Shriver Center’s 50th Anniversary Gala

The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law celebrated their 50th anniversary on Thursday, October 19th, 2017 at the Sheraton Grand Chicago Hotel. As guests made their way down the registration hall, excitement filled the air. VIP guests enjoyed a private cocktail reception in the Sheraton’s Fountain View Room before heading upstairs to join the rest of the guests on the Promenade for passed hors d’oeuvres, open bar, and networking.

Once inside the ballroom, the event kicked off with a welcome from the 50th Anniversary Co-Chairs; Janice Rodgers and Jacob Contreras. Special greetings from Shriver President John Bouman and MSNBC’s Joy Reid led the event into the Corporate Award Winners; Goldberg Kohn and Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. Next came dinner which featured a fall inspired salad including a chili roasted apple with a bouquet of greens, candied walnuts, and topped with a balsamic vinaigrette. The evening’s main entrée featured a duo of grilled petit filet accompanied by herbed bamboo rice with smoked parsnip puree and pan seared escolar with an exotic mushroom glaze, roasted acorn squash risotto, and a vegetable caponata.

The event continued with the presentation of the 2017 Sargent Shriver Equal Justice Award which was given to Vanita Gupta. Toni Preckwinkle was then honored with the 2017 State Champion Award. Guests were then pleasantly surprised when the big screens suddenly introduced a video from a very special Shriver Center supporter, Former President Barack Obama. Motivated and inspired by the former President, guests were ready to raise funds to help Shriver Center fight poverty as paddles went up all over the room to donate and live-bid on packages including a Cancun vacation, Chicago “Stay-cation”, and Southwest airfare package. With donation’s hitting and even exceeding Shriver Center’s goal of $100,000, the room erupted in loud cheers and many rounds of applause!

The high-energy continued with a comedic and enlightening performance from Hasan Minaj, Senior Correspondent on the Daily Show and the featured performer at the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. Hasan drew the crowd in and helped gain insight on tough issues like discrimination through light hearted but eye-opening comedy. Once the crowd contained their laughter, it was out to the Promenade for drinks, dessert, and dancing the night away.

The Shriver Center 50th Anniversary Gala was their largest event to date and thanks to the help of generous sponsors and attendees, it was their most successful as well.

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.

To learn more on the Shriver Center, please visit

Posted on November 13, 2017 in Client Events, Event Planning

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