A fundraising event for Inspiration Corporation will be held in Kasbeer Hall, on December 4, from 7-9 p.m.

Inspiration Corporation is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide occupational skills training to homeless individuals who are trying to get back on their feet. One focal point of their mission is to professionally train their participants to cook and help them get jobs in their organization’s restaurant, Inspiration Kitchen, or other restaurants like Mastro’s Steakhouse.

Spawning from an assignment for Professor Herb Ritchell’s Public Service Communication course (COMM 320), students were asked to work with a local nonprofit and deliver a communication plan for them. A team of Loyola students wanted to go above and beyond by doing an actual fundraiser during the time of the course.

“I was drawn to Inspiration Corporation after attending a fundraiser of theirs in early September. That’s where I met Neal Kulick, who is the president of the board at Inspiration Corporation,” says Zach Zimmerman, an advertising and public relations major and a key member in the fundraising team. “He seemed interested in what I had in mind, so we pretty much ran with them since that conversation!”

The team of students has been working with Mindy Neveaux and Diane Pascal over the past few months to orchestrate the event. They are hoping to raise funds for Inspiration Corporation by holding this charity event at Loyola, which features cooking demonstrations, an open bar, a silent auction, and a raffle.

“The event involves all aspects of what we’ve learned as AD/PR students,” explains Zimmerman. “We feel that we really stayed true to the mission of the course – to get involved in our community and deliver meaningful results to our nonprofit.”

To go along with the rest of the charity event, the group will hold a canned food drive, and participants will get a raffle ticket for each can they donate. Beer and wine will be furnished by House of Glunz and prizes will be furnished by EpicBurger, Ridge Vineyards, Metropolis Coffee Company, Starbucks, and many more.

Professors like Stacy Neier and Herb Ritchell have been instrumental in generating interest in the event throughout the Loyola community, and the dean of the School of Communication, Don Heider, donated $100 for refreshments at the event.

“It would be a good testament to our hard work if we could raise a few thousand dollars for them,” says Zimmerman. “This is a pretty incredible cause, and it’s great to be part of such a well-organized nonprofit organization.”

If you’re interested in attending, ticket prices vary, and it is suggested that you purchase your tickets in advance: Student Advance Tickets: $10; Faculty Advance Tickets: $15; General Public Tickets: $20. Tickets purchased the day of the event will be $20 for everyone.

If you are willing to help sponsor the event, donate raffle items,  or for more information, please contact Zach Zimmerman at zzimmerman@luc.edu.