Harrier Meyer, a fearless advocate for young children, former president of Ounce of Prevention Fund and co-chair of the Illinois Early Learning Council, will be honored at the Facets Screen Gems Benefit on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at the Arts Club of Chicago, 201 East Ontario Street, Chicago. The benefit raises funds for the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival and Facets’ year-round educational programs for children and youth.
The Benefit is co-chaired by Curt and Lisa Bailey, Mitchell Cobey, Doris Conant, and Michael McPherson, and supported by a committee that includes Diana and Bruce Rauner, Family Focus founder Bernice Weissbourd, Billie Adams, M.D., Cornelia Grumman and James Warren, Lisa Yun Lee and Bonnie and Martin Oberman. The emcee for the Benefit is Chicago Tribune and WGN’s Rick Kogan.
Harriet Meyer’s lifetime of achievement includes her leadership of the fight to bring early learning, healthy family life and affordable access to children most-at-risk, to create the nation’s Early Headstart, and Illinois’ Pre-School-for-All program.
Harriet’s leadership highlights Facets’ 40-year focus on revolutionizing learning and public discourse through film, with a significant and growing roster of programs for pre-school children. Funds raised at this year’s Facets Screen Gems will support scholarship tickets to the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, documentary filmmaking immersion for at-risk middle-school students, science and math-inspired animation and coding workshops, and the No Bullies, Please! Program in which children use film to resolve conflict before it starts. Over 550,000 children are graduates of Facets’ programs for children and youth.
The May 4 evening at the Arts Club starts with a reception, followed by the presentation of the Facets Award to Harriet Meyer and dinner. Tickets start at $500 and are available HERE