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Annual Gala


Barbara Khalouf

Director of Development

(312) 640-2198

The 2020 Marca Bristo “Lead On!” Gala

The 2020 Lead On! Gala has moved to November 18, 2020, and may move to 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, a white woman in a power chair.
Marca Bristo
June 23, 1953 – September 8, 2019

This extraordinary evening 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.

Sponsorship Opportunities

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

Image is the Northern Trust logo

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

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.

Event Details:

  • Wednesday, November 18, 2020
  • Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier:
  • 5:30 p.m. – Reception
  • 6:30 p.m. – Dinner, Program, & Live Auction
  • Dress: Business attire


The 2020 “Lead On!” Gala is wheelchair accessible. ASL interpretation and CART provided. For assistance with accessibility or to request any additional accommodations, fill out our accommodation request form or contact a member of the Development Team.

Sponsors of the Marca Bristo Lead On! Gala

Legacy Sponsor

JPMorgan Chase & Co. Logo

Anniversary Sponsor

Northern Trust Logo

Visionary Sponsors

BMO Harris Bank Logo
Exelon Logo
The Joyce Foundation Logo

The Chicago Community Foundation

Leadership Sponsors

Bank of America
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Northwestern Medicine
SEIU Healthcare IL IN