Chicago Defender Charities, Inc.
Founded April 2, 1945, the Chicago Defender Charities' purpose then as now is "to promote, hold, operate and
conduct exhibitions, meets, contests, parades, concerts, shows, parties, seminars, festivals, picnics, dinners,
forums and meetings; to aid the infirm, poor, needy, unfortunate and deserving individuals; to give to religious
institutions, churches, schools, religious and social clubs, hospitals and sanitariums; to give away money and
other property to charity and other purposes as above set forth."
In 1929, the Bud Billiken® Parade and Picnic parade was sponsored by the Chicago Defender newspaper as
an event to award its newspaper carriers. In 1946, the Chicago Defender Charities, Inc. began sponsoring the parade.
On October 3, 1999, Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery was
dedicated as the 117th national cemetery within the Department of
Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration. Burial operations
began on October 12. The new 982-acre cemetery will serve
approximately one million veterans in the Chicago metropolitan area.
South Diagonal Road Elwood, Illinois 60421 (815)423-9958