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Smith Living Supports Local Businesses with Employee Gifts

The Board of Trustees for Smith Senior Living, which sponsors Smith Village in Beverly/Morgan Park, has collaborated with local businesses to thank employees for their exceptional service and dedication to residents during this extraordinary time.

Smith trustees arranged for each employee to receive The Bucks Stay Here, a community gift card redeemable at more than 55 businesses in the 19th Ward. In total, this employee gift certificate program will drive more than $12,000 into the local economy. 

“We are so proud of how Smith staff members have risen to face unprecedented challenges this year. Keeping our residents safe during the COVID-19 pandemic has required a truly extraordinary level of commitment and care,” says Kay E. Thurn, chair of Smith Senior Living Board of Trustees. 

“We decided to reward our dedicated professionals while also supporting neighboring businesses during these difficult times. We believe our approach to spreading holiday cheer will have a ripple effect that benefits even more people,” adds Thurn, who acknowledges cancelling the Board’s popular holiday party on each campus motivated trustees to find a fresh way to say thank you to staff members.

Smith Senior Living, a not-for-profit organization serving older adults since 1924, sponsors Smith Village in Chicago’s Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood and Smith Crossing in Orland Park, Ill. They are the only life plan communities in the southwest sector of metropolitan Chicago. 

The MPBHBA appreciates the Smith Senior Living Board of Trustees’ generous gift for their employees and is grateful for its support of the local business community. Also, special thanks to Smith Village Executive Director Marti Jatis and Smith Senior Living President and CEO Kevin McGee for their continued support of the MPBHBA and 19th Ward business community.

 Join BAPA’s Holiday Spirit Parade for Smith Village

On Saturday, December 19, the Beverly Area Planning Association is hosting a Holiday Spirit Parade for Smith Village. The parade will start at Ridge Park parking lot, go through the neighborhood, and conclude after driving around the Smith Village campus.
 
We are asking for participation not only from neighbors in the area but from businesses as well!  If you have a branded vehicle or would just like to decorate your personal vehicle and create a Happy Holidays sign for the residents in quarantine for the holidays, please join us!  We hope to bring some smiles and holiday spirit to the Smith Village community and to our other neighbors during the parade.
 
If you would like to participate, please meet at the Ridge Park parking lot on Saturday, December 19. We will begin congregating at 10 a.m. with an 11 a.m. departure.

Last Chance for Small Biz Super Raffle Tickets


Have you purchased your 19th Ward Small Business Super Raffle ticket?

Ticket sales for the 19th Ward Small Business Super Raffle will end on Friday, Dec. 18. Tickets are $10 each and offer a chance to win $15,000 in cash or a 2020 Ford Escape; $5000 in cash and a year of pizza from S & T Provisions; or $3900 in gift cards from 19th Ward businesses. Proceeds of the raffle will be distributed among the 39 participating businesses, all of which have been affected by Covid-19.
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Carryout Campaign Aims to Help Restaurants Closed to Indoor Dining

Support our local restaurants with Takeout Tuesdays! Share a photo of your carryout meal on social media and tag Ald. Matt O’Shea to qualify for your chance to win a $20 "Bucks Stay Here" e-Gift card! The weekly giveaway is designed to boost business at our local eateries while they are closed to indoor dining.
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