Gala Supporters

Access Living’s Annual Gala is the single largest fundraiser in support of Access Living programs and services. At each Gala, Access Living presents the “Lead On!” Award. The Award was named in honor of Justin Dart Jr., the Martin Luther King, Jr of the disability rights movement and the grandfather of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Award recognizes national leaders who have helped reframe the understanding of people with disabilities and who have helped to remove the barriers that have excluded them from career pursuits and everyday life.

Access Living presented 2013 awards to Walgreens, King Harris, and Karen Meyer.

Access Living is grateful to the following Major Supporters for helping us host a successful fundraising event:


Allstate Insurance Company
BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois/HCSC
Henry T. and Clarissa H. Chandler
Kelly McNamara Corley
Discover Financial Services
Harris Family Foundation
Rush University Medical Center
SEIU Healthcare Illinois & Indiana
Service Employees International
Union Illinois Council
Uber Technologies, Chicago


ABC 7 Chicago
Todd and Evelyn Arkebauer and
Margaret Dickerson and Robert Fliegelman
Carol Lavin Bernick Family Foundation
CCAI and Family Health Network
Chapman and Cutler LLP
Chicago Housing Authority
Deloitte LLP
Dentons US LLP
Maury Fantus and Judith Aiello-Fantus
Will Haffner
Beverly and Warren Hayford
Illinicare Health
Nicor Gas
Peoples Gas
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Robbins, Salomon and Patt, Ltd.
Ambassador and Mrs. Louis B. Susman


Aetna Better Health of Illinois
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Jean Barry
Steven H. Cohen and Mary L. Mikva
Claudia and Kevin Conlon
Yoshiko S. Dart
Philip M. Friedmann Family Charitable Trust
Andrés Gallegos
Larry and Michelle Goodman
Hill Foundation For Families Living With Disabilities
Michael and Beverly Huckman
Ingredion Foundation
Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty
LCM Architects
Howard A. Learner
Ben Lumicao
Benjamin and Felicitas Lumicao
Brad and Kathy Markham
Paddy McNamara
Susan Nussbaum
Lisa Goren Pritzker
Janet and Joseph Sameh
Michael Santay
Sam and Dona Scott
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Richard L. Thomas
Kristin Weaver and Ken Danzinger