National Runaway Safeline

Saturday, April 30, 2022
6:30 PM (CST)

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
221 N Columbus Dr, Chicago, IL 60601

Valet available at the Radisson Blu main entrance on Columbus Drive for a discounted rate of $20. Alternatively, guests may self-park in the hotel’s parking lot.

We are closely monitoring COVID case rates across the country and will follow COVID-related protocols as set by the City of Chicago. Currently, the City does not require testing or vaccination at large-scale events, and masking is optional. We will offer masks to all guests at check-in, and will stagger tables throughout the ballroom as much as possible. In the event that the City of Chicago guidance shifts, we will modify our approach, and if we are unable to host the event in person, we will transition to a virtual event.

Join us on April 30, 2022 as we celebrate the spirit of youth! Help us continue our work to fulfill our mission of supporting young people in crisis, keeping them safe and off the streets, and ultimately ending youth homelessness. We will be celebrating NRS’ milestone 50th anniversary, honoring the amazing accomplishments achieved by the organization, and recognizing our partners in the runaway and homeless youth field.

This year will bring to life a board game where guests move a group of young people through the twists and turns of life on the streets, answering questions with the goal of safely getting to the finish line, and ultimately reaching stable housing with the support of Greyhound Lines.



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Alexandra Mack & Kurt Zeppetello

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Maureen & Peter Acker
Jodi Cohen & David Schwartz
Elizabeth Early, Marcy Hackbarth, Emily Rupp
Stuart Frankel & Rita Mirman
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Laurie Kimmel & Johanna Fine
Stephen & Rosemary Mack
Andrea Mainelli & Alex Schultheis
Jon & Donna Perlin
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Joyce & Jonathan Sapir
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Ryan Baker

Morning News Anchor, CBS 2 Chicago

Ryan Baker is weekday Morning News Anchor at CBS 2. He joined the station in April of 2008 as the lead sports anchor on the weekday evening newscasts at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 10 p.m.

Baker’s career highlights include covering historic World Series wins for both the Cubs and White Sox, and three Stanley Cup championships for the Chicago Blackhawks. He also reported from Athens during the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Mia Sostrin

NRS Youth Advisory Board

Mia Sostrin (they/them) is a National Runaway Safeline Youth Advisory Board Member and a Youth for Truth representative from Chicago, IL, where they currently attend Northeastern Illinois University, studying social work. Mia loves music, singing, and performing, and hopes to incorporate music into their future career in social work. They continue to be an advocate for young people experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity in the greater Chicago community.

Awards & Honorees

NRS Service Award

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Larry D. Miller
NRS Crisis Services (Retired)

Larry D. Miller has over 20 years of experience in the field of crisis intervention with the National Runaway Safeline. After retiring from NRS, Larry now enjoys spending time with his wife and grandchildren. Larry has written and published two books and several articles, and also enjoys playing golf

Spirit of Youth Award

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John "Jack" Martin
Director, Clark County Nevada
Department of Juvenile Justice

Director Jack Martin of the Clark County Department of Juvenile Justice Services has served over three decades in law enforcement, both in the adult and juvenile arenas.

Jack began his career in California before transitioning to both Arizona and Hawaii as a subject matter expert to assist those State’s successfully rebuild their troubled correctional systems due to Federal oversight matters regarding health and safety of the residents.   Jack moved to Nevada in 2009 as the Chief of the Youth Parole Bureau and transferred to Clark County in 2011, where he accepted the position of Assistant Director and then promoted in 2013 to the position of Director.

Jack earned his degrees in Criminal Justice Administration and Communications, his Master’s in Public Policy, is a national speaker for operational issues surrounding cultural change and leadership coaching and development within law enforcement and government agencies. Jack is an expert in designing and teaching evidence based curriculum, and turning around troubled departments. Jack was lucky enough to find his sweetheart early in life and is blessed to be raising his children with his best friend.

Spotlight Award

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Michelle Kaufer
American Street Kid

Michelle Kaufer is a founding partner in An 11:11 Experience and is dedicated to the mission of producing media to create positive social change.

Most recent film credits include producing the award-winning feature documentary American Street Kid about America’s homeless youth, the narrative feature film When Today Ends about teen suicide, and FAMOUS, a narrative feature film that confronts sexual abuse in the entertainment industry.

Los Angeles theater credits include producing The Playground, which ran for multiple years at the Hudson Theatre and received outstanding reviews, the smash-hit play Elevator, which ran for 11 months at the Coast Playhouse, and garnered multiple awards including Critics’ Pick and Best Bet from the L.A. Times.

Michelle’s most recent television credits include producing Wrench Wars for MavTV, Turn and Burn for the Discovery Channel, and Delta Divers and Virgin Galactic for National Geographic.

Michelle is also a co-founder of Spare Some Change, an ongoing campaign and social movement to raise awareness for homeless youth.

Sponsorship Opportunities

We invite you to consider sponsoring Celebrating the Spirit of Youth at the levels outlined on the chart below. All funds raised will support NRS’ work to fulfill our mission of supporting young people in crisis, keeping them safe and off the streets, and ultimately ending youth homelessness. Click here to purchase your sponsorship package today. Please contact Jeff Stern,, with questions or if you need additional information.


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