2006 Windy City Times’ 30 Under 30 Awards Set for June 21

Sun. June 18, 2006 12:00 AM

Chicago, IL - In 2000, Windy City Times established an award to acknowledge the young movers and shakers of the GLBT community: the 30 Under 30 Awards. Thirty young activists, journalists, students, HIV/AIDS volunteers and performers, each under the age of 30, were honored for their achievements in moving the GLBT community forward. Six years later, another 30 will get their honors on June 21 at Ann Sather Restaurant in Lakeview.

With more nominations coming in than previous years, it shows that there are many young people working everyday to make a change may it be in their school, in their community or in the world. Honoring them for their hard work hopefully helps them continue to grow and make others aware of the great things they do.

This year’s 30 honorees will be recognized for impacting or contributing to the GLBTQ community or mainstream community and include a district director for Senator Carol Ronen who helped fight for the passage of the state gay-rights bill that Governor Blagojevich signed into law last year, a co-founder of the Chicago Kings and production artistic coordinator for About Face Theatre, a neurobiology doctoral candidate at Northwestern University and, perhaps our most nationally well-known honoree, Jim Verraros, who was a Top 10 finalist on American Idol in its inaugural season who has been actively involved in performing at local Chicagoland events. Plus, there will be 26 more outstanding honorees. Each person has left an indelible mark on the community.

The celebration, headed by Windy City Times newspaper, will be sponsored along with AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Lesbian Community Cancer Project and Chicago House. The event is from 6-8 p.m. at Ann Sather Restaurant, 929 W. Belmont. This is a free event however RSVPs are being requested due to limited seating. RSVP to 773-871-7610.

The event will be co-hosted by Windy City Radio host Amy Matheny and Windy City Times’ managing editor, Andrew Davis. See www.windycitymediagroup.com.