2004 Annual Event, An Evening for Equality, Raises Much-Needed Funds
On December 2nd, Equip for Equality realized its second most successful fundraiser in the organization's 19-year history in a memorable celebration gathering of more than 200 guests and participants at the Renaissance Chicago Hotel. Host J.B. Pritzker attended and carried the winning silent-auction bid on a performance from the Old Town School of Music Beatles Ensemble.
WBBM Channel 2 television reporter, Dave Savini guided the evening's program and shared his experiences working with Equip for Equality on a five-part news series exposing abusive confinement of children with disabilities in Illinois schools. Congressman Lane Evans, recipient of our Civic Leadership Award, spoke movingly about his efforts to assist veterans and their families who have acquired disabilities from such duty-related dangers as Agent Orange. Demetra Koelling, senior counsel for Sears, represented the Chicagoland Business Leadership Network in accepting our Corporate Excellence Award, and author Alex Kotlowitz touched the audience with stories about his adopted child with hearing disabilities. A special musical performance and tribute video celebrated the accomplishments of Former State Representative Dolly Hallstrom on her 80th birthday, rousing a standing ovation and tearful congratulations.
The event not only allowed Equip for Equality to raise much-needed funds, but also successfully brought together members of the disability community and some of the state's most prominent political figures to support one common mission…the full inclusion and participation of people with disabilities in society.
Equip for Equality looks forward to celebrating its 20th Anniversary this coming Fall. Visit our website for updates on all our coming events.