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Center on Halsted: Human First Gala

Saturday, March 29, 2014
6:00 PM - 11:45 PM

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Each year Center on Halsted hosts its annual Human First Performance & Gala to recognize the contributions of individuals, businesses and other organizations to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community in Chicago.

Human First provides an opportunity to reflect upon and celebrate past accomplishments, while we look forward to the work ahead as we continue to build a human first world, together. In addition to raising vital funds to support Center on Halsted programs and services, the Human First Award and Community Spirit Award will be presented to several outstanding civic leaders for their important contributions to the advancement of Chicago's LGBTQ movement.

This year, the Human First gala will be at the magnificent Great Hall at Chicago Union Station. The Human First Award recipients include Robert Kohl & Clark Pellett, Evette Cardona & Mona Noriega and Carol Ronen, whose work helped to secure marriage equality in Illinois and to advance the health and well-being of LGBTQ youth in Chicago. The recipients have all spent decades fighting to improve the quality of life for all members of the LGBTQ community.

Being honored with the Community Spirit Award will be Northwestern Memorial Hospital & University, for their long and progressive history of serving LGBTQ people through research and mental health services.

We are honored and delighted to present this event with the support of esteemed co-chairs Sidney & Sondra Epstein, Rick H. Waddell, Richard & Susie Kiphart, Philip Palmer & Michael Noonan; and Governor Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel as Honorary Co-chairs.

This year’s feature performance at the Human First gala is Branden James, an opera singer and finalist in Season 8 of America’s Got Talent.


Drawing 1
Safari Adventure ¦ $14,800
Camp at the foot of Kilimanjaro and roam amongst the animals as you enjoy a 6 day/5 night
luxury Kenyan Safari for two, courtesy of Acacia Holidays. First Class, round
trip airfare, courtesy of Orbitz.
Safari travel valid between April 1 – May 31 OR November 1 – December 22. Flights are valid until April 2015 and are subject to availability, including blackout dates.
Winner need not be present to win! Purchase raffle tickets HERE!

Drawing 2
New York, I Love You ¦ $4,800
Hit the Big Apple in style, courtesy of American Airlines and Kimpton
Hotels. With first class round-trip airfare for 2 to anywhere in the U.S. and Canada
and a weekend stay at Kimpton Hotels, you’ll be the next big thing on Broadway!
Flights and hotel are valid until April 2015 and are subject to availability, including
blackout dates.
Winner need not be present to win! Purchase raffle tickets HERE!

Drawing 3
Summer Lovin’ ¦ $3,000 Value
From Memorial Day through Labor Day, enjoy the summer behind the wheel of your own
MINI Cooper, courtesy of MINI of Chicago. Hit the streets feeling your best
this summer with 4 personal training sessions from Flavio Gama.
Winner can choose any in-stock MINI, except for Goodwood and JCW, at MINI of Chicago,
1111 W. Diversey Parkway, Chicago, IL 60614 from May 26 until September 1, 2014.
Winner need not be present to win! Purchase raffle tickets HERE!

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Location: Union Station 
210 S Canal
Chicago, IL 60661

Event type: Live Entertainment, Political, Senior, Transgender, Youth, Make a Difference Partner, Benefit/Gala, Bisexual, Celebrity Appearance, Cocktails, Community, Dating, Discussion, DJ - National, Education, Fundraiser, Gay, Lesbian

Live Entertainment Political Transgender Youth Benefit/Gala Cocktails Community Dating Discussion DJ - National Fundraiser Lesbian

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