Teesee’s Town: The Emotions, NEIU mark the legacy of Dr. Donn F. Bailey

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The Foundation of Northeastern Ilinois University presents a benefit concert for the Donn F. Bailey Legacy Hall renovation on Thursday, 7:30 p.m., in NEIU’s Auditorium, 5500 N. St. Louis Ave. The event stars The Emotions in Emotional Memory, a new m

The Foundation of Northeastern Ilinois University presents a benefit concert for the Donn F. Bailey Legacy Hall renovation on Thursday, 7:30 p.m., in NEIU’s Auditorium, 5500 N. St. Louis Ave. The event stars The Emotions in "Emotional Memory," a new musical featuring their 1977 pop classic, “Best of My Love” and other hits. NBC 5’s Warner Saunders, an NEIU alum, will emcee.

Donn F. Bailey, Ph.D. worked in public education all of his adult life. After spending 12 years in Chicago Public Schools, he helped found NEIU’s Center of Inner City Studies and secured funding for its renovation in 1976. He served as director of the Center and as professor of Inner City Studies for more than 20 years, and continued to teach after his retirement.

In honor of his legacy in serving NEIU and the community with distinction and dedication, and for his 42 years of service in public education. NEIU celebrates Dr. Bailey’s memory by renaming the auditorium at the Carruthers Centner for Inner City Studies, 700 E. Oakwood Blvd., the Donn F. Bailey Legacy Hall. To purchase $100 and $500 tickets, call (773) 442-4633.

Newsy Names – Happy 99th b’day to Clara Bray who celebrated with family, friends and travel club members at a party hosted by her son and daughter-in-law, Agis Jr. and Irby. Born in Lake Providence, La., the b’day girl is a grad of Wendell Phillips High School. And b’day wishes to retired school marm Hattie Burton (ABC 7’s Cheryl’s mom), who partied hearty with kinfolk and friendfolk in her south Florida winter abode. And Dr. Joseph Lavizzo, retired CPS principal, b’day partied in his South Side home. (Joe and I go way, way back to St. Anselm Elementary School.)

Get well prayers for Abe Thompson in Oak Park Hospital and Shirley Hopson, who’s recuperating at home. Heartfelt sympathy to Amy Hilliard (CEO of Comfort Cake Co.), on the loss of her beloved dad, Stratford Hilliard, 88, Detroit’s retired director of its Drug Treatment Program. (He founded and ran the largest methadone treatment program in the U.S.)

Congrats to Dr. Sandra Givens on being inducted into the prestigious National Women of Achievement Inc. Dr. Susan Frazier, president, and Dr. Carrie Filer Davis, executive board member and past national president, conducted the candle-lit ceremony at the home of Achiever Helen Davis Gardner, M.D. Other members on hand:Vivian Filer Branton, Shirley Venerable, Josephine Aldrich Anderson, Rose Carter, Jewel Sims and Marion Bond.

Coming soon: Grill 71, a new classy restaurant in South Shore.

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