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Blackman Kallick Plante Moran Presents $25,000 to its Chicago Community Champions Contest Winner, The Great Books Foundation

Donation supports local military veterans returning from service and their families

CHICAGO – Blackman Kallick Plante Moran, the newly-merged sixth largest accounting firm in Chicago, today announced that it presented a $25,000 check to The Great Books Foundation (GBF) in Chicago on September 11.

With the donation, GBF will develop an ongoing series of discussion programs for veterans returning from service and their families at community centers throughout the Chicago area. Additionally, the discussion series will be captured in a documentary film to encourage other communities to conduct similar outreach and programs for veterans. 

"It is an honor to support GBF's initiatives to help military veterans readjust to civilian life and engage with their local communities,” said Steve Schneider, partner and leader of the newly-merged Blackman Kallick Plante Moran offices in downtown Chicago. “We are pleased about the excitement generated by the Chicago Community Champions contest and the attention garnered for the participants and their missions.”

To win the award, GBF earned the most votes in Blackman Kallick Plante Moran's Chicago Community Champions contest, which started with 91 not-for-profit organizations and included three online voting rounds. Blackman Kallick Plante Moran is rewarding each of the nine runner-ups with a pizza party, valued at $250, to celebrate the hard work of their staff and volunteers in getting more than 300,000 votes in the final round of voting.

"My colleagues and I are very grateful for the support this donation will give to our work in the Chicago area as part of the Great Books Foundation's wider national veterans’ initiative. We hope that the Veterans Are Community Champions program will inspire others to extend our work and give back something of value to our returning servicemen and women,” said Donald H. Whitfield, Director of Great Books Discussions, the adult education division of the Great Books Foundation.

Founded in 1947, the Chicago-based Great Books Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that helps people of all ages live more reflective and civically engaged lives through reading and group discussions of outstanding literature. Hundreds of thousands of students and adult learners are involved in Great Books programs each year.

The Chicago Community Champions contest was launched to emphasize the newly-merged accounting firm Blackman Kallick Plante Moran's continued commitment to the local community. To view photos of the event, the complete list of participating organizations and final standings from all rounds of voting, visit the Plante Moran Facebook page.

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