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Rockford University Business Luncheon

Regents Hall, Burpee Center, Rockford University, 5050 E. State St. Rockford, IL 6108
The Rockford University Department of Economics, Business and Accounting (EBA) invites you to attend the 7th annual business luncheon.

The Power of the Triple Bottom Line to Bolster Communities

Speaker: Michelle Paulsen, Assistant Director of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame

Social entrepreneurship is an increasingly-important and powerful tool for social services, government, and business communities alike. The public, particularly the Millennial generation, is demanding greater transparency from these varied economic actors, as well as social, environmental and financial sustainability. While this is an exciting time for social innovators building out new and creative social business models, the problems are complex and the solutions varied. Just as a traditional entrepreneur identifies a business opportunity, develops a business model, and galvanizes resources, so too does the social entrepreneur – with a focus on creating long-term systemic change, as well as social, environmental and financial sustainability. This session will highlight examples of successful social entrepreneurs and enterprises, and provide criteria for social services, government, and the business community to consider - whether creating, investing in, or evaluating the impact of a social enterprise model.

Generous Sponsors: ComEd, Illinois Bank and Trust

Time: Check in & networking: 11:30, Luncheon & Program: Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Table of 8: $350, Individual Reservation: $45

Invitations are forthcoming; register by April 24, 2015.

RSVP to or 815-394-4384

Jennifer Smith, 815-394-4384,

Shelter Care Ministries Spring Luncheon

Prairie Street Brewhouse, Rockford, IL
Shelter Care Ministries’ Annual Spring Luncheon will take place again this year at the Prairie Street Brewhouse. Please gather your friends and family and join us on Thursday, May 7, 2015, from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm as we celebrate the many milestones of the past year. Tickets are $40 per person or tables of eight for $320.

Our featured speaker is Bishop Jeffrey Lee of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago. Bishop Lee leads 40,000 Episcopalians in 127 congregations across Northern Illinois. A charismatic preacher, liturgist and spiritual leader, he is committed to helping the congregations of the diocese grow the church, form the faithful, and change the world.
In addition to a delicious lunch, the festivities will include a program to inspire and entertain and the ever popular Spring MarketPlace featuring hanging baskets, pottery, jams and relishes, gourmet granola, and spring décor just in time for your Mother’s Day gift giving.

Judy Johnson 815-964-5520

BCCA/Keen Age Center Auxiliary Luncheon and Craft Show

BCCA/Keen Age Center, 2141 Henry Luckow Lane, Belvidere, IL 61008
A luncheon will be held at the Keen Age Center as well as a Craft Show. Tickets are $10 for the lunch. All proceeds benefit the Keen Age Center which is open to all seniors 50 and up. Tickets may be purchase at the Keen Age Center.

Kate Warren, Program Coordinator, 815-544-9893

Caritas Luncheon & Fashion Show

Giovanni's 610 N. Bell School Rd., Rockford, IL 61107
This year our theme is "Singing In The Rain". Our social hour and silent auction bidding begins at 10:30. At. 11:30 the preschoolers from St. Elizabeth's Center will sing a few songs. A wonderful luncheon begins at 12:15 with three options: Greek Chicken, Saint Lucia Pork Filet and Gnudi Dumplings. The fashion show follows with fashions from Dress Barn and Infinitely Sweet. The tickets for the luncheon cost $35.00. The raffle tickets cost $5 a piece or 5 for $20 with prizes of $1,000, $500, a car care package or a dining package. Please come and help us raise funds for the children's programs that are run by Catholic Charities. These programs benefit children of all faiths.

Patti Weber 815-222-1661