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2019 Project H.O.O.D. 6th Annual Gala


  • Theater on the Lake 2401 North Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL, 60614 United States (map)
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Corey B. Brooks

Corey B. Brooks

Chicago, IL – Project H.O.O.D. (Helping Others Obtain Destiny) and Pastor Corey B. Brooks will host its Sixth Annual Fundraising Gala on June 7th, 2019 at 6pm at Theatre on the Lake located at 2401 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. Founded by Pastor Corey B. Brooks, Project H.O.O.D. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing violence by empowering youth and young adults to make positive decisions.

Richard Edelman

Richard Edelman

The gala will honor the philanthropic dedication of their continued supporters since the organization’s inception in 2012. In anticipation of the 2019 gala, Project H.O.O.D. has raised more than three million dollars to begin funding of an enhanced community center that will house an array of businesses and recreational activity for south siders.

Andrew Clarke

Andrew Clarke

“We are so proud of everything we’ve been able to accomplish over the past five years,” said Pastor Brooks. “Helping others in the community reach their potential and fulfill their dreams is a lifelong mission for all of those who continue to support Project H.O.O.D. The gala will be a celebration of those accomplishments and well as a continued opportunity to galvanize and strengthen efforts for the next chapter of our journey.”

Co-chaired by Richard Edelman, president and CEO of Edelman, a leading global communications-marketing firm, and Andrew Clarke, global president of Mars Wrigley Confectionery, whose iconic products like M&M’S®, SNICKERS®, ORBIT®, EXTRA® and Skittles® are enjoyed in more than 180 countries, the gala will celebrate the strengthening of some of Chicago’s most under-resourced neighborhoods.

"Community engagement is part of corporate leadership," said Richard Edelman, president and CEO of Edelman. "We have a deep commitment to Chicago, and we share Project H.O.O.D.’s vision that entrepreneurial activity can have – in fact must have – a positive social impact in our wonderful city."

Tickets for the night of celebration, sponsorship opportunities and more info is available below.

Gala Co-Chairs

Project H.O.O.D.’s 2019 Gala Chairs are Richard Edelman, president and CEO of Edelman and Andrew Clarke, global president of Mars Wrigley Confectionery.

Gala Committee Co-Chairs

Gala Committee Chairs are Marty Ozinga of Ozinga Bros. Inc. and Jim Oberweis of Oberweis Dairy.

Gala Committee

Rashod Johnson, Ardmore Roderick

Charlie Kirk, Turning Point USA

Sylvie Légère, The Policy Circle

Daniel P. Madura, Madura Nero Financial Consulting Group of Wells Fargo Advisors

Alicia Martin, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. of Illinois Chapter

Lamell McMorris, Greenlining Realty USA

Pat Milligan, Metro Ford

Negin Moayer, BNMO Design

David Munar, Howard Brown

John Munger, Jansson Munger McKinley & Kirby Ltd.

Leslie Munger, Project H.O.O.D. Advisory Board

Mia Nelson, Sweet Sandy Realty LLC

Jim Oberweis, Oberweis Asset Management

Michael D. Paulsen, Lockton Companies

Afrika Porter, Afrika Enterprises Consulting and PR

The Honorable Bruce & Dr. Diana Rauner

Jerry Rich, Rich Harvest Farms

Keith Rich, Rich Harvest Farms

Todd Ricketts, Chicago Cubs

Antanas Riskus, MarketsandMarkets

Congressman Bobby Rush, IL-1

Bob Schillerstrom, IceMiller LLP

Robert Semrad, Semrad Law Offices

Hank Smiley, Royal Boatey Consultants

Father Robert N. Smith, St. Frances Episcopal Church

Sherry Street, Illinois Policy Institute

Bill Stuart, CleanTools, Inc.

Ivan Tomic, Access Law PC

Latoya Trotter, Comed

Mike Uremovich, Manhattan Mechanical Services

Helene Walsh, Project H.O.O.D. Advisory Board

The Honorable Joe Walsh, Former Congressman IL-8

Alexandria Weiner, Tempus

Deborah Whitaker, GMA Construction Group

Mike Wilson, Project H.O.O.D. Advisory Board

Paul Adams, Providence St. Mel

Chuck Adler, Adler Law Offices, LTD.

Kevin Artl, Project H.O.O.D. Advisory Board

Abed Ayesh, Mr. Trucks, Inc.

Nadine Bahaveolos, Family Wealth Management

Warren Baker, Baker Development Corp

Jack Baker, Bridgeview Bank

Larry Berlin, Project H.O.O.D. Advisory Board

Donald M. Biernacki, Related Midwest

Robert Blackwell Jr., Killerspin

Rodney Boatey, Royal Boatey Consultants

State Senator Bill Brady, Senate Minority Leader

Justin Breen, BrEpic Communications LLC

Glenn Brooks, Chicago Police Department

Derrick Colton, Panacea Funding

State Senator John Cullerton, Senate President

Rick Doering, Doering Landscape Company

David Doig, CNI Group

Tony Duncan, Body Science PFT Inc.

The Honorable Ken Dunkin, Former IL State Rep.

State Representative Jim Durkin, House Minority Leader

Nosa Ehimwenman, Bowa Construction

Chima Enyia, Grassroots Farm

Beth Feeley, New Trier Neighbors

Kevin Feeley, McDermott Will & Emery

Corey D. Flournoy, Groupon, Inc.

Blair Garber, Project H.O.O.D. Advisory Board

Nicholas Gowen, Burke Warren MacKay Serritella PC

Julian Green, Chicago Cubs

Ja’Mal Green, Majostee Marketing Co.

Cornelius Griggs, GMA Construction Group

Steve Grotewold, HomeMend International, LLP

Hermene Hartman, Hartman Publishing Group, Inc.

Illinois State Senator Mattie Hunter, State Senator D-Chicago, 3rd

Akram Jaber, Ike’s Liquor

Maze Jackson, #MazeSaid



Project H.O.O.D. 6th Annual Gala

Dream Bigger

Friday, June 7, 2019

Cocktail Reception 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Gala 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

After Party 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Theater on the Lake
2401 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60614

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Gala Sponsors

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