Breakthru IL Partners with BUILD Inc. to Give Back

May 8, 2017

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Having been engrained in Chicago’s communities for more than 70 years, Breakthru Beverage Illinois is passionate about donating time and resources to the neighborhoods in which we work, live and play. Founded on those principles is our Illinois One Voice Committee whose mission is to provide a platform in which to inspire and promote engagement with our associates while giving back to our communities.

This year, we have chosen BUILD Chicago as a charity preferred partner. BUILD’s mission is to engage at-risk youth in the schools and on the streets of Chicago, so that they can realize their educational and career potential, and contribute to the stability, safety and wellbeing of our communities. Partnering with BUILD not only aligns with Breakthru’s mission to be a force for good in our communities, but it’s also an organization in which our leadership is deeply invested. “From the moment I walked through the door, it was overwhelmingly apparent how invested every stakeholder was in the future of these young people, and I knew immediately this was an organization that Breakthru should be involved with,” said Danny Wirtz, Breakthru Beverage Group Vice-Chairman.

Already this year Breakthru IL has participated in events with BUILD including art shows, ice skating at the Bobby Hull Community Ice Rink and a Youth Innovation Conference that featured youth-led workshops, discussions and demonstrations for young people in Chicago.

Our next big event will be the Summer of Opportunity, a community celebration in which we’re partnering with BUILD to kick the summer off by connecting young people to positive activities, summer jobs and the necessary resources to have a safe and successful summer.

The Summer of Opportunity will take place June 23rd in the Austin neighborhood, and will include a short “Parade for Peace” and a celebration in Columbus Park. June 23rd marks the end of the school year and the beginning of the summer, which is a very vulnerable time for our city’s youth.  With this event, we hope to raise awareness and support for combatting Chicago’s youth violence, and to empower our city to advocate for change. If you’d like to join us in supporting this mission and to help make the Summer of Opportunity a success, please follow this link to make a donation.

Breakthru Beverage Illinois and the Illinois One Voice Committee are proud to stand up for summer as a time for fun, friendships and hope. We’re excited to continue this impactful partnership with BUILD and to continue to help enrich our communities moving forward. 


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