The results are in, and the winner has been announced.
The Center for Enriched Living, one of three candidates for the final spot Bears100 Community All-Pro initiative, will receive the program's $100,000 grant. The organization will be recognized when the Bears host the Kansas City Chiefs at Soldier Field on December 22.
The Center for Enriched Living was founded in 1968 to help people with developmental disabilities. Its mission is to help such people become fully included in the community, achieve personal success, and enjoy a good quality of life. The Center has grown from its roots of two mother approaching a single social worker, to an organization that helps more than 450 people annually. More information can be found at centerforenrichedliving.org.
"Center for Enriched Living is so excited to win the $100,000 grant," said Center for Enriched Living CEO Harriet Levy. "We will use the funds to greatly expand community-based work opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities in the Chicago area. The need is great as there is an 85 percent unemployment rate for this demographic."
The other two finalists, the Center on Halsted and Mobile Care Chicago, will each receive $10,000 donations from the Community All-Pro Initiative.
The Community All-Pros Initiative is an opportunity for the team to show its gratitude to the community that has supported it since 1921. Ten grants will be awarded over the course of the season before every home game, totaling $1 million.