Center's Human First gala to honor leaders advancing LGBTQ community, April 21

Sat. April 14, 2018 12:13 PM by News Staff

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Jody Watley to perform at Center on Halsted's Human First gala

Chicago, IL - Center on Halsted's 11th annual Human First gala will take place Saturday, April 21, with Grammy-winning music legend Jody Watley scheduled to perform live.

The 2018 Human First gala will honor four outstanding civic leaders known for their important contributions to the LGBTQ movement. The Human First Award honorees include Marcia Lipetz, Victoria Raymont, Dr. Tom Klein and David Gitomer.

The ACLU of Illinois is the recipient of the 2018 Community Spirit Award, and Executive Director Colleen K. Connell will accept the honor on behalf of the ACLU.

Watley will join the celebration with a performance "that serves as an artistic statement of support for advancing the health and well-being of Chicago's LGBTQ community," according to event organizers.

Noteworthy long-term supporters of the Center and elected officials planning to attend include Michael and Cari Sacks, Laura Ricketts and Brooke Skinner Ricketts, Illinois gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker, Illinois state Sen. Heather Steans and Chicago Ald. Tom Tunney.

The Human First gala will be held at The Geraghty, 2520 S. Hoyne Ave. Cocktails and a reception will start at 5:30 p.m., with awards, dinner, performances and dancing commencing at 7 p.m.