Homecoming Gala: Justice Reimagined

Homecoming Gala:

Justice Reimagined

The fight for economic and racial justice—and our need to work together—has never been more urgent. Join us as we reconnect, reimagine a just future for all, and renew our commitment to a nation free from racism and poverty.

Homecoming Gala: Justice Reimagined

Thursday, September 22, 2022
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk
301 E. North Water St.
Chicago, IL 60611

Read Keenya Lambert’s latest blog post, “Six Reasons to Come to the Shriver Center’s Homecoming Gala,” for more!

Events Health & Safety Protocol
To ensure the health and safety of all attendees, full vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative test within 24 hours is required. Learn more

Ticket Sales
100% of gala proceeds support the Shriver Center’s fight for racial and economic justice. All tickets purchased are non-refundable.


Featured Speaker: Luvvie Ajayi Jones

Luvvie Ajayi Jones is an internationally recognized speaker whose leadership on culture, authenticity, and disruption enables transformative action. Her renowned TED Talk, “Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable,” has over 8 million views and has placed her in the top 1% of TED Talks of all time. Luvvie is the host of a podcast of the same name as her best-selling book, Professional Troublemaker. Born in Nigeria, and bred in Chicago, Luvvie will share ways we can take action, cause good trouble, and lead courageous lives driven by conviction, humor, and honesty.

Special Guest DJ: The King of House Music - Farley "Jackmaster" Funk

Legendary producer and DJ Farley “Jackmaster” Funk catapulted house music into a global phenomenon over 35 years ago in Chicago. One of the original members of the Hot Mix 5 on WBMX, Farley has recorded over 3,000 songs. His biggest track is still the groundbreaking song, “Love Can’t Turn Around,” which was the first house music song ever to top the UK British Charts. 

Gala Sponsors

Media Sponsor

Sponsorship opportunities are available! For more information, contact Keenya Lambert at 312.368.1073.

Host Committee

Gala Chairs
Monique Howery

Counsel, Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP

Annie Wallis

Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

Committee Members

Debbie & David Chizewer

Harlene Ellin & Michael Cramer

Steve & Amy Eppler-Epstein

Case Hoogendoorn

Lisa Madigan & Pat Byrnes

Charity Murow

Tom Reuland & Lana Gersten

Raj & Neeta Vohra

Lauren Worsek & Paul Varnado

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