Thursday, April 23, 2009

Generous donations save StreetWise

We at Kurman Communications take great pride every time we see a client achieve success. Just one week ago, we sent a press release about the urgent financial need of Streetwise, a 16-year old nonprofit that publishes StreetWise magazine that is sold on the street by homeless and near homeless individuals. We hosted a press conference, in which the StreetWise board told the public it needed at least $75,000 over the next few weeks to keep its doors open.

It is with great pleasure that we learned at a second press conference held yesterday morning, that StreetWise has received more than $200,000 in donations in just seven days. In addition to large sum donors from Chicago area residents Brook and Wood Baxter, Kay and Jim Mabie, Greg Zeman and Michael Clune, StreetWise received more than 200 small denomination payments through PayPal.
Several StreetWise vendors spoke eloquently at the press conference of their gratitude to StreetWise and the difficult time they would have had if StreetWise did not receive the financial support that game so generously from the people of Chicago.

Kurman has a long-standing relationship with StreetWise, and helped the publication re-launch from a newspaper to a magazine last fall. Kurman's very own Lee Barrie is also a board member on StreetWise and was instrumental in the success with the press that helped lead to the $200k in donations this week. We are very proud to be a part of the StreetWise family, and happy that so many other Chicagoans have opened their hearts and wallets for this cause.

To learn more information or to make a contribution, please contact Bruce Crane at (312) 829-2526. Donations can also be made online at StreetWise is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, and all contributions are tax deductible.

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