LHF to honor Connie Lindsey with Spirit of Achievement Award

Connie L. Lindsey, executive vice president of Northern Trust and national president of the Girl Scouts of the USA, picks up Loretto Hospital Foundation’s Spirit of Achievement Award on Thursday at the eighth annual dinner at the Hyatt Regency Hotel

Connie L. Lindsey, executive vice president of Northern Trust and national president of the Girl Scouts of the USA, picks up Loretto Hospital Foundation’s Spirit of Achievement Award on Thursday at the eighth annual dinner at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. She’ll also be honored with the establishment of the Cancer Resource Center that will bear her name. Derrick Blakley, CBS 2 reporter who’s been couragesly battling multiple myeloma, cancer of the bone marrow, guest speaks; ABC7’s Cheryl Burton emcees. The yearly event recognizes “exemplary individuals who have demonstrated a life-long commitment to improving the lives of others and their community,” according to organizers, raises money for the hospital and introduces the hospital to others outside of the Austin community who would not otherwise know about the facility or its work. Contact Barry Axler, (773) 854-5007.

Summit Scene – National Urban League president and former New Orleans mayor, Marc H. Morial, keynotes Chicago Urban League’s Summit 2011, Accelerating the Economic Recovery, Tuesday at the Hilton Chicago. The event, focusing on jobs, equal opportunity and workforce investment, will include remarks by Andrea L. Zopp, Chicago Urban League president/CEO, and a panel discussion with Chancellor Cheryl Hyman of the City Colleges of Chicago, Warren Ribley, director of the Ill. Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and Shelly Stern, citizenship director of Microsoft’s central and southwest regions. ABC 7’s Cheryl Burton moderates. Buy $75-$150 tickets online: www.thechicagourbanleague.org.

Alumni Accolade Dorothy Miller Cobbs, a grad of Jackson State University (Mississippi) and a musician par excellence, will be saluted by the National Alumni Association on April 16, 4 p.m., at a Scholarship Concert with the Jackson State University Chorale at St. Mark United Methodist Church. Besides being the minister of music at two Chicago churches, Cobbs served in the Gary, Ind. public school system for 33 years – a teacher for 15 and administrator for 18. She was also executive director of Hal Jackson’s Miss Talented Teen International Pageant. In 2010 she judged the competition in Bermuda and will attend the Jr. Miss America Pageant in May in St. Croix, Virgin Islands. Donation to the benefit concert is $20; call (773) 268-7727.

Book-Look  Dr. Lawrence Jackson, author of The indignant Generation: A Narrative History of African American Writers and Critics 1934-1960, kicks off his Chicago book tour at DuSable Museum on Thursday, 5:30 p.m., continues at various Chicago and suburban locations and concludes Sunday, 2 p.m., at Woodson Regional Library. Covering that neglected period between the Harlem Renaissance and the Civil Rights movement, the tome discusses the political and artistic milieu in which writers like Richard Wright, Gwendolyn Brooks, Ralph Ellison and Lorraine Hansberry produced their greatest works. Come find out why scholar Cornel West said: "This is a magisterial book. Jackson is a first rate historian – I salute him!" Call Kensey & Kensey, (773) 288-8776.

Gala Guy Les Coney, Mesirow Financial’s executive vice president and a member of the board of directors of the League of Chicago Theatres, has signed on as co-chair of the League’s 2011 Spring Gala on May 16 in the newly opened JW Marriott Chicago Hotel on West Adams Street. During the ”black-tie optional” event LCT’s Tribute Award will be presented to The Boeing Co., which is headed by James A. Bell, corporate president and chief financial officer. LCT is an alliance of theaters which promotes, supports and advocates for Chicago’s theater industry locally, nationally and internationally. The Gala is the premier event to support the dozens of programs and services that LCT provides to more than 200 Chicago theater companies, including workshops, HotTix, Theater Thursdays and Free Night of Theater.

In Support – Retired educator Dr. Gloria Latimore Peace hosts a fundraiser for two living legends, Okoro Harold Johnson, and Baba Hannibal Afrik, both of whom are facing medical challenges. Johnson is an actor, director and playwright; Afrik has given leadership and service to the Black Liberation Movement for over four decades as a Pan-Afrikan Nationalist, community activist, educator, author and institution-builder. The event is Saturday, 1 p.m., at Malcolm X College. “If your schedule doesn’t allow you to attend,” says Dr. Peace, “please buy a ticket or two to show the same support they have shown us over the last 50 years. E-mail this to your friends and let’s fill the house to show some love.”

Slated to perform: musicians Willie Pickens, Ari Brown, Yosef Ben Israel, Avreeayl Ra, Greg Penn, Vince Willis, Prince Saleem, Corey Wilkes, Ernest Dawkins, Mwata Bowden; singers Julia Huff, Joan Collaso, Maggie Brown, Loretta Lee, Senabella; Muntu Dance Theater of Chicago, Najwa Dance Corps, Minianka Dance Co., Fred Baker West African Dancers, Alyo Children’s Dance Co., Mr. Tap, Rico, Sax Preacher and poets Oba King and Khari B. Tickets: $22; $25 at the door. Purchase online: www.unitedscolarsassistance.com or call Fran Young, (224) 650-0140.

Newsy Names – Happy b’day to Real Times’ head honcho Hiram Jackson, United Parcel’s “tall drink of water” LaRue Martin, TUCC’s Ron Anderson, Lisa Miller-Holt, Joyce McCain-Doty, Joslyn DiPasalegne, Roderick Sawyer, Monroe Anderson, Midge Kimberly, Senabella Gill, Jim Stricklin, Kimberly Edmonds, Charles Walker, Eric Thomas, Hank Meyer, Wanda J. Bishop. Susan Peters, Corky McClerkin, Nate Grant, Chef Cordell McCray, Grace Lajoy Little, Daniel Hammond We hear that Rev. Henry O. Hardy, pastor of Cosmopolitan Com
munity Church, has announced to his faithful that he is dissolving his marriage to the former
Tandria Jemison, a hair designer and South Shore beauty salon proprietor. They were wed in Nov. ’09 during nuptials conducted by Rev. Clay Evans. Rev. Hardy’s second surprise announcement to his parishioners: he is stepping down as Cosmopolitan’s pastor after 44 years of leading the congregation. Who knew ?

Carol Bell, Defender’s director of finance, is one of 12 to receive a Rhomania Torch Award on Saturday from Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority at Everything that Blings! at Chateau Del Mar. Spearheads: Bethel L. White, president; Carolyn G. Palmer, chair; and Jacquelynn D. Thweatt-Pippen, awards chair … Real Men Cook for Charity, national Father’s Day initiative co-founded by Yvette Moyo-Gillard, was honored at the 32nd annual Drum Major for Justice Awards Dinner in Atlanta, given by SCLC/Women’s Organizational Movement for Equality Now Inc. in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, the anniversary of his death. The award was presented by Evelyn Gibson Lowery, founding chair … Dr. Keith Hampton, directs the Chicago Community Chorus in Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem), Opus 45 on Saturday, 2 p.m. at Comer Youth Center, 7200 S. Ingleside. The all-volunteer choir of over 130 voices will perform the seven movement work for chorus, soloists and orchestra in German, featuring piano accompaniment by Yvonne Lindsey, the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project and soloists, Dorothy Canady, soprano, and Brandon Brown, baritone … Congrats to two of my fav-o-rite radio guys, V-103’s Ramonski Luv and Joe Soto, who celebrate “Year 7 of Togetherness” on Saturday at House of Blues … Former gang member Wallace “Gator” Bradley was cited by Urban Shake and Museum 44, the young adult division of A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porters’ Museum, at One People, One History, One Future.

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