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The 2017 “Lead On” Gala

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On Monday, June 5, Access Living will hold its annual “Lead On!” Award Gala in the Grand Ballroom of Chicago’s iconic Navy Pier.

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This year, Access Living is celebrating the civic contributions of two impactful women,
Valerie Jarrett and Beatrice “Buddy” Cummings Mayer by honoring them with Access Living’s “Lead On!” Award. Valerie Jarrett has had a lifelong commitment to honoring and enforcing the rights of all people with disabilities—from her early days as a leader in Chicago to her most recent positions as Senior Advisor to the President of the United States and Assistant to the President for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs. Buddy Mayer, a Life Member of the Access Living Board, has not only been a tireless advocate for people with disabilities, she has been a passionate philanthropist in the area of social justice and civil rights throughout her entire life.

With the growing need for Access Living’s services as well as the significantly reduced support provided by the public sector, this is a critical year for people with disabilities in Illinois and a critical year for Access Living’s “Lead On!” Gala. We hope you will join us on June 5.

Access Living “Lead On!” Gala
Monday, June 5, 2017
5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Navy Pier Grand Ballroom
600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, Illinois

Corporate Chair
Michael Small, President & CEO

JP Morgan Chase
Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan
Sand Valley Golf Resort, Rome, Wisconsin

Vice Chairs

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
BMO Harris Bank
Foglia Family Foundation
Jim, Peter and Ron Gidwitz
Northern Trust

About the “Lead On!” Award:

The “Lead On!” Award was named in honor of Justin Dart, Jr.– the Martin Luther King, Jr. of the Disability Rights Movement. The award recognizes visionaries, individuals or institutions, who have reframed the understanding of people with disabilities and who have created positive changes in our communities which support people with disabilities.

Demi deGioia