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MEDIA CONTACT
SEAN M. MACCREADY, CFRE
Vice President, External Affairs
sean@horizons-for-youth.org
(312) 627-9031, ext. 103

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AUDREY GEORGE
Chief Executive Officer
Audrey has led Horizons for Youth since 1999, overseeing growth from 42 students to 250, and staff from 2 to 17. Before Horizons for Youth, Audrey held positions at the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the Blessed Sacrament Youth Center in North Lawndale. She has presented at the National Partnership for Educational Access’ annual conference, the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management, the UChicago Booth School of Business, and the University of Notre Dame. Audrey holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and an M.A. in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.
audrey@horizons-for-youth.org

BARRY J. SULLIVAN*
Vice President, Finance & Operations
Barry oversees financial processes and facilities management at Horizons for Youth. He and his family became involved with the organization when his son Declan died while working as a videographer for the University of Notre Dame football team. To honor Declan’s legacy, Barry’s family established a memorial fund and now host an annual gala, both of which benefit Horizons for Youth. Barry served on the Horizons for Youth Board of Directors before joining the staff full time in 2015. Barry earned BS and MS degrees from Marquette University, and a Ph.D. from Princeton University, all in electrical engineering.
barry@horizons-for-youth.org

*father of Declan Drumm Sullivan

Horizons for Youth in the News

Siblings make late brother’s legacy about education, Chicago Tribune, April 01, 2014
Meet Audrey George of Horizons for Youth, Voyage Chicago, January 2, 2018

History of Horizons for Youth

Horizons for Youth was founded in 1991 by a group of recent college graduates who wanted others to have the same advantages they had. This video tells their story.

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Media Release and Other Resources

ESPN E:60 Remembers Declan Drumm Sullivan
And Celebrates His Legacy at Horizons for Youth
by Horizons for Youth

August 27, 2018 – CHICAGO, IL – ESPN’s award-winning Sunday morning sports magazine show, E:60, will feature the story of Declan Drumm Sullivan, a University of Notre Dame student who tragically lost his life while filming a football practice.

After Declan’s passing, his family founded the Declan Drumm Sullivan Memorial Fund to support Chicago-area organizations that demonstrate substantial impact in the areas of education and community service, to honor Declan’s life and honor his legacy. Each year, the Declan Drumm Sullivan Memorial Fund organizes an annual benefit called No Ordinary Evening that has raised over $4.7 million in support of Horizons for Youth.

Horizons for Youth is Chicago’s only organization providing need-based scholarships, comprehensive support programs and educational resources for students of all academic ability levels from kindergarten through the start of their career.

Through their holistic approach, 99 percent of Horizons for Youth’s participants have graduated from high school and 84 percent have graduated from college or are currently pursuing their degree. These results prove that with the right combination of competencies, family investment, and community support, every child, regardless of socio-economic status, can reach their full potential.

As a result of the funds raised from No Ordinary Evening, 97 students have been added to Horizons for Youth’s proven programs, and they are affectionately called “Declan’s Class.”

Start your Sunday with the story of Declan Drumm Sullivan, his family, and the incredible impact this memorial fund is making on Chicago youth through Horizons for Youth. The ESPN E:60 feature is scheduled to run from 8:00-9:00am CDT on Sunday, September 2, 2018 on ESPN.

For more information on No Ordinary Evening and Horizons for Youth, visit: horizons-for-youth.org

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Suggested Story Angles

  • Responding to Grief with Hope – The Sullivans turn tragedy into opportunity for Chicago children
  • The Notre Dame Effect –  how ND alums and families (founders, volunteers, Sullivans) are giving back to the community through Horizons for Youth
  • Doing Good Close to Home – Why the Sullivan family chose Horizons for Youth as the beneficiary of Declan’s legacy
  • How Declan’s siblings are honoring his legacy through Horizons for Youth
  • The Power of Mentorship – How mentoring changes the lives of Horizons for Youth students and their mentors as well.
  • Educational Affordability – The challenges of affording high quality schools in Chicago and how Horizons for Youth helps in both private and public schools
  • Educational Transitions – Who is there for students during periods when they’re most vulnerable in transitioning schools?
  • Bringing Communities Together – In an increasingly isolated city, how does Horizons for Youth unite families from different communities

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For B-Roll, please contact Brent Fogt at brent@horizons-for-youth.org.

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2018 No Ordinary Evening video

The video below, which was screened at the 007th annual No Ordinary Evening gala honoring the life and legacy of Declan Drumm Sullivan, tells the story of Gail, Max, Zeke, and Jaxson Clark and their connection to the Declan Drumm Sullivan family. 

Testimonials

“I want to thank you so much for giving me a chance to be a part of Horizons for Youth. It is a place where so many success stories happen and where with effort, hope, and being open, anything can happen.”
-Sophia, high school senior

“Thank you for helping to fill this space in my son’s life. You may not know it, but by supporting Horizons for Youth, you are doing great work.”
-Tiffany, Horizons for Youth parent

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