100 Black Men set 14th Annual Benefit Gala & Awards Program

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Tim King, Urban Prep Academies’ founder/CEO, adds yet another accolade to his ever-growing mantle of community recognitions when 100 Black Men of Chicago Inc. stages its 14th Annual Benefit Gala & Awards Program on May 7 at the Hyatt Regency.

Tim King, Urban Prep Academies’ founder/CEO, adds yet another accolade to his ever-growing mantle of community recognitions when 100 Black Men of Chicago Inc. stages its 14th Annual Benefit Gala & Awards Program on May 7 at the Hyatt Regency. The event honors King, Rev. Richard Toliver (St. Edmund Episcopal Church), Mike Lewis (Harris Bank), Lawrence Oliver (Boeing Corp.) and Ron Lofton (McDonald’s Owners-Operator of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana). Gala theme: Honoring Four for the Future, BMC’s work in mentoring, education, health/wellness and economic development.

BMC’s mission to help improve the quality of life and enhance educational opportunities for Chicago area young people is accomplished by mentoring at-risk youth, and the use of programs and scholarships. Benefit co-chairs: Thomas B. Henderson and Curtis Cooper; music by DJ Mark Fuller (a.k.a. Mark Fullaflava). Discounted online tickets are $155; single $200 tickets available by check or at the door. Visit http://www.100bmc.org.

Alumni Reception Dr. Beverly Wade Hogan, president of Tougaloo College (Tougaloo, Miss.), was in town recently, special guest of the Chicago Tougaloo Alumni Ass’n. She was recently named by President Barack Obama to his Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges & Universities which advises him and the U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on strengthening HBCUs. Dr. Hogan attended a scholarship fundraising reception in the lovely Kenwood home of Dr. and Mrs. Winston Burke (he’s the podiatrist; she’s Dr. Dianne Grant, vice president of medical management at Advocate Health Care and Advocate Medical Group at Trinity Hospital). CTAA is headed by Joyce Delk, president.

Also present: Tougaloo trustees, Carrie Lapsky Davis, of KHC Brokerage; Bernard Slaughter, of Slaughter & Sons Funeral Home; Dashawnda Brown, UNCF area development director, other Touglaloo alums, friends and supporters. Dr. Hogan detailed the state of the college and explained that “due to financial constraints, many students cannot afford to continue their education.” Funds generated from the reception will ensure that promising students will have an opportunity to pursue their educational goals “and reach their fullest potential.” Tougaloo is a private historically Black, liberal arts UNCF institution accessible to all persons regardless of race, ethnic origin, religion or creed.

Fashion Focus – The second $25,000 Eunice W. Johnson Fellowship, the Swarovski Scholarship and other surprise awards will be presented against the backdrop of Millennium Park in a tented venue at Chase Promenade North for the 77th annual School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s fashion show on May 5. Some 60 models will show designs on a 90-foot runway on a three-block walkway lined by nearly 200 trees located in Millennium Park. Fashion 2011, presented three times that day by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, will include The Walk 2011, an annual gala benefit held in conjunction with the fashion show co-chaired by Denise Gardner, among others.

The 2010 event raised over $310,000 and included the first-ever presentation of the Eunice W. Johnson Fellowship by her daughter, Linda Johnson Rice, to a graduating senior. The Swarovski Scholarship will be included in the evening’s scholarship presentations. Several students will incorporate Swarovski jewelry in their garments.

Another highlight: The SAIC Legend of Fashion Award to Ikram Goldman, owner of the renowned boutique ikram and trusted advisor to style-conscious women, First Lady Michelle Obama, among them. Since opening her Chicago boutique in 2001, Goldman has showcased stand-out designers such as Jason Wu, whose full-length inaugural gown was personally selected by Goldman for Mrs. Obama. Goldman also serves as an fashion advisor to other high-profile Chicago icons, including DesirΘe Rogers, Mellody Hobson and Johnson Rice.

Fashion 2011 will be presented at the 9 a.m. dress rehearsal, $40; noon and 3 p.m., $75; tickets to the three shows are on sale now; tickets are available online only at http://www.saic.edu/fashionshow. The Walk 2011 presented by Swarovski begins with a 6 p.m. cocktail reception, followed by a 7 p.m. runway show honoring Goldman and student awardees and concludes with an elegant 8 p.m. post-show dinner. Tickets: $500-$1,000 and tables, $5,000- $25,000. Call (312) 899-1439 for tickets, tables, sponsorships, etc.

Newsy Names Art Norman, retired NBC 5 newsman, emcees when the Defender honors 51 Women of Excellence on April 29 at the “sold out” High Tea & Champagne Reception at the Hyatt Regency Chicago hotel … St. Dunstan’s Choir of St. Edmund’s Episcopal Church stages The Seven Last Words of Christ, a sacred cantata for soli and chorus with organ and tympani accompaniment, on Good Friday, 7:30 p.m., at the church, 6105 S. Michigan. Hosts: Rev. Dr. Richard L. Tolliver, rector; Rev. David Stanford, assistant priest … Sympathy to Janel Temple on last week’s death of her dad, Herb Temple, Johnson Publishing Co.’s former executive art director. The JPC symbol representing Ebony and Jet, was Temple’s creation. Funeral arrangements were incomplete at deadline … Juanita Passmore presents her fifth annual Deborah’s Way Luncheon dedicated to the memory of her mom, Abia Jenkins, and her friend and community activist, Natalie Puryear, on Mothers’ Day, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at South Shore Cultural Center. Donation for the 17-item buffet meal is $15 which also includes a tour of SSCC’s Margaret Burroughs Gallery where a DuSable Museum rep will talk about the legendary icon who founded the museum. Call (773) 643-7337 … Dr. Bonita Carr, former executive director and national director of education of Rainbow/PUSH Coalition’s PUSH Excel, is the new executive director of Lighthouse Youth Center, a brand new million dollar facility in Bronzeville. Lighthouse has partnered with the Common Ground and Dwayne Wade Foundations. Also Dr. Carr has founded Keen Insight Consulting, providing character education curriculum and school improvement advice to urban school districts across the nation.

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