The Cradle Blog

From the Desk of Nijole Yutkowitz, Vice President of Inclusion and Community Development

The Cradle | African American adoption
Dear Sayers Families,
We will be celebrating our 4th Annual Sayers Summer Soirée on July 14 at River Roast in downtown Chicago. I can’t believe how the time has flown. While we are busy soliciting silent auction The Cradle, African American adoptionitems, creating invitations and determining what that special raffle prize will be, we would love for you to be making your plans to attend.
Since the inaugural Soirée in the summer of 2013, attendance and revenue have doubled. Although we are thrilled with these results, we want to keep growing the event and raising even more money for the Ardythe and Gale Sayers Center for African American Adoption at The Cradle. 
One thing is certain – we could not have come this far without the support of our Sayers Center families, Cradle staff and board members, and, especially, the wonderful planning committee that is committed year after year to making this a successful event.
I remember how challenging it was when we first started, with many different opinions about what we should do and how we should do it. The best way to figure this out, we realized, was to ask you, our families, what type of event you would like. And you responded! So many Sayers families completed the survey we sent out and shared exactly what they wanted us to do and how they could participate. 
Today, I want to thank all of those who have been involved, both past and present. I also want to say how incredibly proud I am of the hard work of the Soirée committee members. Your The Cradle, African American adoptionenthusiasm, commitment and dedication are very much appreciated. 
Besides being a very fun evening of mixing and mingling, enjoying delicious food and drink, bidding on the silent auction and dancing the night away, the Soiree brings together a terrific group of people - families who adopted 15-20 years ago along with those whose “Cradle babies” are still little babies! It’s exciting to feel the energy in the room and to see families connecting and building new relationships. This event makes me proud to be a part of this wonderfully diverse and supportive community of people.
I would like to ask The Cradle community to come out this year in full force to support the Soirée.  Our fundraising goal is a bit more aggressive and we know that we cannot meet it without your participation. 
This event is open to anyone and everyone who supports the mission of the Sayers Center to find loving homes for African American and multiracial babies. Please invite your family, friends and colleagues to come out, have a great time, and help us meet or exceed our goal. 
Thank you so much for your past support, and we look forward to seeing you on July 14 at the Soirée!
Warm regards,




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P.S. Here’s what a couple of our committee members have to say:

The Cradle, African American adoption“I love how the Soirée helps us grow our community. Each year my husband and I have connected with new families and made new friends, all while having a fabulous time and benefitting the Sayers Program."

- Anna Bonick, second from left, Mom to Cradle baby Elise

“I am honored to be on the committee each year. It is just one of the ways that I am able to give back to an organization and program that have given us so much. And, it is such a FUN event!!”

- Kelly O’Connor, far right, Mom to Cradle babies Natalie and Nina