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The Branch Family Institute

"Hidden Gems Tour"
  June 2014

On Saturday June 28, 2014, BFI explore some of the most innovative and undiscovered  prized businesses hidden in our own Chicago communities.  The excitement began at The Branch Family Institute with a mini exposition of goods and services.  The event continued on with a tour of the hidden gems of Chicago. A great big thanks to all our vendors and supporters! Check out photos from the Hidden Gems Tour below.  

   June 2011

In Spring 2011 BFI supporters joined us for our Annual Spring Fundraising Gala entitled "Revivify". Thank you all for your continual support to keep our Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Program strong and making each event worthwhile!

"10 Years Strong"
   December 2010

BFI Celebrated 10 Years of Service on December 11, 2010 at US Cellular's Illinois Sports Facility Authority with special guest radio personality-Monique Caradine!

"Great Expectations"
   November 2011

On November 5th, BFI welcomed performances by Def Comedy Jam and BET Comic View’s comedian extraordinaires Chastity Washington and Willie Lynch Jr.! The evening was full of laughter and fun to support a great cause. Thank You for having none other than Great Expectations for the Branch Family Institute!

Blossoming, Flourishing, Investing"
May 2012
Changes over the past several months have led to a path where The Branch Family Institute continues to blossom, is flourishing in a new direction, and will continue to be invested in our community. Thank you for joining us at our Spring Open House.


The Branch Family Institute hosts three Annual Fundraiser Events to support and bring awareness to our Supervised Visitation & Safe Exchange "After the Storm" program:

  •  Annual Fundraiser
  •  Open House
  •  Holiday Celebration

Your support is welcomed!

"A Different Direction"
  November 2013
BFI celebrated its 13th Annual Strengthening Famliy Ties gala at US Cellular Field's ISFA. Guests enjoyed a second installment of our murder mystery dinner , A great big thanks to all our board members, interns and volunteers for coming together to produce a wonderful event, And thank you to all our supporters. We continue in our mission because of your continual support.

"Spring Flavor"
   May 2013

The Branch Family Institute (BFI) celebrated the end of National Supervised Visitation (SV) month with brilliant author and playwright, Melda Beaty. In collaboration with BFI’s “Spring Flavor” Ice Cream Social fundraiser, Ms. Beaty added some flavor to the event with a book signing of her enthralling 2012 novel Lime. Guests enjoyed delicious Oberweis sundaes for a good cause and had the opportunity to personally meet Ms. Beaty, hear her read a few intriguing excerpts and even purchase her novel. Lime is truly a captivating story of a young woman’s life journey that gives the audience insight into family dynamics, the notions of beauty and the bonds of friendship against Domestic Violence.

"Endless Possibilities"
  November 2012
Our Endless Possibilities fundraiser was a huge success! We could not have done it without each of you. We hope each of you enjoyed the evening and walked away with a better understanding of who we are and how important it is for The Branch Family Institute to continue moving forward strengthening families and communities. On behalf of The Branch Family Institute, we thank you for your support and hope to see each of you again in 2013!

"Reaching for the Stars..."
  November 2014

On November 7th,The Branch Family Institute celebrated 14 years of strengthening families and communities at Loft 1906 located in Chicago's chic and colorful Art District. What an amazing time we had networking, taking professional photos by renowned photographer Ven Sherrod and learning about BFI's mission and legacy. We are so thankful for your presence and support in making "Reaching for the Stars" a successful event! 

Didn't get a chance to join us? Not to fret. You can view our event photos on our photo gallery  page.  If you took professional photos you can view and download by following the link below.  Thanks again for showing your support of the Branch Family Insitute. And Happy Holidays!