Reading In Motion’s Spotlight Series
Meet Blake Roter, Auxiliary Board Member
It’s crazy how a seemingly minor decision, like the decision to attend an event, might impact the rest of your life. Five-year Reading In Motion Auxiliary Board Member, Blake Roter, knows all about this. In 2013, Blake’s friend invited him to Reading In Motion’s 30th Anniversary Gala, and Blake accepted. At the event, Blake was drawn to the organization’s early childhood literacy mission and eventually joined the Auxiliary Board. Once on the board, Blake became friends with current member Lindsay Martin, who had her sights set on playing cupid. After getting to know Blake, she thought he’d be a great match for her good friend, Julie Shulman, and introduced them to each other at a party she hosted.
Flash forward to today, and Blake and Lindsay’s friend, now Julie Roter, recently returned to Chicago from their post-wedding honeymoon! Needless to say, Lindsay’s match-making skills were on point.
Not too long after all of the wedding festivities, Blake quickly got to work organizing Reading In Motion’s 6th Annual Cubs Rooftop Event, an event that has been Blake’s passion project for the past 3 years. Blake led last year’s efforts and produced a sold-out event, and more than doubled the event’s net revenue!
Growing up in Northbrook, IL, Blake played baseball himself, and regularly attended Cubs Games. When he isn’t practicing law at Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, he still plays in softball leagues today. Given his passion, it seems like a natural fit that Blake would enjoy planning the Cubs event for Reading In Motion!
Although Blake’s wife, Julie, didn’t grow up with the same baseball passion, she eagerly joins Blake at Cubs games throughout the year and supports Blake’s efforts by attending Reading In Motion’s annual rooftop event. Blake loves that the event provides a great excuse for friends, family and work colleagues to come together for a night of food and fun, all while supporting a cause he feels passionate about. He feels that the event can be seen as a Spring rite-of-passage for Chicagoans.
Blake hopes to see you there and wants to remind you that you never know how the decision to attend the event may impact the rest of your life!
Congratulations to Blake for being named one of the Jewish United Fund’s 36 under 36 in Chicago. Learn more about this honor here.