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2013


Barrons
“In Chicago, the fifth annual Invest For Kids Investment Conference, which benefits a number of local philanthropies, took place on Tuesday at the Harris Theater. Featured speakers including Trian Fund Management’s Nelson Peltz, Avenue Capital Group’s Marc Lasry, and Kingdon Capital Management’s Mark Kingdon helped swell the group’s coffers by a million dollars from 1,000 attendees. It’s money well spent in more than one way: Last year’s selections have risen 61% since, easily topping the 30% increase in the S&P 500.”
Medill Reports
“As seasoned players in the investment industry, Ron Levin and Ben Kovler are familiar with long-term investments. Five years ago, they decided to invest in a different kind of long-term opportunity: Chicago’s youth…Kovler says the speakers at the event are the conference’s “secret sauce. If you’re an investment manager, it’s like going to the All-Star game and seeing Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Byrd,” he said.”
Crain’s Chicago Business
“Real estate mogul Sam Zell says the U.S. real estate market is healthy, but he’s got some specific views on where to make the best bets.
Mr. Zell, speaking yesterday in Chicago at the Invest for Kids charity event, says he doesn’t foresee a “rising-tide market” where all real estate investors will benefit.”
Wall Street Journal
“Ron Levin and Ben Kovler had been to several Ira Sohn conferences in New York when they decided their hometown of Chicago needed something similar.”
Crain’s Chicago Business
“On Oct. 29, two groups in the Chicago area will end the day a little richer. The first group: the 1,000 or so people expected to attend the fifth annual Invest for Kids conference…….
The second group:seven local nonprofits that serve underprivileged kids. Each will walk away with a grant of at least $150,000.”
Make It Better
“Creating and measuring impact is the name of the game,” says 34-year-old philanthropist Ben Kovler as he describes Invest For Kids (IFK), Chicago’s Investable Ideas Conference. Kovler founded IFK with Ron Levin five years ago. Creating and measuring IFK’s impact—social, financial and professional—is a labor of love for both men.

2012


Marketfolly.com
“We wanted to give readers a head’s up that the fourth annual Invest For Kids Chicago conference is coming up on November 7th in Chicago.  Tons of big name hedge fund managers will present their latest investment ideas and 100% of the money raised goes directly to children’s charities so if you’re in the Midwest it’s definitely worth attending.  You can register for the event here.

 

2011


Barron’s
“The atmosphere was less than salubrious for the Invest for Kids conference in Chicago, which is modeled on the Ira Sohn Research Conference in New York and brings together some of the top U.S. money managers to proffer their best investment ideas, with conference proceeds going to charity.”
Reuters
“A luxury home builder. A hardware chain. A plus-size clothing retailer.
Those were some of the companies getting shoutouts on Wednesday as nearly a dozen of the country’s top money managers shared their best investment ideas for 2012 at a fund-raiser for children’s charities in Chicago.”
Marketfolly.com
“Yesterday at Invest For Kids Chicago, numerous high profile hedge fund managers shared their latest investment ideas. The event had 800 attendees and raised $1.1 million (100% of the proceeds went to charities benefiting children).”
Gurufocus.com
“Sam Zell recently gave a presentation at “Invest for Kids Chicago” where he touted investments in Brazil.
Zell said that globalization means that the gap between emerging markets and the West is closing.”
Benzinga.com
“Invest For Kids making an impact on kids all over Chicago.”
Insidermonkey.com
“The third annual Invest for Kids event raised more than $1 million for seven Chicago-area children’s charities, according to spokeswoman Molly Bett Kovler, including the Illinois Education Foundation, Open Books, the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund and the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation,” reports Reuters. Almost a dozen of the top hedge fund managers in the business were there, sharing their best investment ideas with the roughly 800 attendees to the event.

2010


Barron’s
“750 attendees collectively contributed more than $1 million for children’s charities. In return, they got lots of stock picks and other investment ideas from some prominent money managers.”
Chicago Tribune Sunday Business
A concise wrap-up of the 2010 speakers’ individual recommendations
Gurufocus.com
An in-depth analysis of the views and talking points of the 2010 speakers
Barron’s Follow-up
A spotlight on Meredith Whitney’s 2010 talk on municipal debt
Footnoted.com
“Invest For Kids, which benefits seven different groups that focus exclusively on providing services and programs to children in Chicagoland.”
Marketfolly.com
“Invest For Kids is modeled after the Ira Sohn Conference and features prominent hedge fund managers presenting their latest investment ideas to benefit local children in Chicago. Last year the event sold out and raised $800,000. 100% of the money raised directly benefits children via local charities so it’s a great cause.”
Crain’s Blogs
“Last year, investors who put an equal amount of money — say $100 —in each stock recommended at the Invest for Kids conference produced a portfolio that was up 17%, Mr. Kovler said. All of the nearly $1 million raised will be given to seven non-profits that help kids.”


2009


Barron’s Recap
An in-depth analysis of Sam Zell’s 2009 talk on the Chicago real estate market
Crain’s Blogs
“There’s a new fund-raiser in town that features a rock-star panel of business names and a 100% return to five area children’s charities.”


Press Releases


Post-event press release 2011
Pre-event press release 2011
Post-event press release 2010
Pre-event press release 2010


Videos


2010 charity video
2009 charity video

 


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