilleryman with both the 3rd and 2nd Marine Divisions to include two tours in Vietnam; 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing; Guard Officer at Marine Barracks, Pearl Harbor and Operations Officer, Hawaiian Armed Forces Police; Weapons Instructor at the Officer Basic School; four years at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island as Commanding Officer, Headquarters Company and the 2nd Recruit Training Battalion of the Training Regiment; Chief of Current Operations, US Central Command where he planned and executed the first U.S./Jordanian joint exercise staff as the Commander of U.S. Forces and twice planned and executed  operation BRIGHT STAR spread over four southwest Asian countries involving 26,000 personnel .  Headquarters Marine Corps tours included: aide to the Assistant Commandant as a Captain and Deputy Director Public Affairs, Director Special Projects Directorate and Military Secretary to the Commandant as a Colonel. Upon retirement in 1989, Colonel Barnum served as the Principal Director, Drug Enforcement Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense.

 

Mr. Barnum now serves on a number of corporate and non-profit boards including Segs4Vets; Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation; and Medifast.

Mr. Barnum's personal medals and decorations include:

the Medal of Honor; Defense Superior Service
Medal; Legion of Merit; the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" and gold star in lieu of a second award;

Purple Heart; Meritorious Service Medal; Navy Commendation Medal; Navy Achievement Medal with Combat "V"; Combat Action Ribbon; Presidential Unit Citation; Army Presidential Unit Citation; Joint Meritorious Unit Award; Navy Unit Citation; two awards of the Meritorious Unit Citation; the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (silver); Department of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award.

Mr. Barnum is married to Martha E. Hill of Parkersburg, West Virginia. The Barnum's reside in Reston,Virginia.

 

 

Opportunities for Support

DINNER SPONSOR                                                        

  • Name & logo on all printed materials
  • Inclusion in pre and post event publicity
  • Recognition throughout event
  • Inside front or back cover advertisement in the event program book 
  • Four tables of ten & eight tickets to private reception

$25,000

PLATINUM SPONSOR                                                    

  • Name & logo on all printed materials
  • Inclusion in pre and post event publicity
  • Recognition throughout event
  • Full page advertisement in the event program book 
  • Two tables of ten & four tickets to private reception

    $15,000

    RECEPTION SPONSOR                                            

    • Inclusion in pre and post event publicity
    • Recognition throughout event
    • Recognition on cocktail napkins during cocktail reception
    • Full page advertisement in the event program book 
    • One table of ten & four tickets to private reception

    $10,000

    GOLD SPONSOR                                                      

    • Inclusion in pre and post event publicity
    • Recognition throughout event
    • Half-page advertisement in the event program book 
    • One table of ten & two tickets to private reception

    $7,500

    DINNER WINE SPONSOR                                              

    • Inclusion in pre and post event publicity
    • Recognition at every dinner table
    • Half-page advertisement in the event program book 
    • One table of ten & two tickets to private reception
     $7,500
     

    RAFFLE SPONSOR (must commit by 4/3/2015)       

    • Inclusion in pre and post event publicity
    • Recognition on raffle ticket and invitation
    • Half-page advertisement in the event program book 
    • One table of ten & two tickets to private reception
     $7,500
     

    VIDEO SPONSOR                                                                          

    • Inclusion in pre and post event publicity
    • Recognition on closing credit of event video played during dinner and PowerPoint
    • Half-page advertisement in the event program book 
    • One table of ten & two tickets to private reception
     $7,500

    SILVER SPONSOR 

    • Recognition signage at event
    • Quarter-page advertisement in the event program book 
    • One table of ten

    $5,000

    CENTERPIECE SPONSOR 

    • Name & logo on centerpieces at each guest table
    • Quarter-page advertisement in the event program book
    • One table of ten

    $5,000

    PRINTING SPONSOR (1 opportunity) 

    • Recognition signage at event
    • Quarter-page advertisement in the event program book
    • One table of ten

    $5,000

    PUBLICITY SPONSOR 

    • Recognition on event ads in Chicago lifestyle and business publications, such as Crain’s and CS Magazine
    • Quarter-page advertisement in the event program book
    • One table of ten

    $5,000

    BRONZE SPONSOR

    • Recognition signage at event
    • Recognition in event program book
    • Six complimentary tickets

    $2,500

    PATRON SPONSOR

    • Recognition in event program book
    • Two complimentary tickets

    $1,000

    Other ways to Support

    PROGRAM / TRIBUTE BOOK ADS

    • Full Page
    8.5wx11t

    $500

    • Half Page
    8.5wx5.5t

    $250

    • Quarter Page

    4.25wx5.5t

    $125

    • Tribute Book Listing

    $50

    RESERVATIONS

    • Table of 10

    $2,000

    • Individual Reservation

    $200

    DONATIONS

    Monetary donations are gratefully accepted


       

       

     


     

    Your personal or company support of the Veterans in Need Dinner on will help veterans in need of residential, employment and drug and alcohol abuse support. Below is a list of Tribute Book support opportunities.  The Tribute Book offers a wonderful way to honor the veteran(s) in your life while demonstrating your support of the veterans that receive help from Catholic Charities programs. Please contact Judy Silekis, Director of Development, at 312-655-7289 or jsilekis@catholiccharities.net to discuss the Tribute Book in greater detail.


    TRIBUTE BOOK ADS
    Full Page (5”w x 8”t) $500
    Half Page (5”w x 4”t) $250
    Quarter Page (2.5”w x 4”t) $125
    Tribute Book Listing - $50

    View some examples of our tribute book sizes and past ads


      
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    The 4th Annual Veterans In Need Dinner will take place on Friday, May 29 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Union League Club of Chicago located at 65 W. Jackson Blvd. Proceeds will benefit Veterans Initiatives. Individual tickets are $200. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, please contact Dave Gardner, Event Manager, at dgardner@catholiccharities.net.

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