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Lead On LIVE: Access Living's Gala Reimagined

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The 2020 Lead On! Gala took place on November 18, 2020as an accessible, inclusive virtual experience

Thank you to all who joined us to honor the legacy of Marca Bristo and celebrate Access Living’s 40th Anniversary. ­We could not do what we do without the generous support of our caring community.

Missed the event itself? Watch the recording below!

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

Marca Bristo June 23, 1953 – September 8, 2019

Lead On LIVE celebrated the decades of positive impact Access Living has made, paid tribute to the life and legacy of our founding CEO Marca Bristo, and looked towards an exciting future with the formal introduction of Access Living’s new CEO, Karen Tamley.

Marca Bristo, a white woman in a power chair.

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

Thank you to the support of 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

Thank you to our Tribute Committee Chairs, John and Judy McCarter, and the members of the Tribute Committee for honoring the life and legacy of founding CEO, Marca Bristo.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Legacy Sponsor

Anniversary Sponsor

Visionary Sponsors

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

James L. Alexander and Curtis D. Drayer
Chicago Bears Football Club
Ken Bennett
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
Benjamin Lumicao
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
Julia Stash
Ella and Richard Strubel

Frederick & Catherine Waddell
Molly Walsh