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Veterans to Benefit from $25,000 Award in Blackman Kallick Plante Moran Chicago Community Champions Contest

The Great Books Foundation, a Chicago-area educational organization, will use award to promote learning and community camaraderie for military veterans and their families

CHICAGO – Blackman Kallick Plante Moran, the newly merged sixth largest accounting firm in Chicago, today announced that The Great Books Foundation (GBF) won the $25,000 Chicago Community Champions contest award by receiving the most online votes in the final round.

The Great Books Foundation will use the Chicago Community Champions donation to develop a series of discussion programs for returning veterans and their families at community centers in the Chicago area and for a documentary film that captures the participants' shared experience of these discussions. 

"We are proud of the excitement that was generated by this contest and the attention that its participants and their causes have received throughout the last few weeks,” said Steve Schneider, managing partner and leader of the newly-merged Blackman Kallick Plante Moran offices in downtown Chicago. “There are many well-deserving not-for-profits in the Chicago area. We are honored to give The Great Books Foundation this award to increase awareness and support for the hard-working members of our U.S. military."

The Great Books Foundation's program, Veterans are Community Champions, will invite returning veterans and their families to participate in discussions of literature that focuses on their concerns and aspirations. The documentary will show others how to start and sustain similar programs in their own communities.         

“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 something of value back 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 started with 91 Chicago-area participating organizations and after three rounds, The Great Books Foundation received the most number of online votes to win the $25,000 donation. To view the complete list of participating organizations and final standings from the previous three rounds of voting, visit the Plante Moran Facebook page.


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