Chicago Ad Community Gathers for Annual Off the Street Club Luncheon


By The Chicago Egotist / /

Leaders of the Chicago advertising industry came together yesterday at its 118th annual luncheon celebration and fund raising effort for Chicago’s Off the Street Club,  to hear first hand from some of the children how their support has helped over the years.

The audience of ad leaders was moved to tears and standing ovations from the stories told by the young children about how Off the Street Club has literally saved their lives. This year’s event was organized by Ogilvy Chicago led by Cathy Francque and Michelle Anderson.

Off the Street Club was founded in 1900 and is Chicago’s oldest boys and girls club. It currently serves more than 3,000 kids in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the country, West Garfield Park. It has long been supported by the the Chicago advertising, marketing and media community.

“The Off the Street Club Holiday Luncheon has been an outstanding success story,” wrote Arnett Morris Executive Director, in this year’s event program. “This year, the funds raised by the 118th Annual Off The Street Club Holiday Luncheon will provide the educational, social and recreational programs that so many inner-city children count on throughout the entire year.”

At yesterday’s luncheon, Executive Director Ralph Campagna received a standing ovation in recognition of his lifelong work with the group and his return to the stage after a devastating accident two years ago.

As evidence of the event’s embrace by the ad community, Campagna thanked Ogilvy for this year’s leadership and noted that the group has Havas signed up for next year and Digitas for the following year. DDB shouted from the audience that it would take leadership after that.


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