BUILD's Annual Gala:

BUILD the Future

SAVE THE DATE! Friday May 3, 2024

New Location, Same Heart!

See you at The Geraghty!

2520 S Hoyne Ave. Chicago, IL 60608

2023 Gala Moments

On May 5, 2023, 600 friends and supporters gathered at Chicago’s Navy Pier to celebrate the power and resilience of BUILD youth. We honored three generations of the Abbey Family as Lifetime BUILDers and scholarship donors, and youth speakers Zack and Tauri shared their own powerful stories of persistence. Alumni Abbey Tiu-Kemph revisited her experience in a gang as a teen, and how BUILD negotiated her detachment and helped her back to school.


We celebrated these lives and raised over $800,000 unrestricted for BUILD’s greatest needs. Thank you to the whole community!

Hear BUILD Youth Voices tell their stories

Youth Speaker: Zack, age 19
"Thanks to BUILD I can stay on my own path and be who I want to be."

Youth Speaker
Tauri, age 14
"This program has helped me work through negative behaviors, anger and emotions and has taught me valuable problem solving and conflict resolution skills." 


Alumni Address: Abbey Tiu-Kemph, MA, LCPC

Born in the Philippines, Abbey’s large family migrated to Chicago when she was eleven, in 1996. It was a challenging time for the family, and after becoming gang-involved she crossed paths with BUILD and Felix Jusino, an Intervention Specialist who would become her advocate and mentor.

Abbey eventually earned her GED, a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lewis University. Passionate about mentoring and uplifting vulnerable youth, she founded her own clinical therapy practice ‘Wounded Healers Counseling Service’, while also moving confidently into the restaurant industry through her two restaurants, “Leilani Asian Fusion” and “Little Leilani” in Aurora, IL. As an avid foodie, gardener, and mother of six, she inspires youth and communities to blossom with her fierce spirit and drive to build a better world.

Thank you to our current 2024 sponsors!

John & Christine Bakalar

Alonso / Levy

Chris Griffith

Bud Schwarzbach

Matt Fisher

John Nitschke

John Wilson

Shannel Clubb

Raymond Rushing

Jack Segal

Pat Spratt

Baird Capital

Baird Foundation

Leila Whitley Kerrigan