Mellody Hobson

After School Matters Gala funds programs for teens

After School Matters Gala funds programs for teens

After School Matters celebrated 25 years of providing after-school and summer programming for Chicago teens with its annual gala Sept. 19 at Navy Pier. Presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, the event attracted over 1,000 civic, corporate and community leaders and featured a showcase of talent from 250 of the 10,500 teens who participated in the programs this past summer.

The evening began with a reception on Lakeview Terrace, where ASM teens displayed and sold the work they had created over the summer. The gallery featured a variety of drawings, paintings, glassworks, photography, prints, jewelry and more. Interactive exhibits highlighted teens' skills in...

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