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Membership offers leadership and volunteer opportunities, exclusive networking events with our board and staff, and the chance for name and company recognition on our website and event materials.

The CELC also hosts and plans one of Chicago Commons’ signature fundraising events, “Pour Out Your Heart.”

General Membership Requirements

CELC members must meet all general requirements during each membership season (January – December), as outlined below for overall effectiveness and impact.

  • $500 annual give-or-get fundraising requirement
  • Participate in one volunteer opportunity and one major event for Chicago Commons
  • Attend monthly CELC meetings      
  • Attend event planning meetings for “Pour Out Your Heart”
  • Raise $500 for Chicago Commons through individual efforts
  • Any donation made to Chicago Commons 
  • Secure in-kind donations of meeting space, food, or beverages for meetings (value of donation)
  • Recruiting guests to fundraising events
  • Securing ticket sales, auction items, sponsorships, or in-kind donations (value of donation, tickets sold, etc.)
How to apply

We appreciate your interest in joining the Commons Emerging Leaders Council. After completing your application, you will hear from a representative within a few business days.

Meet our current CELC Members

Sharon Moy – Chair
Evans Debeza – Vice Chair
Ashlyne Wilson
Alex Kapustka
Katheryn Meagher
Jessica Newman
Kanav Bhatheja
Laura Lopez
Sam Lincoln
Clint Mefford
Chelsea D. Mills Buckner
Jaime Rehm
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