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Lead On LIVE: Access Living's Gala Reimagined

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The 2020 Lead On! Gala has moved to November 18, 2020 and will be a virtual experience.

Please join us! Together, let’s show our resilience through this crisis and honor the legacy of Marca Bristo and our 40th Anniversary. ­We could not do what we do without the generous support of our caring community.

Celebrating 40 years of Access Living and honoring the life and legacy of Marca Bristo

Marca Bristo June 23, 1953 – September 8, 2019

This extraordinary event will celebrate the decades of positive impact Access Living has made in the lives of thousands of people with disabilities, and pay tribute to the life and legacy of our founding CEO Marca Bristo, while also looking towards an exciting future with the formal introduction of Access Living’s new CEO, Karen Tamley.

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Barbara Khalouf

Director of Development

(312) 640-2198

Sponsorship Opportunities

For more information, please review our sponsorship opportunities or contact Development Director Barbara Khalouf.

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Corporate Chair
Michael O’Grady
Chairman, President and CEO
Northern Trust Corporation

Join Northern Trust in saluting the work of Access Living during these past 40 years and for the next 40.

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Tribute Committee Chairs
John & Judy McCarter

John and Judy McCarter invite you to join them by serving on the Access Living Tribute Committee for Access Living’s 2020 Lead On! Gala honoring the life and legacy of founding CEO, Marca Bristo. Please complete the Tribute Committee Form or contact Development Director Barbara Khalouf.

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Event Details


Lead On LIVE is a free virtual event open to all. Watch as supporters from around the world celebrate Access Living’s 40 years of impact and learn about how we’re preparing for the work ahead. Join us on November 18:

  • 6:30 p.m. Lobby opens
  • 7:00 p.m. Program begins
  • 7:50 p.m. Program concludes with celebratory toast
  • 7:50 p.m. Gala after-party on Zoom

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Legacy Sponsor

Anniversary Sponsor

Visionary Sponsors

Bank of America
Comcast NBCUniversal
Larry and Michelle Goodman
The Grainger Foundation
Mr. & Mrs. Peter Goldman
Rosalind C. Keiser & Michael L. Keiser
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Northwestern Medicine
Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Foundation
SEIU Healthcare IL IN

James L. Alexander and Curtis D. Drayer
Chicago Bears Football Club
Ken Bennet
Jennifer and Alex Brown Family Fund
Lynn Davidson and Cameron Avery
Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation
Karen Gray-Krehbiel and John H. Krehbiel
Hill Foundation for Families Living With Disabilities/
Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation
Michael S. Huckman
JRG Capital Partners LLC
Zachary Kordick
Lavin Family Foundation
Tuyet Le
Peoples Gas Company Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation
Pritzker Traubert Foundation
Felicia Rauls
Dr. & Mrs. Elliot and Renee Roth
Richard and Ellen Sandor
John R. Schmidt
Sentry Insurance
Michael J. Small & Kelly A. Small
Ella and Richard Strubel
Frederick & Catherine Waddell
Molly Walsh