Join us on June 8, 2023 for The Boulevard's annual fundraiser - this year, we're meeting in person!

A Celebration of Home and Healing

  Jun 08, 2023

Join us on Thursday, June 8, 2023 for a Celebration of Home & Healing!

University Club of Chicago
75 E Monroe · Chicago, IL 60603
12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

The Boulevard Helps Those in Need and You Can Help!

The Boulevard exists to serve ill and injured homeless adults with medical respite care, holistic support, and housing services to restore their health and rebuild their lives. Proceeds from our Luncheon fundraiser will directly support the many valuable programs and services we provide to those in need. We need your help to raise awareness and support for our mission and to ensure a successful event.

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The Boulevard's 2023 Luncheon fundraiser will feature keynote speaker Dr. Jim O'Connell, one of the leading founders of medical respite care for the homeless. Dr. O'Connell was recently featured in The New York Times Magazine's cover article - read it here.

Jim O’Connell, MD, serves as the President of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. O’Connell received his medical degree from Harvard University in 1982 and completed residency in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. In 1985, he began full-time clinical work with homeless individuals as the founding physician of the program. He established the nation’s first medical respite program in 1985, with 25 beds nested within the Lemuel Shattuck Shelter. 

Working with the MGH Laboratory of Computer Science, Dr. O’Connell designed and implemented the nation’s first computerized medical record for a homeless program. Dr. O'Connell has also served as the National Program Director of the Homeless Families Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  

Join us as we honor The Pierce Family Foundation with the Enhancing Lives Award for their continued support of The Boulevard's mission and their larger work on behalf of the homeless community. 

Founded in 2008, the Pierce Family Foundation supports nonprofit organizations providing essential social services and opportunities for people experiencing homelessness. They primarily support organizations in the City of Chicago with unrestricted general operating grants and practice the principles of trust-based philanthropy. The Pierce Family Foundation has been one of The Boulevard’s most outstanding funding partners for the last 15 years.

The Enhancing Lives Award has been established to recognize those who are making significant contributions to enhancing the lives of individuals living in underserved communities. This award has been created to acknowledge those who are making exceptional efforts to increase opportunities and eliminate disparities in the areas of health, education, employment and housing.

Thank You To Our Sponsors!

Platinum Sponsors

Christy and Randy Weimer

Gold Sponsors

Joanna and Daniel Arras
Elaine Cue

Silver Sponsors

Judy T. Lindsey
Julia Pearson and Jen Minke

Denis and Martha Pierce

Bronze Sponsors

Trey Gonzales and Kip Helverson
Tom and Margie Hurwich

Mary and Stan Jaworski
Jeremy and Melissa Stump

Friends of The Boulevard

Gibraltar Corporation | Michael and Sharon Shapiro
Keystone Property Group | Marc and Claudia Rash

S. Wolf and Associates

David and Elizabeth Zott

Questions? Contact Sydney Edens at

View last year's Virtual Gala here!