Access Living’s 2016 “Lead On!” Gala

Thanks for your support!

Award Presentation to ADA 25 Chicago and the Chicago Community Trust
Award Presentation to Dr. Larry Goodman, CEO of Rush University Medical Center presented at the 2016 Access Living Gala
Many thanks for everyone who supported and attended Access Living’s 2016 “Lead On!” Gala, themed “Sweet Home Chicago.” On June 16, more than 570 people attended the annual fundraiser and celebration, which builds support for Access Living Programs.

At each gala, in addition to raising money for services, Access Living presents individuals and organizations that have increased the empowerment and inclusion of people with disabilities with the “Lead On!” Award. The award is named after Justin Dart, Jr., a pioneer of disability rights who ended every speech with explanation, “Lead On!” This year, Access Living presented three awards to local organizations, LCM Architects, Rush University Medical Center, and ADA 25 Chicago and the Chicago Community Trust. For each honoree, Access Living created a tribute video. The links to the videos can be found below.


Rush University Medical Center:

ADA 25 Chicago: ADA 25 Chicago Tribute Video


With the support of Corporate Chair Exelon, the Gala raised more than $850,000 in support for Access Living. Other major sponsors of the event included: event Co-Chairs include JP Morgan Chase & Company, and the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Foundation; and vice-Chairs are BMO Harris Bank, GCM Grosvenor, Goldman Sachs, The Gidwitz Family, and Michael and Jacky Ferro and the Chicago Community Trust