On Friday September 23rd, the Midwest Regional office of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF hosted its sixth annual UNICEF Chicago Humanitarian Awards Luncheon, honoring four extraordinary Chicagoans who are contributing locally and internationally to the improvement of children’s lives: Dr. Gary Slutkin, Founder and CEO of Cure Violence (which is a partner of the UNICEF End Violence Against Children global initiative), Thomas Geraghty, Director of the Bluhm Legal Clinic at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Diane Geraghty, Director of Civitas Child Law Center at Loyola University, and Zainab Zeb Khan, President of Muslim American Leadership Alliance and the inaugural recipient of UNICEF’s Next Generation Humanitarian Award.
This year’s luncheon saw over 400 guests, and raised more than $85,000 for UNICEF’s lifesaving programs that put children first. Attendees also heard a keynote address from Lorraine Shamalla-Hannah, a UNICEF Polio Training Specialist, who supports the training of frontline health workers.
Elizabeth McCostlin, Managing Director of the Midwest Region shared, “It’s incredible to see our fellow Chicagoans doing such extraordinary work for children – both here in our city, and around the world. This events shines a light on real examples of putting children first, while celebrating UNICEF’s lifesaving global impact with friends, partners and supporters.”
UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization. This year, UNICEF is celebrating 70 years of working to put children first – each and every child, no matter where they live.
Photos from the event can be viewed here.

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