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The Shriver Center stands tall at the frontlines of resistance to push against threats to our values and communities. Now more than ever, it's time to stand up for a more just and equitable society. Join us.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Harleen Singh to learn more about how your company can support justice and opportunity.
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Featured Speaker

April Ryan

White House Correspondent April Ryan has a unique vantage point as the only black female reporter covering urban issues from the White House – a position she has held since the Clinton era. On behalf of the American Urban Radio Networks, and through her “Fabric of America” news blog, she delivers her readership and listeners (millions of African Americans and close to 300 radio affiliates) a “unique urban and minority perspective in news.” Her position as a White House Correspondent has afforded her unusual insight into the racial sensitivities, issues, and attendant political struggles of our nation’s last presidents.

Sargent Shriver Equal Justice Award

The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II

As a leader of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II has reached out to communities in over 30 states and organized thousands to join him in a movement to end systemic racism and poverty. An accomplished organizer, writer, and speaker, Rev. Barber is also the architect of the Forward Together Moral Movement, which gained national acclaim in 2013 with its Moral Monday protests at the North Carolina General Assembly and continues to work toward equal treatment and opportunity for all. Rev. Barber is a pastor at Greenleaf Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, and a visiting professor of public theology and activism at Union Theological Seminary.

State Champion Award

Representative Barbara Flynn Currie

For nearly 40 years, Representative Barbara Flynn Currie has resisted the status quo for people most in need and least proximate to power. Among her many accomplishments, Representative Currie sponsored Illinois’s Earned Income Tax Credit Act; vigorously supported measures to ensure adequate state revenues, including the Fair Tax Amendment; sponsored the All Kids program and the Equal Pay Act; and provided crucial leadership during the welfare reform battles of the 1990s. The first woman ever to serve as Majority Leader in the Illinois House of Representatives, Currie is a distinguished leader, powerful advocate, and valued advisor.

Corporate Partner Award

Sidley Austin LLP

October 18, 2018
Hyatt Regency Chicago Grand Ballroom
151 E. Upper Wacker Dr.
Chicago, Illinois 60601
5:30 - 9:30pm
Contact: Harleen Singh
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Thank you to our sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

Golden Sponsors

Silver Sponsor

Baskin Family Foundation/Judy Wise


Allstate Insurance Company
Sheila Berner & Robert L. Berner, Jr., Sheila & Chris Kennedy
Crown Family Philanthropies
Illinois Health and Hospital Association
JPMorgan Chase
Denis & Martha Pierce
Related Midwest
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Urban Innovations
Weinberg/Newton Family Foundation


Adams Street Partners
AKPD Message and Media
Douglas & Ann Anderson
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
William Burns
Debbie & David Chizewer
Color of Change
Cornerstone Research
The Dallaire Family
Meredith Conant George
Goldberg Kohn Ltd.
Grand Victoria Foundation
Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd.
Irving Harris Foundation
Jaszczuk PC
Jenner & Block
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
McCormick Foundation
O'Keefe Lyons & Hynes LLC
Paul Hastings
Marva Paull
Quarles & Brady LLP
Reed Smith
Janice Rodgers
Susan Rogers & Richard Stephenson
Roseland Community Hospital
SEIU Illinois Council
Sinai Health System

Gala Chairs

Leslie Ramyk and William Burns

Gala Committee

David & Susan Axelrod
Mike Axelrod
William & Joan Brodsky
Abe Chernin & Sarah Coleman
Michael Chia & Seimi Huang
Debbie & David Chizewer
Claudia & Kevin Conlon
Jeff & Leanne Cribbs
Seth & Courtney Dallaire
Jed & Sara Enlow
Steve & Amy Eppler-Epstein
Tim Egan
Sunny & Paul Fischer
Patty Greene
Damion Heron
Case Hoogendoorn
Norah L. Jones
Shelia & Christopher Kennedy
Jaryd Knutsen & Winnie Yang
Kandace Lenti
Chastity & Zakiya Lord
Judd & Linda Miner
Jo & Art Moore
Stephanie & Mike Oettinger
Denis & Martha Pierce
Catherine Robb
James & Kathryn Rolfes
Bettylu & Paul Saltzman
David & Heidi Saunders
Daniel & Marcy Schlessinger
Eugene & Faith Schoon
Jill Schuker
Amanda Sonneborn & Peter Malecki
Karen Teitelbaum
C. Steven Tomashefsky & Rebecca Sive
Brandon Tran
Raj Vohra & Neeta Sood
AJ Wilhelmi
Lisa Marie Wiseman

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