The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law celebrated their annual gala on Friday, October 4th, 2019 at the beautiful Palmer House Hilton. Over 800 advocates, clients, partners, and supporters gathered to celebrate the movement for economic and racial justice. VIP guests enjoyed a private cocktail reception before heading into the main ballroom. As guests arrived and networked with friends and colleagues, they were able to enjoy delicious passed appetizers including smoke salmon rose, portobello mushroom ratatouille, coconut crusted shrimp and seared duck breast with fig and vidalia onion jam while listening to live music and bidding on the premium silent auction.
Once inside the ballroom, the event kicked off with a welcome from the gala co-hosts of the evening, Marguerite Griffin and Kevin Conlon. Following their acknowledgements, the guests enjoyed a delicious dinner which featured an arugula salad with butternut squash and goat cheese with the evening’s main entrée being a duo of braised short rib and Alaskan halibut with potatoes au gratin, grilled asparagus and roasted baby carrots.
The event continued with remarks from David Axelrod who introduced the video presentation honoring John Bouman who received the 2019 Sargent Shriver Equal Justice Award and got a standing ovation. This led into powerful words from the Vice President of Development, Keenya Lambert before Keith Jones led the live auction and paddle raise where they once again hit their goal of raising over $100,000.
The high-energy continued after a thrilling paddle raise and moving words from all the speakers and award recipients. Keenya Lambert came back on stage and had the pleasure of introducing the speaker of the night, Emmy Award winning host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah, who was accompanied by Natalie Moore. After a great conversation between Natalie Moore and Trevor Noah, board chair Debbie Chizewer gave her closing remarks to end the live program. Afterwards, VIP guests experienced a special meet and greet with Trevor Noah and were able to have their pictures taken with him.
The night concluded with a delicious dessert reception outside the main ballroom and guests leaving with the many silent auction packages they won including a Connoisseur wine package, Las Vegas Package, Chicago Sports tickets and memorabilia package, an all-inclusive trip to Jamaica and more! Overall the Gala was very successful and helped raise nearly $1 million to support the Shriver Center’s ongoing work on the frontlines in the fight against poverty.
The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law provides national leadership in advancing laws and policies that secure justice to improve the lives and opportunities of people living in poverty. The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law brings together lawyers, community leaders and allies from across the country as the nation’s leading advocate for people living in poverty. Our goal is to make justice, equality and opportunity work for everyone.