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Join Event Co-Chairs Pamela Cullerton and
Anne Pramaggiore, President and CEO, ComEd, and
the Lester and Rosalie Anixter Center Board of Directors
as they celebrate




In a year where Advocacy is more important than ever
in Illinois, we honor one of the strongest advocates the
disability community has ever had,
Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke.
She has dedicated her life to giving a voice to those without a voice.

Friday, May 13, 2016
6:00 pm Cocktails
7:00 pm Dinner and Program

Winter Garden
Harold Washington Library
400 S. State Street, 9th Floor
Chicago, Illinois


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jack ehrlich(Left to Right: Carol Ehrlich, Jack Ehrlich
and Hillary Ebach)
Jack Ehrlich, 81, lifelong resident of Chicago, son of Abe and Florence and brother of Lois, all who preceded him in death, passed away peacefully in his sleep in Carmel, Indiana on November 14, 2015 from the effects of Parkinson's disease which he determinedly fought for almost two decades. Jack is survived by his loving wife Carol, his children Craig Ehrlich, Rhonda Ehrlich (Jeff Tryba), Ilene Green, and Mitchell Ehrlich, his seven grandchildren whom he adored, and one great grandson. He was a CPA, an attorney, a trusted advisor to his clients, a lifelong fan of the Cubs, and a good and loyal friend. Jack lived a life in service to others. He was a board member of Anixter Center in Chicago, and founded the Anixter Center Literacy Program, which was later renamed the Jack Ehrlich Literacy Program in his honor. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

A memorial service for Jack Ehrlich will be held December 19, 2016 at Anixter Center, 2032 N. Clybourn Avenue, Polk Conference Room located on the 3rd floor beginning at 9:30. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Chicago, Ill. (Oct. 9, 2015) — Rebecca Clark has been named Vice President of Program Development, Innovation and Accountability for Anixter Center, one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area serving children, teens and adults with disabilities and related challenges.

This is a recently created position for the nonprofit as new President & CEO Dr. Tere Garate is placing an increased emphasis on sustainable growth, while championing analytics and accountability to ensure the success of every person served.

With more than 15 years of experience in complex project management and program development in the field of education, Clark brings to Anixter Center a unique perspective on serving people of all ages with disabilities.

“With her intuitive problem-solving abilities and strong relationship-building skills, Rebecca has earned a wonderful reputation as a strategic partner in developing large-scale programs,” said Dr. Garate. “Perhaps even more important, however, she brings to Anixter Center deep experience in using data and research to guide decision making and then to evaluate the results of those decisions.”

Before coming to Anixter Center, Clark served as the Director of School Support for Chicago Public Schools for more than 10 years. During that time she directed a team of 45 staff to provide services to CPS students. Most recently she was the Partner Success Engineer for TeachMatch, a startup in Chicago. There she consulted with K-12 school districts across the country to increase efficiency and quality in hiring practices.

Clark has a Master of Arts in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University.

tere garateI am honored to be Anixter Center’s new President & CEO. For almost 100 years, Anixter Center has made a true difference in the lives of others. I am proud to have the opportunity to expand on that wonderful legacy as we look to our next 100 years of service. Anixter Center and its three divisions—CALOR, Chicago Hearing Society and Lekotek—have a rich history of reaching out and serving people in need. People with disabilities and related challenges of all ages and from all walks of life access our services, and it is our privilege to support them as they pursue their goals to live full lives in the community.

Throughout my career, I’ve had the good fortune to travel the country and abroad, advocating for those with disabilities and focusing on promoting inclusion and empowerment for all. Those are themes that resonate with me, and I want to instill them in the fabric of everything we do here. In the coming months and years, we will continue to push for all abilities to be involved in every aspect of society.

We have accomplished much but there is still much to do to ensure that everyone in society has the opportunity for quality of life—whether it is enjoying a show at the theater, having a safe place to live, learning a new skill or finding a job. As the new leader of Anixter Center, I look forward to working with everyone in and outside of this great organization to achieve those goals one individual client at a time.

Dr. Teresa Garate
Anixter Center President & CEO

Teresa Garate, President & CEO, Anixter Center discusses helping people with disabilities by proving job training, job coaching and basic skills to improve their lives.



JLL to market Anixter Center property in Clybourn Corridor

Nonprofit building in former PMD zoning hits the marketJLL to market Anixter Center property in Clybourn Corridor   CHICAGO, July 20, 2017 – One of the first repositioning opportunities in Chicago’s former planned manufacturing district (PMD) zoning is now available. JLL today announced it has been retained by Anixter Center, one... Read more

New Focus to Close June 16, 2017

It is with great sadness that I announce the closing of our New Focus program effective June 16, 2017. New Focus cares for individuals who have suffered a traumatic brain injury. The main funding source for New Focus, a major grant from the Employment Division of DHS, will be terminated... Read more

Anixter Center’s May 16 “Access for All” Benefit Honors Christopher G. Kennedy

Anixter Center’s May 16 “Access for All” BenefitHonors Christopher G. Kennedy 6th Annual Benefit to be held at Morgan Manufacturing Chicago, Illinois – (March 16, 2017) — Anixter Center, one of the largest nonprofits in the Chicago area serving people with disabilities, will honor philanthropist and businessman Chris Kennedy at its annual... Read more


Anixter Center Success | Margaret

Anixter Center Success | Margaret

Margaret definitely knows what she wants—a job. And she also knows what it will take to get one—better job skills and her GED. Anixter Center is supporting her all the... Read more


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