eta honors five who are successfully “Resurrecting Spirit and Reclaiming Community”


Benefit Gala set for Saturday, September 8 at eta Square


CHICAGO, IL – Diane Latiker, Tio Hardiman, Tim King, Dr. Doriane Miller and the Chicago Music Association/NANM all receive honors at eta’s annual benefit gala Saturday, September 8, 2012.  Featuring fabulous food, dancing, live entertainment and an awards ceremony, general chairs are Les F. Bond, Jr., CEO, Attucks Asset Management and Attorney Anthony Schumann, owner, Grant Schumann, LLC.  Coordinating chairs are sisters Gloria Jenkins-Harvey and Lola Jenkins of the Westside Association for Community Action (WACA).   The event takes place from 7 pm – midnight at eta Square, 7558 S. South Chicago Avenue.  Contribution is only $125.  For tickets and information, call 773-752-3955 or visit .

“The people we have chosen to honor this year all exemplify the power within each individual to effect change,” said Phillip Thomas, president of eta.  “Each of them is using their particular discipline – music, education, medicine, activism and theater to make a difference in their communities.”  

Each of the honorees are examples of what it takes to “resurrect spirit and reclaim community.”   Activist Diane Latiker singlehandedly took the major step of opening her home to the young people in Roseland, offering them a safe haven and a sanctuary for mentoring.  Community organizer Tio Hardiman took an award-winning program proven to reduce violence and expanded it, including piloting a highly specialized violence intervention program that mediates conflict on the “front end” instead of on the “back end.”  Educator Tim King challenged the status quo by creating all-male charter public high schools in Chicago that for two years straight have sent 100% of graduating classes to 4-year colleges or universities. 

Dr. Doriane Miller, M.D. successfully used theater to address the issue of depression in youth due to exposure to violence, and solutions for healing.

Chicago Music Association, Branch #1 of the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc. is being recognized for preserving all genres of the music of African Americans.

 Held annually on the first Saturday after Labor Day, the festive gala features a silent auction, fine wine and champagne pull, a scrumptious soulful buffet catered by Fanfares by Faye, an open bar, dancing to live and recorded music, an array of live entertainment including Muntu Dance Theatre, Khalidah’s North African Dance Experience, karaoke, “Land of 100 Dances” and more.  The centerpiece of the evening is the presentation of awards.

Established in April 1971, eta Creative Arts Foundation is the first full cultural arts complex in the African American Community.  Widely known as one of the city’s leading nonprofit tax-exempt organizations, eta’s mission is to be a major cultural resource institution for the preservation, perpetuation and promulgation of the African American aesthetic nationwide.  eta provides professional training and performance opportunities for youth and adults, artists and technicians; arts-in-education programs; a visual arts gallery for the display and sale of original artwork, and exposure for the general public to authentic valid projections of African American lifestyles, experiences and aspirations.