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Project H.O.O.D.'s 2018 Gala

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

Project H.O.O.D.'s Fifth Annual Gala:

Making the Impossible Possible

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Chicago, IL – Project H.O.O.D.(Helping Others Obtain Destiny) and Pastor Corey B. Brooks will host its 5th Annual Fundraising Gala on June 1st, 2018 at 7pm 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.

The gala will honor the philanthropic dedication of their continued supporters since the organization’s inception in 2012. In anticipation of the 2018 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.

“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, 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 HOOD’s vision that entrepreneurial activity can have – in fact must have – a positive social impact in our wonderful city."

The evening is also co-chaired by Todd Ricketts, a Chicago Cubs board member, and his wife, Sylvie Légère Ricketts, co-founder of The Policy Circle. Project H.O.O.D.'s core mission resonates with the Ricketts, with community enrichment and empowerment central to their family identity.

“We are ecstatic to help commemorate Project H.O.O.D.’s five years of efforts and successes with empowering people in the community,” said Todd Ricketts. “We look forward to bringing more light to the amazing accomplishments of Project H.O.O.D. and its core mission,” added Sylvie Légère Ricketts.

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

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Fifth Annual Gala:

Making the Impossible Possible

Friday, June 1, 2018

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

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

*Keynote: A conversation with Bob Woodson from The Woodson Center in Washington, D.C. and Jimmy Kemp of The Jack Kemp Foundation on, Solving the Issues of Poverty and Violence

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

*Chicago DJ Vince Adams will be hosting the After Party with his mix of music and dance! Click Here for more information on the After Party!

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

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LOCATION: Theater on the Lake is an historic building right on Lake Michigan where West Fullerton Avenue intersects with North Lake Shore Drive. Just north of Lincoln Park Zoo.

PARKING: There is only Valet Parking available at the venue but we have negotiated a rate of just $20 or you can be dropped by any taxi or ride share service.

DRESS / ATTIRE: Cocktail and business attire. Black tie not required.


Richard Edelman, President and CEO of communications marketing firm Edelman

Todd Ricketts, Chicago Cubs

Sylvie Légère Ricketts, co-founder of The Policy Circle

Gala Committee Chairmen

Marty Ozinga IV of Ozinga Bros                         Jim Oberweis of Oberweis Dairy

Gala Committee

Abed Ayesh of Mr. Trucks Inc.
Nadine Bahaveolos of Family Wealth Mgmt
Jack Baker of Bridgeview Bank
Larry Berlin of First Analysis
Robert Blackwell Jr. of Killerspin
Glen Brooks of Chicago Police Department
Marlow Colvin of Com-Ed
Bob Crawford of Project H.O.O.D.
Larry Disparti of Disparti Law Group
Rick Doering of Doering Landscape Company
Roderick Drew of HNTB Corporation
Tony Duncan of Body Science PFT Inc.
Kenneth Eberly of American Family Insurance
Michael Fassnacht of FCB Chicago
Mike Felix of AT&T
Corey D. Flournoy of FCB Worldwide
Pastor Keith E. Gordon of L Washington Design, LLC
Bill Gorsline of eXPerien Communications Group, Inc.
Nicholas Gowen of Burke Warren MacKay Serritella PC
Julian Green of Chicago Cubs
John Hamilton of Project H.O.O.D. Advisory Board
John Hamparian of Access Medical Supply
Hermene Hartman of Hartman Publishing Group, Inc.
Vance Henry of City of Chicago
Lisa Hughes of Ruffled Feathers
Kristen Jaciw of Project H.O.O.D.
Maze Jackson of #MazeSaid
Rashod R. Johnson of Ardmore Roderick
Charlie Kirk of Turning Point USA
Spencer Leak Jr. of Leak and Sons
Shari Lewis of Project H.O.O.D.
Daniel P. Madura of Madura | Nero Financial Consulting Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
Alicia Martin of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. Illinois Chapter
Leah McGee of FCB Chicago
Lamell McMorris, Greenlining Realty USA
Pat Milligan of Metro Ford
Negin Moayer of BNMO Design
Reno Morelli of Metro Ford
Jim Oberweis of Oberweis Asset Management
Michael D. Paulsen of Lockton Companies
Steve Pemberton of Globoforce
Donovan Pepper of Walgreens
Chandra Prasad of OMEGA and Associates
Congressman Bobby Rush
Bob Schillerstrom of Ice Miller LLP
Robert Semrad of Semrad Law Offices
Father Robert N. Smith of St. Frances Episcopal Church
Marc J. Strongin of Illinois Orthopedic Network, LLC
Sherry Street of Illinois Policy Institute
Bill Stuart of CleanTools, Inc.
Charles H. Thomas of The Chicago Drum
Ivan Tomic of Access Law PC
Mike Uremovich of Manhattan Mechanical Services
Congressman Joe Walsh
Helene Walsh of Project H.O.O.D. Advisory Board
Alexandra Weiner of Tempus
Carl D. West of MG Media
Leila Wills of Project H.O.O.D.
Sherman Wright of Ten35 Supply

Millennial After Party Committee

Angela Battle
Marnie Blum
Rodney Boatey
John Bonelli
Lauren Crawford
Miguel Davis
J.C. Griffin
Kristen Jaciw of Project H.O.O.D.
Raquel Jardon
Kat Lewis
Shari Lewis of Project H.O.O.D.
Desmond Marshall
Cortez McCry
Danny Milligan
Mia Nelson
Brittany Ramsey
Antanas Riskus
Paul Riskus
Lauren Smith
Artriss Williams
Wanda Williams Semmes
Chris Utes
Wayne Younghans

Sponsorship and Tickets