Strive brings fundraising home

Staff Writer

Hyde Park-based non-profit Strive Tutoring is hosting its annual fundraiser in the neighborhood this year.

Strive, 5001 S. Ellis Ave., is an educational services center for students that provides free educational support, customized tutoring and enrichment activities to youth from Chicago’s South Side. The program offers academic services such as ACT prep and enrichment activities including chess, art projects and culinary science projects for two hours twice a week after school.

For the past several years, the organization, established in 1988, has usually hosted its fundraisers downtown but this year decided to return the event to Hyde Park.

“We feel the need to reconnect with resources in our community and cultivate deeper ties to the families, kids and the University of Chicago, local businesses and neighbors,” said Angela Paranjape, executive director of Strive. “We feel it’s time to root ourselves here.”

This year Strive’s fundraising event will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the Hyde Park Bank lobby, 1525 E. 53rd St. Highlights include food from restaurants in Hyde Park, a live jazz trio featuring guitarist Buddy Fambro and an auction featuring items such as trips to Paris and New York. There are also best of Hyde Park and best of downtown Chicago packages.

Last year the organization raised $31,000. Paranjape said this year at least $41,000 is needed to meet the needs of the expanding program, which has grown from 20 students to 50 students in the past year.

“We hope that the community will join us and support a great cause right here in the neighborhood,” Paranjape said. “Come celebrate and support us and have a really fun evening.”

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