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Chicago Financial Communities raise over $670K for local charities at Hedge Funds Care Gala

New York (HedgeCo.Net) – On May 8, the Midwest financial community gathered at the 12th Annual Midwest “Open Your Heart to the Children” Benefit organized by Hedge Funds Care/Help For Children (HFC). The event raised over $670,000, which will be distributed to local Midwest charities that work to prevent and treat child abuse through HFC’s rigorous granting process, which is widely recognized as the best in the field.

A highlight of the Chicago social calendar, the Benefit brings together the hedge fund, proprietary trading, private equity, and venture capital communities to provide direct support for local Chicago charities that prevent and treat child abuse. Edward Haravon of Spot Trading and Benji Wolken of Ernst & Young LLP are this year’s Midwest Committee of Hearts Co-Chairs.

The 5th Annual Kelly Lively Award for outstanding commitment to the prevention and treatment of child abuse was presented to Sheffield Asset Management, L.L.C. Managing Member Brian Feltzin said, “We are honored to be recognized by Hedge Funds Care, and it is with much humility and gratitude that we accept the Kelly Lively Memorial award. On behalf of all my colleagues at Sheffield, we would especially like to congratulate our partner Amy Rosenow. This award pays tribute to her many years of dedication and hard work and it is with great pleasure that we celebrate her commitment to this important cause.” Michael Elrad Senior Managing Partner of GEM Realty Capital, the 2013 Kelly Lively Award honoree, presented this prestigious award. Top executives from other lead event sponsors including Grosvenor Capital Management, Mesirow Financial, Aurora Capital Management, Citadel, Deloitte, Ernst & Young LLP, Sidley Austin LLP, Spot Trading L.L.C., DLA Piper LLC, and CBOE also attended.

“In its most recent grant making year Hedge Funds Care/Help For Children supported service to over 50,000 people, including many in the Midwest,” said Dr. Kathryn Conroy, Executive Director and CEO of HFC. “By attending and sponsoring the Midwest benefit, the financial and business community further empower the vital work of our local grantees in the areas of prevention, interventions, research, advocacy and training.” Committee co-chair Ed Haravon said “It is an honor for us to be allied with the life-changing support that our grantee organizations deliver to the community each and every day.” Committee co-chair Benji Wolken added “We are also thankful for all of the fundraising effort and support that our Committee of Hearts members have provided throughout the year toward the Benefit.”

Current Midwest grantees include Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Casa Central Social Services, Chicago Child Care Society, Children’s Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County, Children’s Research Triangle (CRT), Community Counseling Centers of Chicago, The Family Defense Center, Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery, Juvenile Protective Association, La Rabida Children’s Hospital, North American Alliance of Child Helplines / BeCause Foundation, Teen Parent Connection, The Thresholds, and Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights.

About Hedge Funds Care/Help For Children

Hedge Funds Care/Help For Children (www.HFC.org) is an international charity dedicated to funding programs focused on preventing and treating child abuse. Since its inception in 1998, Hedge Funds Care has awarded over 1,000 grants totaling $37 million. Hedge Funds Care/Help For Children is the only grant making public charity that focuses exclusively on funding this cause. Funds for HFC are also raised through events in more than 11 cities in the US, the UK, Ireland, Canada, and Cayman Islands, and granted to community organizations addressing this issue. It is sustained in large part by its most significant global sponsors, including the following: Ernst & Young, BDO, Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, KPMG, Rothstein Kass, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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