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John Luce talks to the crowd at UNICEF's Hope Gala.Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for UNICEF) 0

John Luce’s personal connection to helping children

May 4th, 2017

They raised more than $1 million at the benefit for UNICEF’s Midwest office.

The event drew nearly 500 guests, including Morgan Stanley’s Joe Silich and his wife, Susie; Invessence wealth-management company co-founder Mary Lou Giustini; and John Luce, a top executive at KPMG who has a personal connection to the organization that helps children in developing countries.

Luce is a Loyola University graduate who had been a consultant at Arthur Anderson when his 23-year-old brother died of a rare form of kidney cancer in 1987.

The life-changing experience “forced me at a young age to re-evaluate my priorities,” Luce told me. He left his corporate career to study pediatric psychology, eventually working with young patients who had cancer or were victims of abuse or neglect.

After eight years, Luce returned to consulting. At KPMG, he leads a mergers and acquisitions practice focused on health care. Away from the office, he works with children’s nonprofits. Along with UNICEF, he also volunteers children’s oncology camps and is on the board of The Cradle adoption agency. He and his husband adopted their daughter through the organization.

Later this month, UNICEF will host an afternoon of games and entertainment for kids and families. It’s a program to focus on staying active and helping children around the globe–especially those who are malnourished, according to organizers. The event also is meant to call attention to Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) packets that are sent out around the globe. The Chicago event is May 20 at the Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier.

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