Treasurer Maria Pappas, Candace Jordan join Black Men United to hand out gifts along Michigan Avenue for Father's Day

Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas, media personality “Candid” Candace Jordan and members of Black Men United will celebrate Father’s Day by handing out gifts from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, June 16 along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.

The event will take place at the southeast corner of Michigan Avenue and Pearson Street, near Water Tower Place. Pappas, Jordan and others have greeted passing pedestrians and motorists with gifts on Father’s Day for several years.

“We do this on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day as a way of spreading kindness,” Pappas said. “Working with Black Men United is always such a thrill because of how they give back to the community.”

Jordan writes a Chicago-based lifestyle blog at and is an associate publisher at Chicago Star Media. She is a former social columnist for the Chicago Tribune and Today’s Chicago Woman magazine.

Black Men United is a national community service organization with chapters in 37 states that focuses on restoring and rebuilding Black communities. Black Men United is led by the Rev. John F. Harrell, pastor of Proviso Missionary Baptist Church in Maywood.