Urban Gateways Gala

Urban Gateways, Chicago’s innovator in arts education programs, broke all fundraising records at its 50th anniversary gala fundraiser at Venue One in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood on Friday, April 1, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois and Exelon lead the list of corporate sponsors for the benefit dinner which also featured spirited auctions and star-studded performances. Close to 450 guests and 50 honorees attended the event that raised more than $250,000.

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Renowned Composer, performer and vocalist Ella Jenkins, Urban Gateways Executive Director Julie Simpson and Richard Hunt.
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Bernita Johnson-Gabriel, Charles L. Burns and Joan Gray.
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Sarah Solotaroff-Mirkin of Evanston and Fred & Nikki Stein of Chicago’s West Loop.
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James Kinoshita, Honoree Francia Harrington and Vern Broders all of Chicago’s Gold Coast.
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Mark Ingram, Paul Chiaravalle and Orbert Davis.
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Stacia and Steve Skinner of Mt. Prospect.
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Renowned Composer, performer and vocalist Ella Jenkins, Urban Gateways Executive Director Julie Simpson and Richard Hunt.
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Joan Gray, Joel Hall and Amaniyea Payne.
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Allen and Lynn Turner of Chicago and Lester Rosen of Glencoe.
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Co-Chairs Kristine Green, Lou Conte of Hubbard Street Dance and Ronne Hartfield.
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NBC5 Entertainment Reporter LeeAnn Trotter served as emcee for the evening.
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Reginald Robinson, Ari Brown and Orbert Davis.
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