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Put Your Ideas “On the Table” with Groupon and The Chicago Community Trust
|By Business Wire
|May 5, 2014 10:34 AM EDT
Groupon announced today that it will partner with The Chicago Community
Trust to engage Chicago-area residents in mealtime conversations on
making our communities stronger, safer and more dynamic. The initiative,
which commemorates the Trust’s 99th anniversary, is called On the
Table and aspires to bring more than 10,000 Chicagoans together on
Monday, May 12 to generate new ideas, inspire bold solutions and
cultivate collaborations to improve communities throughout Chicago and
the surrounding area.
Specifically, Groupon will offer interested participants the opportunity
to purchase a deal to dine at 8- to 10-person community tables on May 12
at the following restaurants:
Bin 36 at 339 N. Dearborn Street: $55 per person at 7 p.m.
Cafe Absinthe at 1954 W. North Avenue: $55 per person at 7 p.m.
MK at 868 N. Franklin Street: $55 per person at 6:30 p.m.
Piece Pizza at 1927 W. North Avenue: $25 per person at 7 p.m.
Ras Dashen Ethiopian Restaurant at 5846 N. Broadway Street: $25 per
person at 6:30 p.m.
Carson’s River North at 612 N. Wells Street: $55 per person at 7 p.m.
Ethiopian Diamond Restaurant at 7537 N. Clark Street: $55 per person
at 7 p.m.
Café des Architectes at 20 E. Chestnut Street: $55 per person at 7 p.m.
To join a community table, simply search “#OnTheTable2014” on Groupon or
beginning today to reserve your spot for May 12. Representatives from
the Social Enterprise Alliance - Chicago, an organization that leverages
its members to advance social change through their for-profit and
nonprofit work, will serve as a Groupon-sponsored host at each table to
help guide the conversation. At MK, Lisa Kornick, owner, will lead the
“As a company born and raised in Chicago, Groupon is delighted to
support The Chicago Community Trust's On The Table initiative,”
said Brad Keywell, Groupon board member and co-founder. “Getting people
to band together around our local community has always been at Groupon's
core and holding these conversations over dinner at a local restaurant
makes perfect sense."
“The Trust has been inspired by thousands of Chicagoans who have shown
interest in hosting and attending the On the Table mealtime
conversations to promote meaningful discussion about the collective
future of our communities,” said Terry Mazany, president and CEO of The
Chicago Community Trust. “We are thrilled to work with Groupon and the
Social Enterprise Alliance to bring even more voices to the table.”
"Our partnership with Groupon is a shining example of how diverse
business models can come together to create meaningful social impact,”
said Stephanie Piccirilli Wernet, director, SEA-Chicago Board. “Working
together allows us to touch, move and inspire our communities on a
larger scale – building more bridges and producing more change-making
Following the event, On the Table participants will receive a
simple email survey to share insights about their participation in this
project, the interesting ideas they discussed and how this experience
may influence their civic engagement moving forward.
To reserve a spot at an On the Table community table on May
12, search “#OnTheTable2014” on www.groupon.com.
To learn more about The Chicago Community Trust and On the Table,
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About The Chicago Community Trust
Chicago Community Trust, our region’s community foundation, partners
with donors to leverage their philanthropy in ways that transform lives
and communities. The Trust, together with its donors, granted more than
$161 million in 2013 to nonprofits working to develop new audiences to
sustain the region’s vibrant arts organizations, protect the human
services safety net for those hardest hit by the recession, stem the
devastating effects of foreclosures on our neighborhoods, elevate
teaching to meet world-class standards and improve conditions for
healthy and active lifestyles. By connecting the generosity of donors
with the needs of the community, the Trust ensures that our region
thrives today and for future generations.
About Social Enterprise Alliance- Chicago
Social Enterprise Alliance, Chicago Chapter (SEA-Chicago) is a
membership organization that empowers its for-profit and non-profit
members to scale their impact through opportunities of Education,
Inspiration, Access and Connection. SEA-Chicago advances the practice of
social enterprise throughout the State of Illinois and in the
surrounding states of Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Indiana and Michigan.
Our membership is comprised of entrepreneurs and leaders of
social-purpose businesses, professionals from academia, business
consulting, the legal field, social capital investors, philanthropists,
public policy wonks and others who support the use of market-based
strategies to advance social change.
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