7th Annual Benefit to Be Held at Stage 18 Chicago

Chicago, Illinois – (Jan. 12, 2018) — Anixter Center, a leading nonprofit in the Chicago area serving people with disabilities, will roll out the red carpet as it honors Alexander Pissios at its 2018 Gala on Thursday, May 3.

Themed “Sharing Strengths, Building Partnerships,” the evening—a cinema extravaganza that will showcase the work of some of Chicago’s most exciting young filmmakers—will raise funds to help children, teens, and adults with disabilities through programs that include employment training and job placement, residential services and health care.

Alex Pissios, President & CEO of Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, is a Chicago native and a Chicago treasure. He has inspired and supported countless professionals in the film industry, including through Stage 18, a nonprofit incubator for those seeking a career in film and media. Members of Stage 18 will be on hand May 3 to show off their work in a private viewing and to mingle with guests.

Chair for the event is Phillip Koch, Executive Producer. Koch has assembled a group of honorary chairmen, including iconic Chicago Cub Kerry Wood and Tribune Executive Larry Wert, who will be on hand to walk down the red carpet with guests. Long-time Anixter Center supporter, Rob Johnson, weekday anchor of the CBS 2 Chicago evening newscasts at 5, 6 & 10 PM, will be the master of ceremonies.

“Sharing Strengths, Building Partnerships” begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at Stage 18, 2558 W. 16 th St., Chicago, Illinois. Tickets are $400 per person, with sponsorship opportunities ranging from $5,000 to $25,000.

To purchase a sponsorship or tickets or to make a donation, please visit www.Anixter.org.

About Anixter Center
Anixter Center provides an array of services to help those with disabilities and related challenges live, learn, work and play in the community. Through 35 programs and services at locations across the greater Chicago area, Anixter Center touches the lives of nearly 8,000 individuals annually and advocates for the rights of children and adults with all types of disabilities to participate fully and equally in society. More information about Anixter Center, which will turn 100 years old in 2019, can be found at www.Anixter.org.