Comer Education Campus is anchored by Gary Comer Youth Center, Gary Comer Middle School, and Gary Comer College Prep.

Annual Benefit Luncheon was a huge success!

Gcyc Benefit Event Page

Over 400 guests attended our Annual Benefit Luncheon

Over 400 guests attended the celebration to advance our mission of academics, enrichment and college success for Chicago's youth. Comer alumnus, Arnesia Banks BA '16 Boston College, energized the audience with her inspirational message. She was followed by former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan who shared his passion for improving the lives of young people.

Featured Speaker: Arne Duncan

As managing partner at Emerson Collective, former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan returns to Chicago on a mission to improve the lives of young adults in his hometown. Through partnerships with local business leaders, community organizers, and nonprofit groups, Duncan aims to create job and life opportunities for disconnected youth between the ages of 17 and 24.

Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Duncan served as chief executive officer of Chicago Public Schools. From 2001 to 2008, Duncan won praise for uniting the city’s stakeholders behind an education agenda that included opening 100 new schools; expanding after-school, summer learning, early childhood, and college access programs; dramatically boosting the caliber of teachers; and building public-private partnerships around a variety of education initiatives. Duncan graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1987, majoring in sociology. At Harvard he served as co-captain of the basketball team and was named a first team Academic All-American.

Emerson Collective is an organization dedicated to removing barriers to opportunity so people can live to their full potential. Established by Laurene Powell Jobs, Emerson Collective centers its work on education, immigration reform, the environment and other social justice initiatives.

Thank you to our Sponsors


Comer Family Foundation 


Berbee Walsh Foundation
Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Foundation
Silvio B. Troianello Trust & The Koropp Family


The Rooney Family
The Rosenfield Family


Beverly Bank & Trust Company
BMO Harris Bank
GCM Grosvenor
Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation
Fred A. Krehbiel
Krehbiel Family Foundation
Urban Partnership Bank


Ariel Investments, LLC
Bernstein Private Wealth Management
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
Mark & Margot Bowen
Guy & Courtney Comer
Rob Craigie & Stephanie Comer
Craig J. Duchossois
Harris Family Foundation
The Hummer Family
IT Resource, Inc.
John & Jeanette Kinsella
Loeb & Loeb LLP
McClain & Canoy, LLC
Merit Advisors
The PrivateBank
Richard & Ella Strubel
William Wolf & Meredith Bluhm-Wolf


The Howard B. Bernick Foundation
Peter & Kathy Bresler 
Steve & Elizabeth Brodsky
Dollard & Beth Carey 
Easton Homes 
Eichrom Technologies LLC
Adrian Foster
High Voltage Software
Sedia Systems
Gordon Hannon
Irving Harris Foundation
Bill & Jan Jentes
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Michael J. Kerrigan
Leadership Greater Chicago Class of 2008
Cheryl Lulias
Norman & Marci Malter
Laura Milani
James & Carol Mooney
John & Mary Mooney
John Ronan Architects
Morgan Stanley Neal
Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
Norcon, Inc.
Ruth Ann Phillips
John & Grace Poe
Christine Raguso
Joe & Jay Scoby
Sherwin Lake Group
Bonnie Shifrin 
Singlewire Software
Gerold & Caryn Skurnick
Verna Stovall
Van Nice Foundation
Don Weiss