A Mediterranean-style dinner, performances from several Black Ensemble Theater Co. hit productions, including its most recent, The Message Is in the Music (God is a Black Man Named Ricky), and a live auction highlight Oct. 28’s “Building a New
A Mediterranean-style dinner, performances from several Black Ensemble Theater Co. hit productions, including its most recent, The Message Is in the Music (God is a Black Man Named Ricky), and a live auction highlight Oct. 28’s “Building a New Legacy,” BETC’s ninth annual benefit at Alhambra Palace, 1240 W. Randolph. On the auction block: a walk-on role in an up-coming show, a chance to sponsor 100 students at a Plays with a Purpose production and much more! ááá Dr. Gregory Morris is BETC’s board president. Honorary benefit chair is Gov. Pat Quinn joined by co-chairs, Diana Hennington of Grand Events Inc. and Loretta H. Davenport of the Law Office of Loretta H. Davenport; development chair, Andrea Zopp of Exelon and Allan Bell (Charity & Associates), Yasmin Bates-Brown (Harris Bank), Les Coney (Mesirow Financial), Wheeler Coleman (Blue-Cross Blue-Shield), Michele Coleman-Mayes (Allstate), Adrienne Banks Pitts (Sidley & Austin); and Melody Spann-Cooper (WVON). NBC 5’s LeeAnn Trotter is emcee. Benefit tickets are $250. Funds raised go to the general operating fund. áááá Founded in 1976 by Jackie Taylor, who has written and directed over 100 productions for BETC which also produces Plays with a Purpose, a series of original youth-oriented musicals, designed to teach students positive life lessons and values, as well as several community-based programs that use theater arts to enhance and enrich the lives of countless youth, students and families. BETC is in the final stages of its capital campaign to build the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center. Of the $15 million needed, $13 million has been raised. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2010. Visit www.blackensembletheater.org or call (773) 769-4451. ááá Hats Off! – Louis Dodd, Allstate agency owner; Walter Blocker, of Renaissance Financial Planning; and Ray Adkins, of State Farm; receive high honors from their peers at the National African American Insurance Association’s Conference this week at the Palmer House. Other awardees: Judith Gray, Allstate; Shirley Evans-Wofford, Lambert Risk Management; and William A. George, W.A. George Insurance. Conference theme: New Beginnings: The Challenge and Opportunities of Change. ááá Dinner Dude! – Last call! Chicago Bears’ Adrian Peterson hosts his teammate Adewale Ogunleye to the final “meet, greet and eat with your favorite NFL player” on Monday, 6 p.m., at the Metropolitan Club on the 67th floor of Willis (remember Sears?) Tower. The fun-filled Monday nights were designed to expose players’ foundations and their charitable efforts to business professionals who have products and services they can use. The event ends with networking for all guestsá – (you, too!) Tickets, $75 in advance, include a five-course meal, wine-tasting, silent auction, Q&A, a raffle of autographed items, networking with players and their reps; proceeds to players’ charities. Call (773) 243-2560. ááá And on Tuesday, Peterspm hosts another hot event, the last and final Players Pizza Party & Fan Challenge, at GameWorks in Schaumburg with the Bears’ Matt Forte and/or Jason Mckie. Proceeds benefit players’ foundations and their charity efforts. There’re limited $15 discount tickets available. Call (773) 243-2560 or buy $25 tickets at the door. Free food and drinks! áááá Red Goes Green – Chicago Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority sponsors a free Eco-Awareness Festival, “Let’s Take Care of Our Planet!,” Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., at chapter headquarters, D’Estee Inc., 4525 S. King Dr. On the agenda: a master gardener, green program, stimulus update, panel of green experts, green vendors, cell phone recycling and more. Taliva Tillman is chapter president; Debby Douglas, program planning and development chair. Visit ChicagoDeltas.com. Go green! áá Chapters’ Choices – Mae Ruth Carr, retired teacher and AKA loyalist, is the new president of the Chicago Chapter of The Carrousels Inc. … Kim Carmen, Walgreens pharmacist, has been elected to lead the Chicago Chapter of The Moles Inc. (They’re planning “Moles Monster Mash,” a Halloween shindig, with their guys, The Mules, next week.) … Deborah Rountree, commercial real estate sales dynamo and coloratura soprano, is the new prexy of the Chicago Chapter of The Drifters Inc. (They celebrated Saturday at its yearly Founders’ Day Luncheon at South Loop Hotel with sisters from nearby Midwest chapters.) áááá Happy B’Day – to Emil Jones Jr., Ramonski Luv, Lola Jenkins, E. Dolores Register, Karen Jordan, Dr. Carrie Filer Davis, Lerone Bennett, Dori Wilson, Chaz Ebert, LeeAnn Trotter, Sonja Brown, Barbara Saddler, Pele and Susan Cayton Woodson @ 91 years young.