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Allen Robinson Raises More than $112,000 at ‘An Evening Within Reach’ Gala in Chicago
Posted By:  Austin Alley
Thursday, December 13, 2018

On Monday night, Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson hosted his first fundraising event in Chicago for his Within Reach Foundation at the Montgomery Club in River North. The event, called ‘An Evening Within Reach,’ benefitted outreach programs for the Within Reach Foundation, and it featured Robinson and several current and former Bears players mingling with more than 140 guests in attendance. Attendees were treated to a lively cocktail reception, steak dinner and a live and silent auction. More than $112,000 was raised in support of the Within Reach Foundation, including a $20,000 donation pledged by Robinson himself.

During the event, Robinson spoke at length about his foundation and why his mission of providing youth with educational opportunities and resources is so important to him. Mentors were a crucial part of Robinson’s own academic experience and helped him focus on his education from an early age. Now, as an NFL star, he is using his foundation to be a mentor for those students who need encouragement to embrace their schooling.

One of the ways the Within Reach Foundation will fulfill this mission is through the newly-founded ‘Reach For a Book’ program, which will install to state-of-the-art reading rooms in Title I elementary schools and Boys & Girls Clubs in an effort to promote literacy. Through the funds raised on Monday evening, Robinson will be able to launch his first ‘Reach For a Book’ reading rooms in 2019.

Jarrett Payton, WGN sports reporter and son of NFL legend Walter Payton, served as the event’s emcee and used the excitement and energy following the Bears’ win Sunday night over the Los Angeles Rams to generate donations throughout the evening. Bears players in attendance included Prince Amukamara, Adrian Amos, Sam Acho, Kyle Fuller, Kevin White and Khalil Mack. Former Bears players Johnny Knox and Israel Idonije were also in attendance to support Robinson and his mission of providing educational opportunities for inner-city youth.

‘An Evening Within Reach’ briefly follows Robinson’s first community outreach program in Chicago, Operation Elf. Held on December 3, Robinson met 40 students from the Bill & Linda Gantz Boys & Girls Club at the New City Dick’s Sporting Goods for a holiday shopping spree. Each child was provided a $150 gift to shop for presents for themselves and their loved ones.

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The goal of the Allen Robinson's Within Reach Foundation is to impact 5,000 students by the end of 2020 through all outreach programs.            


Children who do not have access to self-selected books read at levels nearly 50-percent below their peers who have access to self-selected books.


Since joining the Bears in February of 2018, Allen has quickly become one of the most involved players in the Chicago community, receiving the Bears Walter Payton Man of the Year nomination and the Ed Block Courage Award.



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