Chicago Training Center Nov 10 Gala For At-Risk Inner City Youth Draws World-Class Speakers & Congressional Support: Hear U.S. Olympian Aquil Abdullah, Casey Foundation Fellow Azim Ramelize and Chicago Board of Ed Specialist Gregory Sain & Support Chicago's Kids

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The Chicago Training Center (CTC), an Illinois not-for-profit 501(C)(3) corporation (http://www.chicagotrainingcenter.org), celebrates its premier 2007 Gala Event "The Future of Rowing" for at-risk area youth with a fundraiser at Chicago South Shore Cultural Center on Saturday, November 10th from 7-11:00 PM. (tinyurl.com/2tpdw4)

As Congressman Davis points out, in addition to After School Matters (ASM), Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the UIC Human Performance Lab, CTC has on-going support from US Rowing, Office of the Mayor, the faith-based community, Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Chicago's 2016, World Sport Chicago, and local Ivy League and Oxford and Cambridge alumni

    Gala keynote speakers:

-- First African-American male rower to participate in the Olympics and author of 'Perfect Balance', Aquil Abdullah

-- Annie E. Casey Foundation Children & Family Fellow and Assistant Commissioner for Chicago's Department of Children and Youth Services, Azim Ramelize

-- Support Specialist for the Chicago Board of Education and Regional Director & Recipient of the African American Male Empowerment Summit Award, Gregory Sain

In its inaugural year, the CTC has enjoyed the support of many accomplished organizations and people - including US Congressman Danny K. Davis of Illinois.

According to CTC Director Montana Butsch, the organization has achieved remarkable results thanks to corporate sponsorships like Goldberg Kohn and community involvement: "As Congressman Davis points out, in addition to After School Matters (ASM), Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the UIC Human Performance Lab, CTC has on-going support from US Rowing, Office of the Mayor, the faith-based community, Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Chicago's 2016, World Sport Chicago, and local Ivy League and Oxford and Cambridge alumni," says Butsch.

Your Chance For Fun Philanthropy

Anyone interested in supporting the CTC program for at-risk Chicago public school students should attend the "The Future of Rowing" Benefit Gala at The South Shore Cultural Center 7059 South Shore Drive. For more on this evening of cocktails, food, music and live auction visit: http://www.chicagotrainingcenter.org/gala.

About Chicago Training Center

The Chicago Training Center (CTC) is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation begun by Chicago native and competitive rower, Montana Butsch. CTC's objective is to create an inner city community-rowing center with access to the Chicago River where local youth can benefit from rowing competitively. Supported by the at-large community, the Center is based on existing successful models abroad as well as in US cities. For more: http://www.chicagotrainingcenter.org

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