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CHI, Winner of the Chicago Innovation Award for 2021, Invited to Ring Closing Bell at Nasdaq

Representatives from The Chicago Help Initiative (CHI) will be traveling to New York City to ring the Closing Bell of the Nasdaq Stock Market on July 15, 2022. Presented with the 2021 Chicago Innovation Award, CHI will join other organizations honored with the award at the Closing Bell event, which will spotlight the surge of innovation that is occurring in the Chicago region, and the organizations that make up our city’s vibrant economy.

“Chicago Innovation Award winners cut across all industries and represent the best in new product and service development from large companies, startups and non-profits,” said Luke Tanen, President and CEO of Chicago Innovation, which presents the annual award to outstanding businesses and non-profits in the Chicago area that are making a positive difference in the lives of Chicagoans and the local economy.

“Their winning innovations are solving a range of unmet needs in the marketplace, and we’re proud to celebrate their successes on a global stage by ringing the Nasdaq Bell.”

CHI Founder and President Emeritus Jacqueline Hayes and CHI Board of Directors Vice President Thomas Morrisey will represent CHI at the Closing Bell ceremony. To view the full list of 2021 awardees and learn more about their organizations, read their stories and watch their videos.

[Photo caption]: CHI Accepting the 2021 Chicago Innovation Award, recognizing our programs providing bag meals and food truck services to Chicagoans in need during the pandemic. (Left to right): Tony Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President; Tom Kuczmarski, Co-founder & President of Chicago Innovation & Kuczmarski Innovation; CHI Board President Chris Stathopoulos; CHI Founder & President Emerita Jacqueline Hayes; CHI Executive Director Doug Fraser; and Dorri McWhorter, President & CEO, YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago.

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