May 2, 2012
Jerry Azumah, former Bears' player, held his kick-off signature fundraiser for his nonprofit, ASAP Foundation, at Studio Paris, located on River North's lively Hubbard Street. According to the website, since it's inception in 2004, the ASAP Foundation has worked to provide high school scholarships for disadvantaged students. I definitely applaud Azumah on taking it back to where it all matters and that's helping people. Azumah is a very approachable guy with a genuine energy that would make even the most tense feel comfortable, which is also reflected in the company he keeps. My fave DJ, DJ Rock City set the tone for Studio Paris' fresh, swanky Miami ambience. The event was a kick-of for Azumah's Fourth Annual Signature Event at Lucky Strikes on May 16 where local celebrities will bowl competitively for a worthy cause. Newly minted ASAP's executive director, Micaeh Johnson, knows all too well the high costs of a good education, which is why she feels the signature fundraiser on May 16 at Lucky Strikes is so important.
"It is our hope to raise 100K this year to underwrite these scholarships and increase the amount of scholarships awarded. Through our events we raise awareness and funding. For our event on May 16, guests can expect to bowl alongside Professional Chicago Athletes, enjoy the best spirits, eat well and go home full after contributing to great cause for our event this year," said Johnson.
Girls, girls, girls was my initial thought and impression when I attended Equality Illinois' Spring Women's Social at bridal boutique Mignonette, 1747 W. Belmont, in West Lakeview. Since gay men, not complaining either, dominate Chicago it's rare to see so many lesbians and queer women all in one room. I had a great time! I also met the Patti Stanger of our community, Emily Fry. Fry owns In Good Company, a dating service for straight, gay, and lesbian professionals, and was kind enough to offer me advice on meeting and attracting Mr. Right. EQIL's CEO Bernard Cherkasov was also in attendance. It's always great to connect with Cherkasov since he's such sweet guy and is doing great things at EQIL. Congrats to Kevin Mork for organizing such a great and fun event and for his new role as community relations director for the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago; they have a terrific addition! Mork was happy to give back and appeal to sometimes an overlooked demo in the LGBT community.
"EQIL's Spring Women's Social at Mignonette was a fantastic success! A diverse crowd from around Chicagoland came together for the afternoon to socialize, enjoy great food, sip cocktails, and most importantly to support our statewide LGBT-rights work. This social benefited our 501(c)(3) educational arm, Equality Illinois Education Project. With the help of a dedicated group of host committee members and volunteers, we organize two women's socials each year. The next one will take place in the late fall. We are already looking forward to it," said Mork.
Until next update, get those tank tops and beach bods ready because summer is around the corner!