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CHI Goes to New York City to Ring Closing Bell at Nasdaq

July 21, 2022

CHI Founder and President Emerita Jacqueline Hayes joined CHI Board VP Tom Morrisey in New York City on July 15th to help ring the closing bell at Nasdaq.

CHI was invited to participate in the Closing Bell ceremony after receiving the 2021 Chicago Innovation Award, which is presented annually to select businesses and non-profits in the Chicago area that are making a positive difference in the lives of Chicagoans and the local economy.

CHI joined other organizations honored with the award at the Closing Bell event at Nasdaq headquarters in New York’s fabled Times Square.

“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 Awards LLC, which operates a year-round series of activities aimed at celebrating innovators in the Chicago region. Its Foundation also provides educational events and programs to people interested in learning about innovation and entrepreneurship. The Nasdaq event was a fitting way to “celebrate their successes on a global stage,” added Tanen.

Having The Chicago Help Initiative receive this recognition along with these other remarkable organizations is a great honor,” said CHI Founder Hayes. “That we got to celebrate together at an iconic American institution like Nasdaq made it all the more special.

We’re grateful to have this spotlight put on the meals and programs we provide as well as the attention paid to the respectful way we treat our guests, all of which helps us reach a broader audience about the work CHI does in addressing hunger and homelessness.”

To view the full list of 2021 awardees and learn more about their organizations, read their stories and watch their videos.

Click on more Closing Bell event photos in our gallery!

Photo Captions

1. CHI’s Tom Morrisey and Jacqueline Hayes under the Nasdaq Marquee, where CHI´s logo brightened up the intersection at 43rd St. & Broadway in Times Square.

2. Chicago Innovation Awardees on the stage at Nasdaq.

3. Chicago Innovation Awardees at the Nasdaq Marquee in Times Square.

4. CHI’s Jacqueline Hayes with Chicago Innovation Awardee Boyede Sobitan, co-founder of OjaExpress, a grocery delivery platform specializing in ethnic foods.

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