Diana Ware’s involvement with Children’s Place began in the 1990s when she first supported the organization’s Chicago programs serving children affected by HIV/AIDS. Over the years, Diana and her family have contributed to Children’s Place in a variety of ways, including “adopting” a struggling family — a mother and four young children living in various homeless shelters — enabling them to have their first apartment, furniture, new clothes, school supplies, food and, most of all, hope. In 2011, 2012 and 2013, Diana served as Chair of the Once Upon a Time Gala, Children’s Place Association’s annual black-tie fundraiser. Due to her efforts, hundreds of thousands of dollars in financial support were generated, resulting in a profound and life-saving impact for children facing extreme poverty and illness in Chicago and overseas. In 2013, Diana joined the Place the Hope committee for Children’s Place International, resulting in a substantial increase in funds raised to support extremely vulnerable children in Haiti. Diana is the Vice President, Corporate Senior Risk Manager with Alliant/Mesirow Insurance Services.