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Some 300 kinfolk and friendfolk of Justice Nathaniel Roosevelt Howse Jr. gathered at the Mu-seum of Science & Industry to celebrate his appointment to the Illinois Appellate Court. The special evening, beginning with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, was followed by dinner and an installation ceremony conducted by Justice Charles E. Freeman.      Among friends and colleagues who participated in the impressive program with either remarks or toasts included a virtual who’s who in legal circles: Dr. Reggee McClinton, Dr. Virginia Johnson, Dr. Terry Mason, Judge Theodore Sherrod, Judge Patrick McGann, Mayor Paul Brown of Flossmoor, Atty. Vivian Farver-Varnado, Atty. Kimberly Egonm-wan, Paul Volpe, Prof. Robert Rucker (Middle Tennessee State Univ.), Rev. Dr. B. Herbert Mar-tin, Dr. Kireshemo Clark, Cook County Commissioner William Beavers, Robert E. Pincham Jr., Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans, Atty. James D. Montgomery, Atty. Todd Smith, Inspector Gen’l Robert Shaw (Dolton), Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd), Judge Ar-nette R. Hubbard, Justice P. Scott Neville, Judge James H. Williams (ret.), and Emil Jones Jr., past president, Illinois Senate.      Dessert, drinks and dancing to music by legendary dj Herb Kent climaxed the celebration. Hostesses: Rendy Jones, “social secretary,” Delena Burrell, Essence Cherry, Marcha Cherry, Patrice Driver, Dr. Sandra Freeman, Dr. Betty Hudson, Pearline Scott, Diana Stanford and Dr. Ann Whitaker. Of course, by his side during the entire celebratory evening of revelry and recognition was Dr. Patricia Ann Howse, his lovely wife.     It’s A Family Affair – Donna Thompson, the CEO of Access Community Health Network, celebrated at the agency’s sixth Annual Awards Dinner at Four Seasons by presenting her husband, Don Thompson, president of McDonald’s USA, with its 2009 Distin-guished Civic Leadership Award “for outstanding civic leadership and commitment to improving the quality of life for children and families in the greater Chicago area.”     Dinner hosts: Stephanie Comer, chair, Yasmin Bates-Brown, Marty Castro, Paul and Mimi Francis, Atty. P. Matthew Glavin, Daniel J. Krause, George Langlois, Dr. Steven T. Rosen, James Skogsbergh, and Gregory and Kim Wasson. Gov. Pat Quinn attended the VIP reception to salute the honoree. Proceeds benefit the 215,000 uninsured and underinsured patients that ACCESS serves. ACHN, comprised of more than 50 community health centers throughout Chicago and surrounding suburbs, is accredited by the Joint Commission, putting quality of care in the top 10 percent in the nation among community health centers. Visit accesscommunityhealth.net.      Milestones – Happy b’day to Louisiana-born Alvin J. Boutte Sr., a Xavier Univ. alum, former Chicago civic-community-business leader, founder, president and CEO of Independence Bank (and more!), who celebrated “Year 80” with family and close long-time pals in his south suburban home. Lots of time, however, was spent on the phone chatting with kin and friends who didn’t get to the milestone celebration … Belated condolences to Joyce McCain-Doty, on the loss of her 97-year-old mom, Ida Chen-nault McCain, in Sumter, S.C., widow of the late James T. Mc-Cain Sr., former Civil Rights leader and field secretary of Con-gress of Racial Equality … Sorry to hear of the sudden death of George Phillips, 77, retired Board of Edu-cation employee. Services were Saturday at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church. Among survivors: his wife, Cornelia (Connie); children, George, Tina and Michelle; brother, Charles; sister, Norma Jean; six grandchildren, a great-grandchild and a host of other relatives and friends     Campaign Cause – Dress to impress in a power suit when attending Sunday’s “Suited to a Tea,” a $55 fundraiser given by Friends of Dorothy Brown at Sikia Restau-rant on the Kennedy-King College campus, 740 W. 63rd St. Chaired by Juanita Passmore, the committee (Pastor Gloria Dawson, Jos-ephine Fulton, Janice Gladney, Delbra D. Lee, Dorothy L. Meyers and Edward Ford Jewelers) is working to assure that their candidate is the next president of the Cook County Board of Commissioners. Sponsorship levels: gold, $1,000; silver, $500 and bronze, $250. Brown has donated a special door prize, one of her own power suits. (Sizes 4-6 need not apply! Ha!) Call (312) 239-0435.      Newsy Names – Atty. Gina Davis, past president of the Chicago Fisk Club and newly-elected parliamentarian of the Fisk Univ. General Alumni Association, is inviting us all to Congregational Church of Park Manor on Saturday, 6 p.m., to hear the Fisk Choir perform in concert. Special guest, Maestro George Cooper, Fisk grad, will attend for support and inspiration.  Free admission; donations will benefit the choir … Ken Bedford’s sixth annual Breast Cancer Awareness Gala & Tribute with The Manhattans is Oct. 22 at Alhambra Palace in memory of his beautiful wife, Anaia, who died of the disease in April ’04. Ken founded non-profit ABCAP to help women of color overcome fears and myths about breast cancer. Purchase tickets – $100 (concert and reception) and $45 (concert only) – at www.abcap.org, or call (312) 608-6358. On Oct. 24, at Rainbow/PUSH, ABCAP will enroll uninsured and underinsured women for free mammograms … Henrietta Leak, vice president, Leak & Sons Funeral Home; Dr. Carol L. Adams, newly appointed by Gov. Quinn as his Illinois representative to Africa; and Atty. James D. Montgomery who’ve all donated time, talent and treasure as advocates for Black on Black Love’s My Sister’s Keeper, a 17 year-old complete after-care program that helps women released from the correctional system lead productive lives, will be cited on Saturday. Black on Black Love is hosting its 14th Annual Graduation Luncheon, Fashion Show & Silent Auction at the Oak Lawn Hilton. Katrina Williams, Park National Bank’s branch manager and BoBL board member, is chair; Margaret Eubanks, program coordinator of My Sister’s Keeper. Tickets: $60. Call (773) 978-7265.       Friday Fun – Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and Evelyn Green Educational Foundation host “We Will Rise,” a scholarship gala, on Friday at Steelelife Gallery, beginning with a 6 p.m. reception and silent art auction. Call (312) 720-5654.

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