Our Commitment

As our design aspires to build healthy communities, so we aspire to build healthy communities through active engagement in civic and community affairs. You will find our leaders on the boards of the cultural and charitable organizations that are driving change in our cities and neighborhoods. Our professionals contribute time and energy to industry collaborations including Commercial Real Estate Executive Women (CREW), Urban Land Institute, the National Association of Minority Architects (NOMA) and the ACE Mentorship program.

Big Ed Bowl

Lamar Johnson Collaborative is the lead sponsor of the Big Ed Bowl, an annual industry event that has raised more than $2 million in support of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

The ball is rolling! Big Ed Bowl started as a grassroots fundraising event 15 years ago to honor a colleague and friend, Ed Erhardt, who passed away way too early from skin cancer. Since the beginning, our goal has been to raise money to directly benefit melanoma research at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. It has since grown to include fundraising for the Michael J. Fox Foundation to help find a cure for Parkinson’s disease. In 2019, we raised $188,000, and we are well on our way to reaching our 2020 fundraising goal. Please help us reach our goal, become a sponsor, purchase a ticket today, or donate; every little bit helps.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2020  |  5:30 – 9:30 PM

322 E. Illinois
Chicago, IL

Purchase your ticket today! Big Ed Bowl Tickets
For more information or to become a Sponsor! Visit bigedbowl.com
Questions? Contact us at info@bigedbowl.com

Austin Coming Together

LJC has been working with Austin Coming Together (ACT) on a pro-bono basis to develop a plan for repurposing the vacant Emmet Elementary School in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood into Austin’s Aspire Center for Workforce Innovation Center.

ACT, a convening organization seeking to build community in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago, aims to transform the existing school into a focal point and community hub that grows a stronger economy and activates the corner of Madison and Central. This initiative will create a center for economic development, new retail space, and 50 new jobs within the first five years within the targeted geography. By 2030, the initiative will increase the income of 500 Austinites and assist 250 acquire financing for businesses or purchase of properties. LJC recently learned that ACT’s plan is one of six finalists being considered for the Pritzker Traubert Foundation’s Chicago Prize, a $10 million investment toward the final plan and its community. We’re eagerly awaiting to hear if this project will be a prize winner this May.

Pedal the Cause

A team from Lamar Johnson Collaborative has ridden in the Pedal the Cause bike challenge since the fundraiser began in St. Louis. Pedal the Cause provides critical funding for cancer research at Siteman Cancer Center and Siteman Kids at St. Louis Children’s Hospital through its annual cycling challenge.

Women Build

Together Lamar Johnson Collaborative and Clayco formed a team of volunteers to both fundraise and build in the annual Women Build Chicago Event, a program of Habitat for Humanity, providing permanent, affordable homes for women-led families.

Since 1991, Women Build volunteers come together to build stronger, safer communities. Women Build aims to help low-income women in our community achieve the strength and stability of homeownership by funding and building new, affordable homes. In 2019, team LJC + Clayco raised $11,535, and we look forward to participating again in 2020.