Chicago/Twin Cities

To date, Help For Children Chicago has distributed 205 grants totaling over $7 million. The Committee of Hearts, founded in 2002 by Elizabeth Foster of Kilkenny Capital Management LLC, has strong partnerships within the alternative investment industry and, with their support, has made a demonstrable difference in the lives of children and families in the Chicago region.  

The Committee of Hearts was joined in 2005 by the Committee of Hope, founded by Jennifer Edgcomb of GEM Realty Capital, as a way for rising industry professionals and their peers to contribute to the HFC mission. In joining forces, these two groups created an even larger contribution to local organizations that are dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse.

The Committee of Hearts holds an eagerly awaited benefit every May in Chicago.  The Committee of Hope holds several events throughout the year, including a craft beer event in the fall and a trivia event each winter. 

The Twin Cities Committee was founded in 2007 and broadens the reach of our mission in the Midwest.  Dedicated to making a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children in the Twin Cities area, the committee holds several events a year.  They look forward to expanding their ability to support children in need in their metropolitan area.

May 3, 2017, 5:30 p.m.

Chicago Benefit

Hedge Funds Care

Sponsors & Benefactors


  • Chicago Committee of Hearts
    • Jennifer Edgcomb, Chair, GEM Realty Capital;
    • Ed Haravon, Chair, Spot Trading LLC;
    • Travis Alexander, Mesirow Financial;
    • Danny Altschul, Baker Tilly;
    • Robert Benvenuto, JLT Specialty Insurance Services;
    • Jeff Blumberg, Faegre Baker Daniels;
    • Brian Chapin, KPMG;
    • Christine DeMasi, Advisory Research;
    • Emily Deter, RiverNorth Capital Management;
    • Angie DiCarlo, Citadel;
    • Shelley Elson-Roza;
    • Rebecca Emery, Bloomberg;
    • Jennifer Flandina, Deutsche Bank;
    • Mark Flippen, JLT Specialty Insurance Services;
    • Ed Foreman, PwC;
    • Elizabeth Foster, Kilkenny Capital Management;
    • Keith Friedman, GCM Grosvenor;
    • Noah Ginsburg, McGladrey;
    • Basil Godellas, Winston & Strawn;
    • Robert Goldbaum, Backstop Solutions Group;
    • Michael Gray, Neal Gerber Eisenberg;
    • Diane Hettwer, CBOE;
    • Betsy Kadlec, UBS O'Connor;
    • Matthew Koenig, Ernst & Young;
    • Melinda Kramer, KloudVentures;
    • Joshua Leavitt, JHL Capital Group;
    • Bill Lynn, Associated Options;
    • Ryan Maki, Morgan Stanley;
    • Michael McGinn, JLT Specialty Insurance Services;
    • David Morris, Fox, Swibel, Levin & Carroll;
    • Erica Nelson, Deloitte;
    • Wesley Nissen, DLA Piper;
    • Kristin Norton, 50 South Capital;
    • Neal Parikh, Licarr;
    • Andrew Raby, Drinker Biddle & Reath;
    • Amy Rosenow, Sheffield Asset Management;
    • Greg Schwieder, Phalanx;
    • Lindsey Sine, Goldman Sachs;
    • Dan Usalis, Deloitte;
    • Daniel Weil, Mesirow Financial;
    • Joe Wiggins, PwC;
    • Stacy Witcher, Ernst & Young;
    • Benji Wolken, Ernst & Young;
    • Kristin Wood, Balyasny Asset Management;
    • Lance Zinman, Katten Muchin Rosenman;
  • Chicago Committee of Hope
    • Ashley Hall, Chair, KPMG;
    • Kate MacIntosh, Chair, GCM Grosvenor;
    • Brian Seested, Chair, Ernst & Young;
    • Samantha Buell, SG Americas;
    • Richard Chang, PwC;
    • Laura Cook, Tuscan Ridge Asset Management;
    • Brian Dodson, PwC;
    • Emily Dominski, GEM Realty Capital;
    • Cathy Ficek, SSA & Company;
    • Brad Fleming, Ernst & Young;
    • Lauren Foley, Bloomberg;
    • Rachel Goldrick, Golub Captial;
    • Jenn Head, UBS O'Connor;
    • Tomer Konstantin, Booth School of Business;
    • Curt Lawhorn, DiMeo Schneider;
    • Nada Litwin, Fox, Hefter, Swibel, Levin & Carroll, LLP;
    • Mike MacIntosh, Citadel;
    • Matt McClain, J.P. Morgan;
    • Susan Merrill, Citadel;
    • Stephen Misner, GCM Grosvenor;
    • Patrick Mulkern, Citco;
    • Blake Nielsen, Enfusion Systems;
    • Maren Pederson, Magnetar Capital;
    • Blake Rasing, Deloitte;
    • Nicki Schumacher, KPMG;
    • Bethany Scott, Deloitte;
    • Tomas Sutrinaitis, J.P. Morgan;
    • Chris Wade, PwC;
    • Jeff Wloszek, Northern Trust;
  • Twin Cities Committee of Hearts
    • Joe McCarney, Chair, Ernst & Young;
    • Amy Anderson, Triple Tree;
    • Colleen Anderson, KPMG;
    • Valbona Bushi, PwC;
    • Maren Lapham, Pine River Capital Management;
    • Pavol Polacik, Ernst & Young;
    • Peter Thompson;
    • Michelle Tressel, Black River Asset Management;
    • Matthew Westendorf, PwC;

Brighton Park Neighborhood Council

USD $23,000

Cabrini Green Legal Aid

USD $37,000

Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center

USD $25,000

Children’s Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County

USD $20,000

Children’s Research Triangle

USD $33,000

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Cook County

USD $37,000

The Family Defense Center

USD $17,000

Hephzibah Children’s Association

USD $27,500

International Organization for Adolescents (IOFA)

USD $40,000

Juvenile Protective Association

USD $40,000

Lawrence Hall Youth Services

USD $37,000

Lydia Home Association

USD $37,000

Primo Center for Women and Children

USD $35,000

Teen Parent Connection

USD $27,500


USD $23,000

Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights c/o Tides Center

USD $40,000

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