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Archive for May 26th, 2015

Man Sentenced to Prison for Cigarette Smuggling in Champaign

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CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) announced that Lemont Baggett, 51, of Chicago was sentenced to two years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after he pleaded guilty to felony cigarette smuggling in Champaign County. Baggett was arrested in Champaign County on August 21, 2013 with approximately 3,880 packages of cigarettes from the State of Missouri.

“I am pleased with the court’s ruling in this matter,” said Connie Beard, Director of Revenue.  “We must remain vigilant in our efforts to prevent black market cigarettes by holding violators accountable for their actions.  “I commend the Attorney General’s office and Department of Revenue’s Criminal Investigations unit for securing the conviction of Mr. Baggett.”

While on bond, Baggett was subsequently stopped in Cook County on December 15, 2013 and found to be in possession of 315 packs of cigarettes.  Baggett pleaded guilty to the Champaign case as a global resolution to both cases.

Assistant Attorney General Jim Rustik handled the case for Madigan’s Special Prosecutions Bureau.

The Illinois Department of Public Health Urges Illinoisans to Take Precautions Against West Nile Virus

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Illinois Department of Public Health offers tips for avoiding mosquito bites

SPRINGFIELD, IL – As we start to see warmer weather, we will start to see mosquitoes, and that means West Nile virus.  The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) began accepting birds for West Nile virus testing on May 1, 2015.  Local health departments will also collect birds and mosquito samples for West Nile virus testing in order to track the virus across Illinois.

“Since we started seeing human West Nile virus cases in Illinois back in 2002, 2,137 people have been infected, including 133 West Nile virus-related deaths,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., JD.  “While we have seen West Nile virus in Illinois over the past 13 years, it’s important that we don’t become complacent and that we continue to protect ourselves from mosquito bites.”

Predicting West Nile virus activity is like predicting the weather, it can change week to week.  The key factors in determining high or low levels of West Nile virus activity are temperature and rainfall.  Although people usually notice mosquitoes during rainy conditions, those mosquitoes are commonly called floodwater or nuisance mosquitoes and typically do not carry West Nile virus.  In hot, dry weather, mosquitoes that do carry West Nile virus breed in stagnant water, like street catch basins and ditches, and multiply rapidly.

As temperatures warm up, remember to take some simple precautions to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and protect yourself from being bitten.  Precautions include practicing the three “R’s” – reduce, repel and report.

  • REDUCE exposure – minimize being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially between dusk and dawn.  If you go outside during these times, take precautions.   Even if mosquito numbers seem low, it only takes one bite from an infected mosquito to transmit the virus.

®    Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens.  Repair or replace screens that have tears or other openings.  Try to keep doors and windows shut, especially at night.

®    Eliminate, or refresh every couple days, all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed, including water in bird baths, ponds, flowerpots, wading pools, old tires, and any other receptacles.

  • REPEL – when outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535, according to label instructions. Consult a physician before using repellents on infants.
  • REPORT – report dead birds to your local health department.  In communities where there are organized mosquito control programs, contact your municipal government about areas of stagnant water in roadside ditches, flooded yards, and similar locations that may produce mosquitoes.

Additional information about West Nile virus can be found by logging onto www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/west-nile-virus.

New Black Invention Aims to Protect Children From Lawn Care Injuries

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With a solution to protecting children and others during lawn maintenance, Safe Cut can be used in both home and commercial applications.


Sherwin Boyce

Bridgetown, Barbados (BlackNews.com) – It is difficult to force children to stay inside when lawn work is being done. Safe Cut provides a physical barrier so that children and others will not be harmed while an individual is doing lawn maintenance. Sherwin Boyce, creator of the product, has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise financial support for the further development and future manufacturing of the product. The campaign has a goal of $30,000 and is offering many special perks to its supporters; this campaign will be going live on the 15th of July.

What’s the danger?

When children are around lawn mowing and trimming, they can become injured because they are often unaware of their surroundings while playing and those performing the work may not hear or see others near them. Regular lawn mowing and trimming may cause rocks and other debris to shoot up from the equipment, which can harm those surrounding the work. Safe Cut helps protect individuals from the debris and provides a temporary fence so that children and others may not run into the equipment.

Across America there are well over 400 black-owned and operated landscaping and lawn maintenance companies which employ thousands of individuals, in addition there are thousands more who perform lawn maintenance on their own, Safe Cut will allow these companies and individuals to perform their duties with clear minds that the risk of someone being injured from projectiles is greatly reduced.

How it works

Safe Cut has a “pending patent” status and all raised funds will go the building a working prototype, with the aim of taking it market. Safe Cut is made with a protective net and three telescoping poles, which sit on tripod legs. The legs can be adjusted to make the netting level with the ground and will securely fasten into the ground by stepping on the integrated protrusions. Made with a retractable nylon mesh net, which is stored inside the two end posts, the Safe Cut has a quick set-up time. The design of the temporary fence will also allow the net to extend upward, creating an overhang, which catches flying debris. The barrier can be easily stored once it is retracted. It folds in upon itself, providing a neat and compact package inside the provided storage case.

The new protective barrier can be used at home or in hotels and other commercial settings. Supporters of the Safe Cut campaign will be the first to own the new equipment. Visit www.indiegogo.com/project/preview/0584f32f to learn more.
AboutSafe Cut:
Safe Cut was created by Sherwin Boyce, a husband and father of two boys. The ex-soldier is a former finalist in the Inaugural Prime Ministers National Innovative Competition in Barbados. With 10 years of military experience, Boyce has served as a security consultant to hotels and other companies; he has also served as a constituency councilor for the district of St. Michael Central. Sherwin has decided to go the route of Crowdfunding after he was denied funding request sighting the fact that “since there is no legislation governing the need to protect passersby from flying debris during the cutting of lawns that most persons will not purchase one”.

More information about Safe Cut can be attained by emailing: info@safecutonline.com

Photo Caption:Sherwin Boyce, creator of Safe Cut


Vietnam Veteran Confirmed as IDVA Assistant Director

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran Harry F. Sawyer, a 33-year state employee, was confirmed as the Assistant Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) by the Illinois Senate in a unanimous vote today.

“Harry Sawyer is a great friend and advocate for our Illinois veterans and their families,” said Erica Jeffries, Army veteran and Director, Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs. “He brings a strong record of accomplishment and leadership to this position, and is well known and respected in the veteran community.  We are fortunate to have him in this position.”

As the Assistant Director, Sawyer will manage special projects and oversee the state-wide field operations of the IDVA, which has the mission to empower veterans and their families to thrive.  The IDVA veteran service officers assist veterans and their family members in navigating the system of federal, state, and local resources and benefits.

“I am honored to be confirmed as the Assistant Director for the IDVA,” said Sawyer. “I appreciate the opportunity and look forward to working with the great IDVA team while continuing to provide professional services, support, and engagement with the over 721,000 veterans and their family members across Illinois.  I am grateful to Governor Rauner and Director Jeffries for this opportunity and the efforts of our previous IDVA leaders.”

Sawyer joined the IDVA in 1982 as a Veteran Service Officer (VSO), and has worked for over three decades in helping veterans and surviving family members to obtain benefits earned through military service.  Selected as the North Division Supervisor for other VSOs, Sawyer later became the Field Services Manager in 2005, overseeing the selection, training, certification, and daily operations of the IDVA’s state-wide VSO offices and outreach events.

As a young man, Sawyer enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served aboard the USS Agerholm (DD 826), including a tour of duty off the coast of Vietnam.  Completing his enlistment in 1970, he received an honorable discharge and returned to Illinois where he worked as a florist until 1979, when he began assisting his fellow veterans as a service officer with the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Sawyer is a member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and other organizations. Originally from Hillside, he and his wife Diane reside in Lombard, Illinois.

PARCC Test Will be Shorter, Easier to Administer Beginning Next School Year

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PARCC states vote to simplify test administration and shorten test time while ensuring reliable results


SPRINGFIELD, IL — The new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment will return next year with a shorter, simpler format to improve the testing process for both students and educators.

The exam was originally divided into two parts that measure different types of knowledge and skills. The PARCC Governing Board voted to consolidate the two testing windows into one and reduce total test time for most students by 90 minutes beginning in the 2015-16 school year. The vote came in response to school district feedback during the first year of testing and a careful review of the test design.

“These changes to the structure will not take away from the PARCC test’s vital purpose to ensure that each student in every school is learning the skills and knowledge needed in order to advance to the next grade level and ultimately, college and/or careers,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “We made the changes in response to the insights and comments we’ve heard from teachers, students, and parents. We are committed to listening to feedback, now and in the future, and will continue working on the content and process based upon that feedback.”

The decision will make the test easier for schools and districts to administer, takes less student time in most instances, and also reduces the amount of time necessary to administer the test. The exam will continue to align to the new Illinois Learning Standards and maintain its focus on critical thinking, concept mastery, and writing skills. The PARCC assessment will also still provide reliable and valid information about student achievement that students, their families, teachers, and schools can use to improve teaching and learning for individual students and for students as a group.

The single testing window will simplify the test administration for schools that expressed concerns about the challenge of scheduling two testing windows. Although the assessment will be given in one testing window in future years, the test will still contain the same extended tasks and writing exercises that are important for measuring students’ critical thinking and concept mastery. The testing window will be up to 30 days and will extend from roughly the 75 percent mark of the school year to the 90 percent mark.

Going forward, the PARCC exam will also now consist of six or seven test units, depending on grade level, compared to the eight or nine sessions that students took this year. The PARCC Governing Board’s decision also reduces the math testing time by 60 minutes and removes a half hour from the English language arts portion for most students. (Each year a limited number of students will participate in an additional embedded ELA field-test unit.)

Results from the first PARCC exam administration will be available in late fall. The 2015 results will take additional time to produce because classroom teachers and higher education content experts from each state, including Illinois, must review the first year of student scores and determine performance levels based on appropriate score ranges.

Johnny Bench and Country Singer Kaley Caperton Launch PSA for National Guard Youth Foundation

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New Video Highlights Alternative Program for High School Dropouts

Watch PSA Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQHgkQ_h9cs&feature=youtu.be

Alexandria, VA – Major League Baseball Hall of Fame Catcher Johnny Bench and Country Singer Kaley Caperton are lending their voices to the National Guard Youth Foundation (NGYF) in a new PSA to raise awareness about a program to help solve our nation’s high school dropout epidemic. The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program provides a second chance at a successful life to youth after previously dropping out of school.

“”Our Youth can use your support,” said Johnny Bench. “The dropout rate is alarming for more reasons than just giving up. The stories will bring tears to your eyes. I’ve sat with kids whose lives have been completely turned around with the help of NGYF.  Because they now have a future, they will support America and not ask for support in the future.”

“I’m proud to work with the National Guard Youth Foundation to support ChalleNGe and raise awareness of this critical program that is providing second chances to those who need it,” said Country Singer Kaley Caperton. “No certain kind of kid goes into the program, but a certain kind of kid comes out.”

The thirty-second public service announcement features Bench with music written and performed by Caperton.

“We are honored to have Johnny and Kaley help us raise awareness of the dropout issue and the opportunity the ChalleNGe program provides to youth who were not succeeding in the traditional classroom setting,” said Louis A. Cabrera, president of NGYF.  “ChalleNGe has put more than 130,000 young men and women on a path to achieve their dreams. With the help of Johnny and Kaley, perhaps more lives will be changed.”

ChalleNGe is a voluntary program for 16-18 year-olds who have dropped out of school and desire a chance to change the trajectory of their lives. It includes both a residential and post-residential phase and has been proven to boost academic achievement, college attendance and earnings. The program teaches life skills, coping techniques, increases self-confidence and addresses the underlying issues that led the youth to drop out of school.

About the National Guard Youth Foundation

The National Guard Youth Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to addressing the nation’s school dropout crisis by giving youth a second chance through the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program. NGYF advocates for and supports ChalleNGe, run by the National Guard; raises awareness of the impact that the school dropout crisis has on our society, economy and national security; and provides ChalleNGe graduates with scholarships and career support to help them continue on their path of success. For more information, visit www.ngyf.org.

About the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program

Conducted at 35 academies across the country, the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program is operated in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Defense, National Guard Bureau, state governments and local sites. The program consists of a 5 1/2-month residential phase framed around eight core components: academic excellence, responsible citizenship, physical fitness, leadership/followership, job skills, service to the community, health and hygiene and life coping skills, and a 12-month post residential phase during which mentors continue to provide guidance and support to graduates.

Helping more than 130,000 teens to date turn their lives around, ChalleNGe is recognized as among the most cost-effective, highly rated programs of its kind for youth who have dropped out of school. An independent, multi-year study of the program by MDRC shows that high school diploma/ GED attainment increased by 29%; college attendance increased by 86% and annual earnings increased by 20%. An independent cost-benefit analysis by the RAND Corporation shows a 166% return on investment in the program – every dollar spent yielded a return of $2.66 in benefits to society.

Madigan Joins Federal, State Crackdown on Four Fake Cancer Charities

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Madigan, FTC & States Allege Charities Bilked Over $187 Million from Donors

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined with the Federal Trade Commission and state regulators from 49 states and the District of Columbia to file a lawsuit charging four sham cancer charities and their operators with bilking more than $187 million from donors. The lawsuit alleges the charities claimed donations would help cancer patients, including children diagnosed with cancer and women suffering from breast cancer, but the overwhelming majority of donations benefitted only the perpetrators, their associates and fundraisers.

The lawsuit was filed in Arizona federal court against Cancer Fund of America Inc. (CFA); Cancer Support Services Inc. (CSS); Children’s Cancer Fund of America Inc. (CCFOA); The Breast Cancer Society Inc. (BCS); and the directors of the charities: James Reynolds, Sr.; Kyle Effler; Rose Perkins; and James Reynolds, II a/k/a James Reynolds, Jr.

In announcing the lawsuit, the states and FTC also announced that CCFOA, BCS, and directors Effler, Perkins and James Reynolds II have agreed to settle the allegations contained in the complaint. Under the proposed settlement orders, Effler, Perkins and Reynolds II will be banned from fundraising, charity management, and oversight of charitable assets, and CCFOA and BCS will be liquidated and dissolved.

The lawsuit was the result of a multistate investigation and alleges the defendants used telemarketing calls, direct mail, websites and materials distributed by the Combined Federal Campaign, which raises money from federal employees for non-profit organizations, to portray themselves as legitimate charities that provided direct support to cancer patients across the country, such as providing patients with pain medication, transportation to chemotherapy and hospice care.

“These are among the most appalling cases of charitable fraud that my office has prosecuted,” Attorney General Madigan said. “These operators played on the heartstrings of well-intentioned donors, diverting what could have been significant funds for legitimate charities that instead were used by the defendants for their personal benefit.”

In reality, the complaint alleges these claims were deceptive and that the charities “operated as personal fiefdoms characterized by rampant nepotism, flagrant conflicts of interest, and excessive insider compensation, with none of the financial and governance controls that any bona fide charity would have adopted.”

The lawsuit alleges the defendants used their organizations for lucrative employment for family members and friends and spent donations on cars, trips, luxury cruises, college tuition, gym memberships, jet ski outings, sporting event and concert tickets, and dating site memberships. They hired professional fundraisers who often received 85 percent or more of every donation.

The complaint alleges that in order to hide their high administrative and fundraising costs from donors and regulators, the defendants falsely inflated their revenues by reporting over $223 million in donated “gifts in kind,” which they claimed to distribute to international recipients. In fact, the lawsuit alleges the defendants were merely pass-through agents for such goods. By reporting the inflated “gift in kind” donations, defendants created the illusion that they were larger and more efficient with donors’ dollars than they actually were. Madigan also alleged that the defendants filed false and misleading financial statements with her office’s Charitable Trust Bureau.

Bureau Chief Therese Harris and Assistant Bureau Chief Barry Goldberg are handling this case for Madigan’s Charitable Trust Bureau.

The Unexpected and Forgotten Face of HIV/AIDS

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Great film at the Black Ensemble Theatre, Chicago native filmmaker – global subject

Atlanta, GA. – The face of HIV/AIDS during the revolution of Romania was not a famous basketball player like Magic Johnson, but that of a child.

As change swept the Soviet Union in 1989, the Berlin Wall fell and revolution toppled the oppressive Romanian regime. In the years that followed, antiquated medical practices, extreme poverty and an unscreened blood supply led to a pediatric HIV/AIDS epidemic. Over 12,000 children in orphanages and hospitals were infected. The inspiring story of how some of those children survived, grew up, found love, and overcame enormous odds is told in the documentary After the Fall: HIV Grows Up, screening June 4th at the Black on Ensemble Theatre in Chicago, Illinois as part of the first annual International Cultural Festival.

Film Director Fr3deR1ck Taylor shares the universal picture of how panic, fear and discrimination leave these children abandoned. “Discovering the courage of these young people, and meeting the people who cared for them when no one else would, was so inspiring, ”he says. “Often we judge the surface. As a documentary filmmaker it’s all about finding the unexpected and telling the hidden story.”

The independent film chronicles the journey of three of the young ones who grow to be adults living with HIV in the ‘Japanese House’. Remarkably, Ashica, Mioara and Georgie develop a no tolerance attitude toward self-pity and live full lives. Pediatric Dr. Rodica Matusa was a real unsung hero in their survival and ability to flourish as adults. She was one of the few doctors willing to treat HIV/AIDS infected children, and is the founder of group homes for these forgotten children.

“I was told that I must go to the special doctor [Matusa] and I wondered why,” says, Ashica. “That is the way I learned I was infected by HIV/AIDS.” The friends’ dreams are simple: they want to find a place in real society, including a job and independence. Unexpectedly, they find much more.

The film is told in the voices of Romanian citizens of the former USSR, and offers a universal lesson to anyone who has endured challenge or been marginalized. It is the narrative of young people hopeful for a normal life.

After the Fall: HIV Grows Up debuts on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at the Black Ensemble Theatre; 4450 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois. Tickets are just $10 and can be purchased online at http://www.blackensembletheater.org/the-international-cultural-festival.

References: http://afterthefallfilm.com/about.html,http://www.historytoday.com/frederick-taylor/berlin-wall-secret-history,http://www.history.com/topics/cold-war/fall-of-soviet-union

For more information, contact Angelia Pressley at 404-671-7937.

Black Woman Entrepreneur Opens New Bed & Breakfast in Durham, N.C.

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TheLRoomBNB (The “L” Stands for Ladies) — “Every Woman Deserves A Mini Break”

Not Your Ordinary B & B; For Every Woman Who Has Ever Been Stressed
E. Clement Swan, founder of TheLRoomBNB

Durham, NC (BlackNews.com) — From unique restaurants, new condos to major hotel chains, the city of Durham, NC is expanding. And one African American woman and her team are ensuring that this growth includes a stress-free Bed & Breakfast for women. Her name is E. Clement Swan, and she calls her new venture “TheLRoomBNB”.

Swan, is a national marketing consultant, former publisher of NY SheBiz Magazine, and organizer of the NY SheBiz and The Black Wall Street National Conference. She researched this project for two years; every woman she interviewed said, Where is it? I need a break now. She is a resident and entrepreneur of Durham, NC, originally from Queens, New York. She visualized her mother, Gloria C. Swan, Registered Nurse; struggle as a single mom who raised five children – depressed and stressed out. In her moms memory, Swan and her team have created a safe space for women to relax, de-stress, rejuvenate, become renewed and engage with their peers. As more women have entered the workplace deaths and stress related illnesses (strokes, heart attacks, depression) among women have increased. TheLRoom seeks to assist in relieving that stress offering periodic Mini Breaks that will allow women to exhale making them more balanced and leading to better work, home and friend relationships.

Early funding from individuals and businesses helped secure the first LRoom house built in the 1920s. A soft opening occurred in February 2015. On April 25th, 2015 Swan and her team launched an Indiegogo.com Crowdfunding campaign to raise renovation funds for interior and exterior beautification, landscaping, furniture, flooring, and commercial appliances, train staff, hire licensed plumbers, electricians and carpenters, etc. The Grand Opening is planned for late Summer 2015. TheLRoomBNB is a completely new unique paradigm in the bed & breakfast industry. Coining the phrase Every Woman Deserves A Mini Break, it is designed as a dedicated space for every woman who has ever been stressed and requires a comfortable place to regroup. The goal is to help every guest enjoy this welcoming place as they get away from family, job and household stress. Its a place to study or work on that project, manuscript, or just nap; women centered events, comfortable and affordable; a clean environment without you doing the cleaning; engage in great conversation or solitude in nature or; relax with a good book, DVD or CD from our library. You can host meetings, gatherings, seminars, girls night out, lectures or; just hang out with friends. The amenities such as beautifully decorated rooms, a cozy fireplace, meeting spaces and gift shop with women made items. Enjoy healthy snacks (vegan and gluten free upon advance request) and beverages are available all day. Arrangements can be made for contract services such as massages, rieki, yoga, meditation, mindfulness training, manicures and pedicures.

The first location is in the trendy Central Park District of Durham, NC. Much needed renovations have begun on this 1920s house located at 107 West Geer Street. More funds are needed to fully remodel and maintain this house. It has three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, large front porch with swing and private garden back yard. This is the perfect home for a relaxing bed and breakfast, womens retreat and meeting space in this amazing location.

New York Times Article: A Corner of Durham, NC Comes To Life, is a flourishing area (West Geer Street, Central Park District), within walking distance to Downtown Durham, Amtrak, Grey Hound/Mega Bus, trendy restaurants, popular nightclubs, Durham Bulls Stadium, DPAC, Duke and North Carolina Central Universities. RDU Airport is a few minutes drive from TheLRoom.

Swan and her team are encouraging every woman and supportive men to Donate Today to help finish renovations and fully open this Wonderful Safe Place For Women. Many have asked about duplicating TheLRoom brand in other cities and that is the plan once the funds are raised to complete this Durham model home. Even though TheLRoom is not finished; advance event space rental deposits are being paid and overnight inquiries are coming in via text, email and phone. For more information about Donating, Memberships, Event Space Rental etc., see below.

Watch the video online at:
www.indiegogo.com/projects/thelroombnb#/story

Photo Caption: E. Clement Swan, founder of TheLRoomBNB
Photo Credit: Julia Wallace


The Chinese American Service League to Host Their 26th Annual Dinner Gala at The Field Museum – Featuring the New Cyrus Tang Hall of China

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CHICAGO, IL – Only a day after the Cyrus Tang Hall of China exhibit opens to the public, the Chinese American Service League (CASL) will be hosting its 26th Annual Dinner Gala at The Field Museum on Thursday, June 25th, 2015.

To celebrate this extraordinary new exhibit, CASL will kick-off a stunning gala celebration with a cocktail reception in front of the exhibit hall. Guests can view the full exhibit to the sound of traditional acoustic Chinese music, and an invigorating Lion Dance will mark the beginning of dinner. Following an elegant program of gourmet Asian fusion cuisine, a quartet from the VanderCook College of Music, entertainment and awards, guests can attend a second networking cocktail hour in front of the exhibit hall, and view the exhibit again.

The gala attendee maximum capacity (1300) will be nearly twice that of past galas. The Chinese American Service League wishes to make great strides in building supportive friendships new and old, and increase the awareness of our mission exponentially. This unprecedented CASL event will likewise provide its guests with an invaluable opportunity to come together as one Chicago community-one family with each member in support of each other, and together in support of CASL mission to make the American Dream possible for anyone who wishes to attain it.

Gala Chair: Tim Maloney, Bank of America Illinois President

Emcees: Judy Hsu (ABC-7), Nancy Loo (WGN-TV)

Special Appearances by Linda Yu, Joanie Lum, Judy Wang, Susanna Song, and Eric Horng

Tickets, Sponsorship and Info | Digital Invitation | Exhibit Info

Sponsors as of 5/21/15

Golden Ram: Chinatown Parking Corporation, Nielsen, Sue Ling Gin Charitable Foundation, U.S. Bank

Dragon: Anonymous,Baxter, ComEd, MacLean-Fogg Company, Lawrence Rosenzweig and Dr. Cynthia Wong, Wintrust Community Banks, Bob and Mayari Pritzker Foundation, Bruce and Beth White, Linda Yu

Phoenix: Anonymous, ABC-7, Ariel Investments, David and Marilyn Fatt-Vitale, Norm and Bonnie Finkel,

JP Morgan Chase, Lakeside Bank, Janet and Craig Duchossois, Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, PNC Bank, Walgreens, Robert R. McCormick Foundation, Art and Elaine Wong, Zeller Realty Group

Tiger: Akira | Gage Diamonds, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, BMO Harris Bank, Comcast, Gloria Castillo.

Cigna-HealthSpring, Stuart H. Ellison, Mandarin Leader, Nicor Gas, Northern Trust, Northwestern Medicine,

Pekin Singer Strauss Asset Management, site design group ltd, The Oberweis China Opportunities Fund, State Farm, Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Wight & Company, Cary Wong and Judith Tanaka, Jok and Sharon Wong,

University of Illinois at Chicago, R.M. Chin & Associates, Valerie Darryl and Curtis Tom, Wong & Knowles

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