Teesee’s Town: Dori Wilson, P.R. guru, to be saluted at scholarship benefit

Benefit Bash–A fave media sis, Dori Wilson, former high-paid, high fashion model turned public relations guru, receives high honors at an evening of revelry and recognition “for her numerous contributions to the world of public relations and f

Benefit Bash–A fave media sis, Dori Wilson, former high-paid, high fashion model turned public relations guru, receives high honors at an evening of revelry and recognition “for her numerous contributions to the world of public relations and fashion” during the Stanley Paul/Raelene Mittelman Scholarship Benefit on May 22 at The Casino. Proceeds from the event, cocktail reception with light supper sponsored by the Stanley Paul Foundation, will fund tuition for fashion design students currently enrolled in Chicago area colleges.

Additionally, the scholarship fund, which is administered by the Apparel Industry Foundation Inc., supports industry educators and entrepreneurs. Since 1990, over $200,000 has been awarded. Designs from several past recipients will be showcased at the benefit. “Teesee” is indeed honored to serve on the event’s honorary committee. For info, call (312) 836-1041.

Newsy Names–Congrats to Carol L. Adams, Ph. D., secretary of the Ill. Dept. of Human Services, who was among 14 alumni inducted into Louisville’s Central High School Hall of Fame. Alums from the Chicago area inducted in past years include Muhammad Ali and the late Dr. Maurice Rabb.

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Bradie Jr., parents of Dianne Bradie- Baskin and Andrew III, marked their 59th wedding anniversary. The “groom” is being nursed and nurtured by his “bride,” Mary, as he continues to recover at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

So sorry to learn of the passing of a long-time pal, Chuck Lawrence, retired police officer and a jazz aficionado, who had just returned from his annual hiatus in Acapulco. Services were held at St. Columbanus Church. Our sympathy to his family and friends.

Ruby Rogers, vice president of the Jazz Institute of Chicago, was “surprise saluted” by the Hyde Park Jazz Society on Sunday at CheckerJazz at the Checkerboard Lounge. Other honorees: Lorraine Walton and Vivian Watson, widows of two jazz historians. Charles Walton, retired Malcolm X College prof, was an officer in the musicians union; John Watson, was a band teacher at Manley High School and an actor.

Dr. Christopher R. Reed, noted historian, author and former professor of History and North American Studies at Roosevelt University, addresses Saturday’s 109th Man-Boy Breakfast at Simeon Career Academy sponsored by George Glenn and Concerned Christian Men. Free for boys, 6- 17 years. Call (773) 401-0025 .

Seven-time Grammy winning Gladys Knight performs Thursday at Genesee Theatre in Waukegan. The Real Thing Tour with Jill Scott hits the Chicago Theatre March 22-23.

Kanye West’s Glow in the Dark Tour with Rihanna, N.E.R.D. and Lupe Fiasco comes to United Center May 23-24. Art Affair–In honor of Women’s History Month, “The Art of Annie Lee” from Dan D’Antignac’s Woodshop Art Gallery Collection curated by Eugene Foney will be displayed at a free reception this evening, 5 p.m., in Malcolm X College’s Presidents’ Foyer. The exhibit continues weekdays through March 31, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. When talking about African American art, Chicago native Annie Lee, Las Vegas and Glenwood, Ill. gallery owner, art distributor and internationally-acclaimed artist, is most often mentioned. She’s known for such exuberant, inspiring, lively, real and fun creations as Blue Monday, 6 No Uptown, Maxed Out, Jumping the Broom, Al Ain’t Here, Eb Body Say Amen, Does This Come in 3X, Hot Water Cornbread, Power Shopping, 5th Grade Substitute, Extensions, Full Set or Fill Ins, Holy Ghost, Final Red Tag Sale and so many other favorite prints and sculptures.

Congrats–to Tribune columnist Dawn Turner Trice, who receives special recognition during the 19th Anniversary Studs Terkel Community Media Awards Benefit on April 9, at the Chicago Cultural Center. Presented by Community Media Workshop, the event pays tribute to outstanding media professionals “for excellence in covering and reflecting Chicago ’s diverse communities.” Honorees, like Terkel, “bring voices of ordinary people to mainstream attention.” Trice is also author of two highly acclaimed books, Only Twice I’ve Wished for Heaven, a coming-of-age novel set in Chicago in the mid-1970s, and An Eighth of August, that tells the story of a Midwestern community that celebrates the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation year after year. For tickets to the awards benefit, call (312) 344-6400. Link Up!–Haitian history scholar, William Balan-Gaubert, Ph. D, University of Chicago lecturer-in-residence, gave an in-depth address on the historical perspective about Haitian culture at a reception co-hosted by the Hoffman Estates Chapter of Links Inc., and the Consul General of the Republic of Haiti of Chicago. “The Evening of Learning and Discussion” culminated with lively Q&A, moderated by Delores G. Brown, Hoffman’s International Trends and Services chair, and a “Meet the Speaker” reception. Links and their guests feasted on sumptuous native cuisine and fancy Haitian liqueurs and wine.

The Links chapter partners with educators in Africa and Haiti to enhance school curricula at select institutions and to provide other supports to increase academic viability and promote intellectual growth. A major chapter initiative is the collaboration with the Good Samaritan School in Port Au Prince where 140 students receive school supplies. The school principal visits Chicago this spring to meet with chapter members to help determine goals for the 2008-2009 academic year. Barbara Young is chapter president; Venus Hurd Johnson, vice president; and Tanya Bryant Patton, program coordinator.

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