Howard Brown Health Center to host Garden of Eve Pride XL, Friday, Nov. 7

Thu. November 6, 2014 11:47 AM

Chicago, IL - Howard Brown Health Center (HBHC) supporters are gearing up to bust a move on November 7 as three of Chicago's most prominent entertainers gather for a battle of the DJs at the fifth annual Garden of Eve. Partygoers can expect to take sides on the dance floor at Venue One, 1034 W. Randolph Street, from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m.

"The battle of the DJs guarantees that this year's party will be bigger and more exciting than ever," promised Bethany Minor, a longtime Garden of Eve co-chair and attendee who helped land the night's musical entertainment.

"I've been going to events where they have been DJs since 2006 or 2007, and it has been awesome seeing them hone their craft and develop into rock star DJs," she said. "They are on the cutting edge of finding new and exciting artists and music that I've never heard as well as playing some of my all-time favorites."

These handpicked DJs will spin their sets throughout the evening, creating a dynamic musical backdrop for this Pride XL celebration of four decades of community service.

First up will be DJ All the Way Kay, a veteran Chicago entertainer for more than 10 years and headliner at several events including Back Lot Bash: Chicago's Ladies Pride Weekend the Chicago Reader Pride Cruise and Chicago Reader People Issue Party and the Halfway to MichFest Party.

Next up will be DJ Katie Kirby, who will bring her dynamic musical forte to the dance floor with her background as a producer, drummer, vocalist, and member of pop rock band Stiletto Attack. She currently brings her fast, rhythmic sounds to venues all over Chicago, including Spin Nightclub and Pint in Wicker Park.

Finally, the night will close with the impeccable DJ Gloria Alers, who is best known for her ability to intoxicate crowds with a fusion of club, hip-hop, R&B, electro, salsa, reggaeton and house music. Proceeds from Garden of Eve Pride XL will benefit a range of programs that support health equality for women, youth, transgender and elder services at HBHC. 

"Being able to provide quality and culturally competent health care to our diverse community, regardless of ability to pay, is our leading priority," said David Ernesto Munar, HBHC President and CEO. "The financial support for these crucial services helps us narrow the health disparities gap that disproportionately affects LGBT Chicagoans."

Susana Darwin and Amy Walsh, John McGowan, Bethany Minor, Mary Morten, Jackie Richter and Denise Scarpelli are the co-chairs of this event. And sponsors include Walgreens, Abbvie, Gilead, MillerCoors, PepsiCo, Health Brand Group, Olivia Travel, Northern Trust, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Design Construction Concepts/Mosaic Construction, LLC, and CNA.

To learn more about tickets and sponsorship opportunities, visit HBHC online at, or contact Lisa Yelton, Development Manager, at (773) 572-5117 or at

From a news release