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ROGERS PARK
BUILDERS GROUP

RBPG SUPPORTS FOOTBALL PROGRAM

The High Ridge Chargers Football program has offered youngsters from the Rogers Park community a chance to learn how to play competitive football.

In January 2024, the program faced a challenge, as a fire destroyed the programs' equipment, uniforms and practice gear - a loss exceeding $35,000.

At our February, 2024 meeting, the RPBG offered its support, presenting a check to the team for $2500. The RPBG is proud to support a well run program that offers youngsters in the community a fun and engaging activity that can help them learn important life skills.

Pictured: RPBG Treasurer, Steve Shah and Outreach Chair, Carla Price present a check to Chargers founder, David Roti.

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NEXT UP!
DIRECTORS ONLY MEETING

NETWORKING, DINNER, DRINKS
& DISCUSSION

Tuesday, June 25
Rhapsody Theater
6-8:30pm

*Our next regular meeting will be in July. Stay tuned.*

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
KENNETH JOHNSON

GOOD NEWS PARTNERS

Good News Partners is a nonprofit that has been active in Rogers Park more than 40 years. We provide housing in several formats, with the objective of keeping Rogers Park a place where individuals and families of all incomes and sizes can get an opportunity to have safe, affordable housing. As the Executive Director, we work to be part of the neighborhood but also a part of affordable development.

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RPBG'S 30TH ANNIVERSARY VIDEO

Watch our video showcasing RPBG's 30 year history.  Learn how our organization was formed, of the challenges we faced and the opportunities we've been given. 

The final 7 minutes show one of RPBG's most epic moments.

CHARITABLE ENDEAVORS

Every year, the Rogers Park Builders Group strives to give back to the Rogers Park community in generous, creative and impactful ways. Below are a few projects from recent years that we are most proud. 

BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

For the 2nd year in a row, RPBG and some of its members covered the full cost for Sullivan High School's Annual Middle School Basketball Tournament. This free, double elimination tournament, provided a competitive and fun outlet for 120 Chicago area students. The youth were introduced to this terrific local high school and participated in classroom discussion focusing on Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy as well.

LIFE SKILLS CLASSROOM

One of RPBG's finest moments occurred in 2016, as the RPBG helped transform a regular classroom at Sullivan High School into a full fledged life skills space. Serving the students of the School's special needs program, which helps students with autism and Down Syndrome, the classroom includes a full kitchen, laundry and day bed. The students eagerly use this room to learn basic life skills and independent living.

FUNDRAISER FOR IMMIGRANTS

During Covid, our community partner, Northside Community Resources told us that many immigrant families living in Rogers Park were struggling, as they did not qualify for federal relief programs. RPBG and its members engaged in a special fundraising drive generating contributions totaling $18,000 to support our newest community members.

GLENWOOD ART FESTIVAL

Starting in 2002, RPBG has consistently sponsored the Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest, an important local festival, founded by our Board member Al Goldberg, which showcases our eclectic and creative community. Many of our members also support this summer street festival through booths and generous sponsorships.

CHICAGO HIGH RIDGE FOOTBALL TEAM

A tragic fire resulted in a local youth football program losing its equipment. RPBG's $2500 gift helped purchase new replacement items. Other local businesses and community members joined the RPBG in supporting this drive, which allows for the Hi Ridge Chargers to continue to compete, offering  youngsters from around the neighborhood the chance to gain play tackle football, under the guidance of a set of skilled coaches.

RPBG believes that these sorts of time tested activities are what is needed to keep the neighborhood youngsters engaged and involved in challenging and fun activity.

RESTORED VINTAGE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS FOR LOCAL H.S.

In 2019, Andrew, the Sullivan High School Music Director, told us that someone had uncovered 60 year old musical instruments in the school's basement. "If we can restore these," Andrew promised, "I can create a marching band and revive a rock 'n roll program. RPBG came through with funding, resulting in restoration of dozens of instruments. That Fall, Sullivan had a marching band and a successful rock 'n roll band program. RPBG also underwrote private music lessons in partnership with Loyola University Chicago and renown local music store, Flatts & Sharpe.

SULLIVAN GRADUATION PICNIC

Due to Covid, the Sullivan HS graduates in Spring, 2021 had no prom, and little fanfare to commemorate their important milestone. At Principal Thomas' request, the RPBG covered the cost of a pre-graduation picnic, attended by graduates and staff. Many students happily celebrated their accomplishment over tacos, pizza, raffle prizes and festivity with their friends and SHS's dedicated faculty.   

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