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Changing Children's Worlds sets spring fundraiser in Geneva

FONA CEO Slawek, Judge Hull to be guest speakers

GENEVA – Changing Children’s Worlds Foundation’s annual community awareness and fundraising event, “Stand up for Kids,” will be held from 5 to 8:30 p.m. April 27 at FONA International, 1900 Averill Road, Geneva, the charity announced in a news release.

Tickets are $85 per person if purchased before April 12, $100 if purchased after April 12 and $125 on the day of the event.

Last year’s event raised $236,000.

Tickets include appetizers, live band, silent auction and program and can be purchased online at www.changingchildrensworlds.org.

Two inspiring agents of change, Joe Slawek, CEO and Founder of award-winning FONA and Kane County Circuit Court Judge Clint Hull will share their experiences and insights.

Slawek will be the keynote speaker, presenting “What We All Do is Incredibly Important: How to serve generously and generatively.”

St. Charles resident Slawek founded FONA in 1987, and today, its Geneva campus is a top company to work for and work with, competing with the largest flavor companies, and winning awards as being a top workplace.

Slawek is committed to his family, church and community service, as executive committee member of the McGraw Wildlife Foundation, board member of Angel Flight Central, Kane County Regional Planning Commission and president/co-founder of the C-Level Christian CEO group, the release stated.

Hull, also of St. Charles, will present, “A View from the Bench: One Judge’s view on how to keep children out of the court system.”

During his 10 years presiding over the abuse/neglect court, juvenile delinquency court, and now felony court, Hull has seen children enter the judicial system shortly after being born, again in their teenage years in delinquency court and then being charged as adults.

Hull presides over Kane County’s Treatment Alternative Court and, as a prosecutor since 1993, is recognized for his creative problem-solving designed to help non-violent felony offenders who suffer from a mental illness to go on to lead productive lives, the release stated.

Hull serves as a Big Brother in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program, is a St. Charles Park District Commissioner and coach.

Changing Children’s Worlds Foundation was created in 2011 to strengthen communities by supporting families to help their children to thrive in good and challenging times.

The foundation offers an empathy- and evidence-based program, Best Start for Families- A Health Equity Approach, to aid parents and children to succeed in positive relationships.

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