Raising Funds for Innovative Great Lakes Projects

Young Professional Council’s first event, Libations for the Lakes, a big success
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Friends and family of the Alliance’s Young Professional Council gathered to celebrate the group’s first ever fundraiser, held at Patagonia Magnificent Mile last weekend. Flanked by rows of fuzzy fleeces and hiking backpacks, guests mingled, enjoyed spirits and snacks donated from local breweries and restaurants, and celebrated a common cause.

Young Professionals Paying it Forward

The Alliance’s Young Professional Council, which was started in 2016 with one goal in mind: assembling the next generation of Great Lakes leaders and stewards.

The Council, lead by co-chairs Sandy Carter and Katie Hanson, wants to identify and fund community organizations in Chicago that work towards Great Lakes health.

The Young Professional Council just opened their grant application process, which looks for creative, unconventional, and out-of-the-box Great Lakes projects to fund with mini-grants between $500 and $5,000. Funding doesn’t grow on trees, so the Council organized their first-ever fundraiser: Libations for the Lakes.

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Our mission at the Alliance for the Great Lakes is to conserve and restore the world's largest freshwater resource using policy, education and local efforts, ensuring a healthy Great Lakes and clean water for generations of people and wildlife.