Spring Fling

Mark your calendars for Thursday, June 13, 2019, for the 31st Annual Spring Fling at the Merchandise Mart benefiting The John Buck Company Foundation and VOCEL. For additional information about the event, please contact Spring Fling Coordinator, Donna Wright, at (312) 441-4105 or dwright@tjbc.com.

Founded to bring exemplary education opportunities to underserved communities in Chicago, VOCEL reconceptualizes early learning during children’s most formative years (0–3 years) through innovative, two-generational programming. VOCEL’s Child Parent Academy is a scalable preschool-readiness and parent support program that builds key social-emotional and language skills in children and equips parents to be effective teachers. Through VOCEL’s program young children and their parents learn side-by-side fostering social connections and capital among a community of peers. VOCEL’s focus on continuous, strategic innovation ensures that children build a foundation for future academic learning while empowering their parents/caregivers with key child development knowledge to help their children succeed. Given the community need, VOCEL aims to scale its program and to impact over 800 families in the next three years.

The John Buck Company Spring Fling

Spring Fling is unique to The John Buck Company and is now the leading springtime charity celebration in the Chicago Real Estate community. Over the past 30 years, Spring Fling has raised more than $13 million for Chicago non-profit organizations. What started as a few hundred dollars in a baseball cap among 6 people has evolved into premier springtime event with over 2,600 attendees each year.


  • 2019 VOCEL
  • 2018 Working on Womanhood, Youth Guidance
  • 2017 By The Hand Club for Kids 
  • 2016 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chicago
  • 2015 Off The Streets Club
  • 2014 Working in the Schools
  • 2013 New Schools for Chicago
  • 2012 Noble Network of Charter Schools
  • 2011 US Empowered
  • 2010 High Jump
  • 2009 Legacy Charter School
  • 2008 Hephzibah Children’s Services
  • 2007 Holy Family Lutheran School
  • 2006 B.U.I.L.D.
  • 2005 LEARN Charter School
  • 2004 Sam Miguel School
  • 2003 HighSight
  • 2002 Lutheran Family Mission
  • 2001 Horizons for Youth
  • 2000 Junior Achievement
  • 1999 Link Unlimited
  • 1998 Metropolitan Family Services
  • 1997 Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights
  • 1996 Victor C. Neumann Association
  • 1995 Chicago Cares
  • 1994 Junior Achievement
  • 1993  United Charities
  • 1992  Golden Apple
  • 1991 Boys & Girls Club of Chicago
  • 1990 Boys & Girls Club of Chicago
  • 1989 Boys & Girls Club of Chicago