50th Anniversary Gala


50th Anniversary Gala


October 19, 2017

5:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Sheraton Grand Chicago

301 E. North Water St.

Sheraton Grand Chicago 301 E. North Water St. Chicago, IL 60611 United States






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Fifty years ago, Sargent Shriver inspired us to believe that all Americans deserve the right to equal access to justice and opportunity. Today, we are the lawyers, community activists and allies across the country joined together as one of the nation’s leading advocates for the poor, giving voice to people living in poverty. Join us at our 50th anniversary gala to celebrate the legacy of Sarge and the advancement of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. 

Featured Performer

Hasan Minhaj

Hasan Minhaj is a comedian, actor, and writer. He is a senior correspondent on the award-winning program The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and he was the featured performer at the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. His critically acclaimed one man show, Homecoming King, debuted on Netflix this spring.

Sargent Shriver Equal Justice Award

Vanita Gupta

Vanita Gupta is president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. She has been working to advance civil rights her entire career. Before joining The Leadership Conference in June 2017, Gupta served as Acting Assistant Attorney General and head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. Appointed in October 2014 by President Barack Obama as the chief civil rights prosecutor for the United States, Gupta oversaw a wide range of criminal and civil enforcement efforts to ensure equal justice and protect equal opportunity for all during one of the most consequential periods for the division.

State Champion Award

Toni Preckwinkle

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has been a dedicated community leader for over two decades. She has worked with the Cook County Board of Commissioners, elected officials and county employees to implement major reform and reshape county government through fiscal responsibility, innovative leadership, transparency & accountability, and improved services. President Preckwinkle has developed a broad policy agenda—focusing on critical public safety reform, working to strengthen the county’s health care system, and increasing the capacity and capability of economic development efforts.

Corporate Partner Awards

  • Goldberg Kohn
  • Hughes Socol

Tickets are $500 for individuals and corporate sponsorship opportunities are still available.

Attire: black-tie optional.


Event Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

Golden Sponsor

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors


  • Allstate Insurance Company
  • BMO Harris Bank
  • Bruce Simon & Ben Lazare
  • Dentons
  • Family Health Network
  • Google
  • Illinois Health and Hospital Association
  • McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce LLC
  • PwC/Brenda Russell
  • Quarles & Brady/Janice Rodgers
  • SIHF Healthcare
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
  • Weinberg/Newton Foundation


  • AFSCME Council 31
  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
  • Susan & David Axelrod
  • Sheila & Robert Berner
  • Block Steel Corp.
  • William Brodsky
  • Debbie & David Chizewer
  • Linda & Harold Chizewer/Silverstein LP
  • Jacob Contreras
  • Crown Family Philanthropies
  • Harlene Ellin & Michael H. Cramer
  • Elizabeth Gracie
  • Divida Gude & Hoyland Ricks
  • Goldberg Kohn
  • Grand Victoria Foundation
  • Humana
  • Irving Harris Foundation
  • Paul Hastings
  • Jenner & Block
  • Sheila & Christopher Kennedy
  • Kirkland & Ellis
  • Chastity Lord
  • Bill Lowry/S. Kastrup
  • McCormick Foundation
  • Miner, Barnhill & Galland
  • O'Keefe Lyons & Hynes, LLC
  • Marva Paull
  • Polk Bros. Foundation
  • Reed Smith
  • Roseland Community Hospital
  • Catherine Robb
  • Bettylu & Paul Saltzman
  • Rebecca Sive & Steven Tomashefsky
  • Sinai Health Systems

Official Airline

Honorary Host Committee

  • Newton & Jo Minow
  • Christopher & Sheila Kennedy
  • Maria Shriver
  • Tim Shriver
  • Jeanne & Mark Shriver
  • Bobby Shriver

Host Committee Co-Chairs

  • Jacob Contreras
  • Janice Rodgers

Host Committee

  • Joseph Antolin
  • David & Susan Axelrod
  • David & Debbie Chizewer
  • Gregory Dallaire
  • Harry Rosenberg & Rachel Dvorken
  • Steven Eppler-Epstein
  • Sunny Fischer
  • Michael Golden
  • Elizabeth Gracie
  • Graham Grady
  • Divida Gude
  • Damion Heron
  • Case Hoogendoorn
  • Hon. James Houlihan
  • Earl Johnson
  • Ed & Ethel Klein
  • Fred Klein
  • Chastity Lord
  • Lisa Marsh Ryerson
  • Rita McLennon
  • Bill & Gayle Meyers
  • Judd Miner
  • Betty Musburger
  • David Weinberg & Jerry Newton
  • Mike & Stephanie Oettinger
  • Denis Pierce
  • Vincent Robinson & Preston Powell
  • Catherine Robb
  • Brenda Russell
  • Paul & Bettylu Saltzman
  • Daniel Schlessinger
  • Eugene & Faith Schoon
  • Jill Schuker
  • Tim Silard
  • Amanda Sonneborn
  • Fred & Nikki Stein
  • Steven Tomashefsky
  • Raj Vohra
  • AJ Wilhelmi

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Sargent Shriver famously and frequently posed two questions to everyone from his closest friends to his newest acquaintance: "What have you done today to make this a better world? What will you do tomorrow?"

In celebration of our 50th year, the Shriver Center hopes to spark broadened conversation about poverty and inequality through Justice Dinners to be held across the country.


Connect. Engage. Act.

Justice Dinners are an opportunity for Shriver Center ambassadors, friends, and supporters to gather for intimate and engaging conversations on poverty, racial justice, and policy solutions that can be implemented at the federal, state, and local level.

Hosted by Shriver Center supporters, the 50 Justice Dinners to be held across the country in 2017 will generate ideas, expand networks, and enlist allies for justice and opportunity.

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