Monday, January 11, 2016

Murders & Shootings Are Up 11% in Chicago! BSCO's Bronzeville DreamCenter Will Save Lives

Greetings Friends of Pastor Chris Harris, Bright Star Church & Bright Star Community Outreach, Inc. - 501c3,
I pray this letter finds you and yours doing well. I am writing to extend a very special invitation for you to join me in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Day where BSCO is hosting a community fundraiser in support of the Bronzeville Dream Center (BDC) on Sunday, January 17th, 2016 (3:00pm until 7:00pm) at 115 Bourbon Street located 3359 West 115th St., Merrionette, IL 60803. It is a tremendous philanthropic opportunity for peace-loving people of all faiths and backgrounds, and offers a way to lift your voice in support of our youth in violent Chicago communities.
As you know, since January 2012 more than 1800+ people have been killed in the City of Chicago, not including those who have been shot or wounded. While many ask “why won’t this vicious cycle of violence stop?”, most fail to realize the families of these victims or perpetrators have never received counseling after such traumatic experiences. Though Bright Star Community Outreach has been serving community families for eight years now, the Bronzeville Dream Center (BDC) project began with my trip to Israel. The BDC, inspired by NATAL in Israel, is dedicated to serving Chicago with counseling and other social services aimed at minimizing negative factors that cause violence and increasing protective influences that yield positive outcomes.
We endeavor to focus on five core competencies: counseling, parenting, mentorship, work-force development and advocacy. Its unique model will utilize faith leaders as post-trauma counselors and use community surveys as the basis for services that directly correspond to the unique needs of constituents. Its end-to-end approach offers a replicable, evidenced-based template for risk assessment and program evaluation. It is my hope that many people who have survived nightmares will begin to “dream again.” Although the BDC will sit in Bronzeville, it will serve all Chicagoans and our ultimate goal is to replicate this model across the United States in other traumatized communities.
There are three ways I am asking you to help. 1.) Consider purchasing tickets or donating to our Annual Youth Violence Prevention Fund Raiser. 2.) Consider becoming a Corporate Sponsor for this event and encourage your colleagues to do the same. 3.) Share this invitation with others via email and social media to help save young Chicago lives. Expecially to all my friends who may be out of state or unavailable to attend, please strongly considermaking a donation for the BDC!
I often tell people, SAY Nothing, Until You DO Something About Chicago Violence! So if you have been looking for a way to get involved and help…here it is. PLEASE NOTE: The hyperlinks throughout this email makes everything you need ONE CLICK AWAY and be sure to see the attached links and flier below. Please forgive me if you received this several times.
Pastor Chris Harris& Bright Star Community Outreach
Annual Youth Violence Prevention Fundraiser
in support of the Bronzeville Dream Center
Sunday, January 17, 2016 from
3pm - 4pm VIP Reception
4pm- 7pm General Admission
In Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dave Hollister | American English | Gospel Artists
All You Can Eat Buffet& Unlimited Beverages
Civil Rights Movement Tribute | Silent Auction
The Chance to Save Young Lives!
$100 General Admission- $150 VIP
115 Bourbon Street
The Southwest Side's Largest Entertainment Complex
3359 West 115th Street
Merrionette Park , IL
For More Information or To Purchase Tickets
Please forward to your networks, potential donors
and corporate sponsors

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