Quintin Primo keynotes Good in the City fundraiser at Northerly Island

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Quintin E. Primo III, chair and CEO of Capri Capital Partners, speaks for Building the Peace, the 2012 Gala that celebrates “Good in the City” May 10 at Northerly Island, 1400 S. Lynn White Dr. (along Chicago’s magnificent lakefront).

Quintin E. Primo III, chair and CEO of Capri Capital Partners, speaks for Building the Peace, the 2012 Gala that celebrates “Good in the City” May 10 at Northerly Island, 1400 S. Lynn White Dr. (along Chicago’s magnificent lakefront).

Also being celebrated: Maggie Daley, former first lady of Chicago, who receives the Posthumous Philanthropic Award; Pastor Jackson Crum, of Park Community Church, the William H. Leslie Memorial Urban Pastor Award; Beverly Meek, vice president of Global Philanthropy at JP Morgan Chase, the Angel Award; and Rev. Charles Jenkins, president and CEO of GoodCityChicago and pastor of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church.

Named to the prestigious planning committee as co-chairs or “Good City Ambassadors” — Abe Thompson, Tyronne Stoudemire, Les Coney, Cheryle Jackson, Deborah O. Brown, Julian Green, Ralph Hughes, Lisa James, Nicole Johnson-Scales, Gyata Kimmons, Juan B. Kirkman, Jimmy Lee, Dr. Renee Matthews, Kimberly McCullough, Stephen Mitchell, Pastor Kent Munsey, Terry Peterson, Wynona Redmond, Larry Rogers Jr., Paul Stewart, Erika Simmons and Dionne Williams. NBC 5 is media host.

Honorary chairs: Mayor Rahm Emanuel, former Mayor Richard M. Daley, Gov. Pat Quinn and Larry Wert. To purchase V.I.P. tickets at a $250 donation — or gen’l admission @ $100) — contact Lisa Newman, (773) 330-5472.

For 26 years, GoodCity has worked to empower leaders and build community in underserved neighborhoods across Chicago. The approach to development is simple: empower leaders. Goodcity is founded on the value of human potential and the belief that “empowered people become engaged citizens who build stable, healthy communities.” Goodcity works to enhance the capacity of community members in working together to develop leaders, access resources and alleviate problems plaguing neighborhoods — this in a variety of ways, but primarily through work with nonprofit startups.

For Entrepreneurs! – TV personality, Daymond John, ABC-TV’s Shark Tank star, founder, president/CEO of the urban clothing line, FUBU (For Us By Us), comes to town May 23 when Black Enterprise, (the magazine) kicks off its 2012 Entrepreneurs Conference & Expo at the Chicago Hilton with a powerhouse line-up of some of the nation’s most accomplished and celebrated entrepreneurs.

The three-day conference which brings together more than 1,200 of the country’s leading entrepreneurs and corporate execs, is designed to provide attendees with the newest and most innovated strategies from today’s top business minds and provide high-powered networking opportunities critical to their efforts to take their businesses to the next level of profitability.

John helps kick-off the opening, Equity Date with an Angel, where attendees will gain insights into how to position their business and craft their pitch to secure capital from angel investors. Select participants will meet one-on-one with private investors during business coaching sessions.

Among other speakers: Tavis Smiley, The Smiley Group; Angela Benton, Black Web Media LLC; Michael Baisden, author-host, Michael Baisden Show; Kim Coles, actress, TV personality; Chris Genteel, Global Diversity; Gina Neely, Down Home with the Neelys; Magnus Greaves, CASHFLOW; Nadine Thompson, Soul Purpose Lifestyle Co.; Marcus Samuelsson, chef-restauranteur; and Quintin E. Primo III.

Conference hosts: Nationwide Insurance; Ariel Investments, Dell, GM, Google, PepsiCo, Walmart, FedEx, Fifth Third Bank, Wendy’s, American Airlines, Bill & Melina Gates Foundation, PR Newswire, WVON-Radio. Contact: AndrΘ Wadium, (212) 886-9598; wadiuma@blackenterprise.com

Newsy Names – Congrats to my beloved pastor, the Rev. Otis Moss III, of Trinity United Church of Christ, who receives his Doctorate of Ministry degree from Chicago Theological Seminary at a Graduation Ceremony on May 12, 10:30 a.m., at Apostolic Church of God, 6320 S. Dorchester. Way to go, Doctor Moss! Same day, Julieanna Richardson, founder of The HistoryMakers, receives an honorary doctorate degree from Howard University during commencement exercises in Washington, D.C. Wow-wie, Doctor Richardson!

Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., major domo of Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, and Anthony K. (Van) Jones, Green Jobs adviser to the President Obama administration and special adviser for Green Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), are among 150 “visionary speakers” on tap for GreenFestival, a project of Green America and Global Exchange. It returns to Navy Pier, May 5-6 (Saturday, noon-8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.) with some 350 exhibitors. Visit GreenFestival.org for online discount tickets

Hats off to media sistahs, Tasha E. Ransom, WPWR My50 Perspective producer, and Kimbriell Kelly, host! Both are nominated for Peter Lisagor Awards for “Best TV Public Affair Programming” for Living with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) on Friday at the Lisagor Awards Dinner at the Union League Club. Perspective airs Sundays at noon on WPWR (Ch 50). Living with ADHD can be viewed at my50chicago.com. Click on watch Perspective on Sundays at Noon … The Chicago Mass Choir, under the leadership of Dr. Veranda Williamson and Dr. Percy Gray, “makes a joyful noise” at its annual concert on Saturday, 7 p.m., at Sweet Holy Spirit Church, 8621 South Chicago. Tickets, $15, advance; $17, at the door the Rev. Charles Jenkins, pastor, Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, invites us all to Pray, Praise & Worship at noon (Wednesday) and free lunch at Macy’s on State St. (Enter at Randolph; take the Wabash elevator up)

Happy b’day to Laura Washington, Les Coney, William T. Rogers, Barbara Sims Bell, Tangee Johnson, Rita Camille Bell, David Myles, Crystal Jones, Emily Barr, Georgette Greenlee Finney, George C. Fraser, Joseph G. Bertrand Jr., Tonya Sheard and Delores Scott. And also to “Teesee” and the Chicago Defender, who share a May 5 natal day – but not the same year! (Come have a cocktail with me this Wednesday “after-work” at the Marmon Grand with my guys, The Rat Pack!)

Anniversary Annals – Celebration and fellowship! They’re the keywords for the coming together of congregants, community, family, old and new friends when the Congregational Church of Park Manor, United Church of Christ, stages its 59th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, May 20, 3-6 p.m., at the church, 7000 S. King Dr. The day’s theme: “Moving Forward in Faith & Unity.”

Special music will be provided by Kevin Morriss
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, keyboard artist and native Chicagoan who over the years has shared the stage with such entertainers as B.B. King and the Pointer Sisters; he has also performed for a number of national leaders including the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. Park Manor’s interim pastor is Rev. Michelle Hughes; Josie M. Johnson is anniversary chair; Dr. Monica Howe and Dorothy Toney are co-chairs. For more, call the church office, (773) 224-4700.

Oops! My Bad! – In chronicling the passing of Randolph W. Savage, dear brother of former Rep. Gus Savage, I made two errors, for which I certainly apologize. I transposed numbers when I entered he had been married to his wife, Elizabeth, for 25 years; they had been wed for 52 years. Secondly, I reported he had three grandchildren. Correction: Randolph Savage is survived by one grandchild and two great grandchildren. I regret the errors and offer my apology to Mr. Savage’s son, Randy.

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