Chicago Charity Gets a Hand

June 29, 2012

Chicago Real Estate Forum loves to recognize charitable work and wants to send out a congratulations to one Chicago resident who is making such a big difference in the lives of kids in disadvantaged Chicago neighborhoods that his charity has received an award.

Midnight Velvet, a family owned catalog company that features home decor, among other items, celebrated its 25th anniversary through its first-ever Giving Fabulous Charity Contest. Out of all the entrants, three winners were chosen and each received a $5,000 donation to the charity of their choice.

Victor Junious of Chicago was one of the three winners. He nominated himself and the charity he founded, Imago Dei Ministries, which mentors youth from struggling Chicago communities through such activities as violence prevention seminars, playing sports and choir.

“Overall the organization seeks ways to restore our communities to make them better places to live,” said Junious.

The other two winners:

*Verna Brown, who started The Children’s Table in Bronson, Florida, which provides two million pounds of food a year to people in need.

*Matthew Okebiyi, founder and Executive Director of the African American Planning Commission in Brooklyn, NY., which helps those who are homeless, unemployed or living in abusive relationships.

Each winner will receive $5,000 for their charities. What a wonderful way to celebrate a business milestone.

“We developed this new contest to celebrate and recognize people who inspire change and uplift their communities,” said Ann Bush, Midnight Velvet President.

“For 25 years, we have been celebrating beauty inside and out. We wanted to give back to our customers and the communities they are involved in.”

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