Alexandra’s Story: “Why I Do This”

Hello, current and potential RBA supporters!  My name is Alexandra Murman. I am a yoga studio owner and an inspired and honored supporter of Valerie Groth and the RBA team.  When I heard about their holiday campaign being centered around “Resiliency”, I jumped at the...

Buy A Burger & Beer = Support RBA During The Month Of January!

Happy New Year from RBA! We’re excited to share that during the month of January, Kuma’s Corner – a restaurant with 4 Chicagoland locations (Chicago on Belmont, Chicago West Loop, Vernon Hills, Schaumburg) as well as Indy and Denver locations –...

Happy New Year – And A Song Written And Performed By RBA Students!

Dear Ryan Banks Academy Supporters,  What is the biggest recurring theme for the most successful people, regardless of their field? Resilience! The ability to face great adversity, endure it, and come out even better on the other side. I’ve served on RBA’s board since...

An Epic Bike Ride for RBA

Hello to the RBA family! My name is Marne Smiley, and I’m the CEO of Bumper Lanes which is a full-service marketing agency. I first found out about RBA a few years ago via a long-time friend Ann Zeiler, who is the RBA Board Chair. Since then, I’ve had the...

What Would Tony Do?

Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday and I was planning to share a message about our “Resiliency” themed holiday campaign, and to share more stories about the resiliency that our amazing students and staff members have displayed this year.  But I would like to make...

Talk about resiliency!

Wow – what a year it has been.  This time last year, I never – not in a million years – would have anticipated that we would be over 8 months into a world-wide pandemic.  And if you had told me that our students would be attending virtual school as a result – well,...

Year 3 has begun!!

In naming this post I considered alternative titles such as “The Craziest Start to the School Year of all Time”… but that seemed a bit dramatic 😉  But truly – who would have ever expected that we would be kicking off the 2020-2021 school year...

Summer Reflections: COVID Edition

Typically this time of year, I am just returning from a vacation to a small island off the coast of Cancun that I visit every year.  There’s a beautiful pathway along the ocean that I walk along each morning, before the sun gets too hot to be anywhere but...

Wow – what a month!

The ending of this post is by far the most important, so please skip there if you like. First, a quick recap: we are just floored by the overwhelming response to our virtual gala a couple weeks ago!! We weren’t sure what to expect in a virtual setting, but our...

About Last Night’s Virtual Gala…

Thank you all so much again to everyone who joined our virtual fundraising event last night, “Limitless: A Night of Inspiration and Levity for Ryan Banks Academy.” We are truly blown away by the support you all have shown and are continuing to show today. Our donation...