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The celebrity spotlight focuses on Sherri Shepherd, comic, actress (Precious), author, co-host of the ABC’s The View and executive producer and star of Lifetime’s Sherri Show, when she comes “home” Saturday to receive a “Sup

    The celebrity spotlight focuses on Sherri Shepherd, comic, actress (Precious), author, co-host of the ABC’s The View and executive producer and star of  Lifetime’s Sherri Show, when she comes “home” Saturday to receive a “Superstar” award from DuSable Museum at its annual Night of 100 Stars. Also honored at the glittering evening of entertainment and dancing: Jim Reynolds, co-founder, chair and CEO of Loop Capital, “Meteor” award;” and Damani Bolden, student member of the Chicago Board of Education and a senior at Lindbloom Math & Science Academy, “Rising Star.”  Upon entering the museum, guests will walk the red carpet, sip cocktails and enjoy an exquisite buffet supper prepared by several of Chicago’s leading caterers.      Spearheading the $300 per ticket black-tie gala: Pauline and Jim Montgomery and Sandra and Tim Rand, gala co-chairs; Cheryl Blackwell Bryson, chair, board of trustees; Dr. Carol L. Adams, DuSable Museum president and CEO; Dr. Margaret T. Burroughs, founder and executive director emeritus; and Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Richard Daley, honorary chairs.    Gala proceeds will fund DuSable’s educational programs and its current exhibit schedule. Call (773) 947-0600 or visit www.dusable.org.     NABJ News – State Senator Kwame Raoul, D-13th Dist.; Evanston’s Ald. Lionel Jean-Baptiste, Haitian Congress to Fortify Haiti; Patrick Brutus, co-founder, Haitian-American Professionals Network; Mary Mitchell, Sun-Times columnist; and Marielle Sainvilus, discuss the news coverage of January’s earthquake in Haiti at Thursday’s 5:30 p.m. meeting of Chicago-National Association of Black Journalists at Red Kiva, 1108 W. Randolph; discussion begins 6 p.m. Columbia College Prof. Stephanie Shonekan moderates. Proceeds benefit Haiti relief efforts. Members attend free, but are encouraged to donate to help quake victims in Haiti. Non-NABJ-Chicago members are asked to donate a minimum of $5.       Condolences – to Vivienne Cornell on the passing of her 104-year-old mother, Juanita Ware Caldwell. Services are Saturday, 10 a.m., at St. James Church, 93rd and Lafayette. Mrs. Ware and my mom were the best of friends and traveled together as members of “The Ramblers” … Also our sympathy goes to a dear pal, Myrtle Day Taylor, owner of The Day School, on the loss of her hubby, Ellworth, a retired hospital administrator. A memorial is Saturday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., at the school, 1120 W. 87th St. … Also to the family of Noel White, a longtime McDonald Restaurant owner, who service was Monday at Cage Memorial Chapel. He’s survived by his wife, Charlene, two daughters and other relatives.     Fashion Forward – Hats off to Jermikko Shoshana Johnson, fashion designer with a B.F.A. degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, who’ll be named “2010 Woman of the Year” by the Society of Mannequins (formerly the Association of Mannequins) on March 14 at its Annual Presentation Luncheon saluting “Best Dressed African American Women of Chicago” at DiNolfo’s in suburban Mokena. Jermikko has racked up a slew of prestigious honors, including the first African American to win “Designer of the Year” by the Apparel Industry Board Inc. She began her career in 1968 and designed for several fashion houses before starting her own in 1979 in a studio apartment with $50, two tree trunks as chairs, a home sewing machine, metal card table, three yards of fabric and a six-pound Aussie dog, whose “job” was to act as the fabric weight. In October, Jermikko, one of a half-dozen designers with a long history in Chicago, was featured in Macy’s Fashion Focus Chicago in Millennium Park.      A couple of CBS execs, Shawnell Richie and Pamela Jones, picking up “best dressed” honors for the third consecutive year, will be elevated to SOM’s prestigious Trophy Board and no longer will be required to compete for the distinguished title. Richie is Ch. 2’s public affairs director; Jones, reporter and Northwest Indiana bureau chief. Other three-year honorees: Dr. Blondean Y. Davis, District 162 superintendent, Matteson; Carolyn Griffin-Palmer, District 162 principal, Matteson; Josephine Wade, owner, Capt.’s Hard Time Dining; and Dewetts Thompson, director, YWCA’s government funded programs. Two-year honorees are Darmille Rush, owner, Peaceful Process Document Services; and Zenobia Evans, two-term Riverdale mayor who now heads the suburban Park District. Chosen “best dressed” for the first time: Dr. Sofornia Theresa Baker, retired teacher and board member of Vogue-Esquire Models, and Dina Linne Everage, principal, Walter Reed Magnet School.      Lee Brown is SOM president and its fashionista Trophy Board members pick and choose the “best dressed” honorees each year. Founding TB members are Althea Knowles, Cari Davis, Cheryl Marshall Washington, Leontine Brown, Lucille Banks Jefferson, Cecelia M. Smith, Gloria Randolph, Jan Blake-Green and Josephine Carey. Others named in later years: Arlene Pierce, Cheribelle Byrd, Faye Brown, Bonita O’Banion, Mildred Porter, Janelle Caldwell-West, Vivian Durham, Belinda McFolling, Robin Robinson, Dr. Ella Batchelor, Sandra Hoard, Joan Bowser, Dr. Amour Andrews, Atty. Linda Chatman, Valerie Davis, Atty. Kimberly Chase Harding and Dr. Lottie P. Williams.

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