Our Signature Programs

The Community Expo featuring the Music and Arts Explosion is an annual back to school family event held in August offering free backpacks filled with school supplies, free haircuts, immunizations, dental exams  and a variety of entertainment. 

The Music Arts Explosion exposes the community to a variety of local artists including musicians, poets, dance troops, and so much more.
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In 2006, the Music and Arts Explosion was expanded to include a variety of services to support various needs of the community which included health screenings, home ownership information, financial education, CPR training and educational enhancement support.

15th Community Expo Featuring The 17th Annual Music Arts Explosion

The Community Expo featuring the Music and Arts Explosion is an annual back to school family event held in August offering free backpacks filled with school supplies, free haircuts, immunizations, dental exams  and a variety of entertainment. 

In 1983, the inaugural “A Tribute to Black Men” gala honored 12 distinguished Black men for their outstanding contributions and accomplishments. Since its inception, "A Tribute to Black Men" has honored 358 unsung heroes who have made outstanding contributions to society through their professions, civic or community service.      

Some of our Monarch Men have included: the late Entertainer Oscar Brown, Jr., Journalist Harry Porterfield, Rapper/Actor Common, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, Chicago Radio Legend the late Herb Kent, Actor Harry Lennix, and the 44th President of the United States, Barack H. Obama. Our past Monarch Men are agents of change within their respective professions and many remain engaged and influential in our communities.

Monarch Men are generally honored for their service in the following areas: Business, Communication, Education, Fine Arts, Law, Medicine, Public Service, Religion, Sports and Statesmanship

This year marks our 38th Annual Monarch Awards Foundation Gala!  Click the flyer for tickets!

38th Monarch Awards Foundation Gala: "A Tribute to Black Men" Honoring Chicago's Unsung (H.B.C.U.)

In 1983, the inaugural “A Tribute to Black Men” gala honored 12 distinguished Black men for their outstanding contributions and accomplishments. Since its inception, "A Tribute to Black Men" has honored 358 unsung heroes who have made outstanding contributions to society through their professions, civic or community service.

Monarch Men are generally honored for their service in the following areas: Business, Communication, Education, Fine Arts, Law, Medicine, Public Service, Religion, Sports and Statesmanship

This year marks our 38th Annual Monarch Awards Foundation Gala!

Monarch Awards Foundation, Inc. began the Community Feeding Program in 2005 in an effort to support food insecure families in the Englewood community through a  partnership with Beautiful Zion Missionary Baptist Church.

This annual Thanksgiving outreach program provides turkeys and other food items that can be used during the holidays and beyond. 

Through our partnership with local and national organizations, we have expanded our community feeding to include health screenings, vaccinations, seasonal wraps and essential services.

Past partners and sponsors of our Annual Community Feeding have included the

Bamenda Coffee, Edible Arrangements, Cradles to Crayons, EVIO 360 Soles, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Illinicare Heath, Love Tito's, Mariano's, Passion Eats Catering, Pepsico, Turner Construction, Walgreens, Whole Foods and Winston For Good.  Keep up-to-date on all Monarch Awards Foundation events, programs and so much more. Like our Facebook page, follow us on Instagram and Twitter.  Thank you for your continued support.

Please visit our Events page frequently for upcoming events!

Annual Community Feeding

Monarch Awards Foundation, Inc. began the Community Feeding Program in 2005 in an effort to support food insecure families in the Englewood community through a partnership with Beautiful Zion Missionary Baptist Church.

This year marks our 17th annual Reimagined Event!

The Easter EggStravaganza is a fun-filled family event held during the Easter season to celebrate the beginning of Spring and allow families and children an opportunity to interact socially and participate in interactive and traditional games.

A traditional Easter egg hunt with decorated eggs for children is the most exciting part of this annual event. When the hunt is over, prizes are awarded for various achievements.  

Other games such as sack racing, sponge ball toss, tic, tac, toe and other child-friendly games are essential to this exciting event.

Easter Eggstravaganza

The Easter EggStravaganza is a fun-filled family event held during the Easter season to celebrate the beginning of Spring and allow families and children an opportunity to interact socially and participate in interactive and traditional games.

To celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the MLK day of service highlight’s Dr. King’s teachings as a way to strengthen and empower your youth in their local communities.

We focus on volunteer projects, educational outreach and enhancement and community engagement in the Chicago area. Monarch Awards Foundation members volunteer and serve embodying the question of Dr. King.

“What are you doing for others?”  MLK

Martin Luther King, Jr. - Day of Service

Annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We focus on volunteer projects, educational outreach and enhancement and community engagement in the Chicago area.

The Teen Esteem Program, the signature mentoring program of the Monarch Awards Foundation, is designed to enrich the lives of young ladies in high school. Established in 2001 to address the personal and social enhancement needs of young ladies that are not always met through their academic institutions, the Teen Esteem Program helps prepare high school girls for challenges within and beyond high school.

The Teen Esteem Program focuses on areas such as:

College readiness
Financial literacy
Health education
Social etiquette

The inaugural class of the Teen Esteem Program was composed of fifteen freshmen, sophomores and juniors, all attending Chicago metropolitan public and private high schools. Developing leadership skills, cultivating self-awareness and self-esteem, and promoting civic and community service are the hallmarks of this teen girls mentoring program.

Teen Esteem Program

The Teen Esteem Program, the signature mentoring program of the Monarch Awards Foundation, is designed to enrich the lives of young ladies in high school.

Established in 2001 to address the personal and social enhancement needs of young ladies that are not always met through their academic institutions, the Teen Esteem Program helps prepare high school girls for challenges within and beyond high school.