“Tom Ricketts is as famous for his generosity and philanthropic spirit as he is for owning our World Champion Chicago Cubs. We are so grateful to have his participation and to have the Chicago Cubs as our Presenting Sponsor this year,” said Lisa Rollins, regional director, Workplace Initiatives, UNCF.
The program includes recognition of extraordinary individuals and organizations that support the work of UNCF. This year, Commonwealth Edison will receive the Corporate Award.
Gala honorees also include Timothy J. Rand, president and CEO, MAC One; Everett Rand, owner, Midway Wholesalers; and Larry Huggins, president and CEO, Riteway-Huggins Construction Services. The three are co-founders of the Chicago Football Classic, which inspires students to consider attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
Shayne Evans, founding managing partner, The Academy Group, and D’Rita Robinson, civic leader and entrepreneur, also will receive honors.
World-renowned drummer, percussionist, singer and songwriter Sheila E will perform.
The “A Mind Is…” Gala gets its name from the decades-old UNCF slogan, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”
Gala donors and partners include BMO Harris Bank, ITW, US Bank, ComEd, Allstate, NBC5 Chicago, WinTrust, AT&T, InTren, GCM Grosvenor, Chase, Boeing, Chicago Defender, Nicor Gas, Northwestern Kellogg School of Business, JB Pritzker, American Airlines, Aldridge Electric, Mary Hines, Peoples Gas, iHeartMedia Chicago, Aramark, KPMG and Coaxum Family Restaurants.
For tickets and information, visit uncf.org/amiChicago. For sponsorships, call 312-845-2200.
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SOURCE United Negro College Fund (UNCF)