President's Reception

Celebrating the contributions 
of our supporters.

Celebrating the contributions
of our supporters.

President's Appreciation Reception

Thank you to all whom attended our annual President’s Appreciation Reception on June 12th. Hosted by Raymond E. Crossman, Ph.D., President of Adler University, this special event provided an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of our generous donors and volunteers. Dr. Crossman said, “We have alumni, friends, partners, foundations, corporations, trustees, faculty, staff and students in the room – all of whom make up the Adler University community. Without each and every member of this community supporting our work, Adler University would not be where we are today. Your impact is tremendous.”

A highlight of the evening was a special presentation of the 2014 Community Leadership Award to The Field Foundation and Executive Director & Treasurer Aurie A. Pennick. Adler University’s Community Leadership Award celebrates the commitment that an individual or organization has made to the Chicagoland community. The inaugural award was presented last year to State Senator Mattie Hunter, for her dedication to the communities in the third district.

Since 1961, the Field Foundation has responded to the changing needs of our community, continuing to support Chicago's institutions as well as a diverse range of community based efforts. Their focus is primarily on underserved and disadvantaged individuals and populations, who Adler University has committed to serving for more than 60 years. Aurie Pennick is a longtime friend of Adler University; she formerly held a seat on our Board of Trustees. A Chicago native, Aurie is an attorney with an extensive background in the nonprofit and public sector who has received numerous public service and philanthropic awards. Today, she oversees the Foundation’s more than $60 million in assets and $2 million annually in grant distributions made to Chicagoland organizations working in areas such as community welfare, education, violence prevention, health and environment.

Attendees also had the pleasure of hearing remarks from Tiffany McDowell, Ph.D., Executive Director of Adler University Institute on Social Exclusion, who spoke to Field’s work in the community. Dr. McDowell also introduced three speakers who highlighted the tremendous impact The Field Foundation has had not only upon Adler University, but also upon just a few of many organizations in the Chicagoland community:

  • Tanya Mance, M.A. '12, who trained at Precious Blood Ministries in the Englewood Boys Gun Violence Prevention Program funded by the Field Foundation
  • Tim Devitt, Psy.D. '06, VP Clinical Operations at Thresholds, which has benefitted from 17 grants from the Field Foundation in the past 40 years and hosts several Adler University interns each year
  • Elena Quintana, Ph.D., Executive Director of Adler University Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice, who spoke on the Field Foundation’s support of restorative justice initiatives in Chicagoland, including that of Community Justice for Youth Institute, an Adler University partner

Adler University is grateful for the continued support and involvement of our donors and volunteers. To make a donation today, please visit our secure online giving page. Or, learn more about volunteering for Adler University.

To view photos from our 2014 reception, visit our Flickr album.