Fundraiser: A Night at the Black Ensemble Theater

A recent event featured the BET production "Chicago's Golden Soul," a showcase of artists of international acclaim who got their start in public housing, e.g., Curtis Mayfield, Jerry Butler. 

At our pre-show reception we acknowledged the Alphawood Foundation  for their $750,000 gift. Alphawood's generosity will help the Museum to come home to 1322 Taylor St. As a part of the fundraiser, we also recognized several women leaders who are shining examples of some of the excellence that was bred in public housing, including Sunny Fischer; Senator Mattie Hunter; Mary Mitchell of the Chicago Sun-Times; Mattie Butler, former background singer for brother Jerry Butler; Francine Washington, president of CHA's Central Advisory Council; and Jackie Taylor, founder of the Black Ensemble Theater.

Chicago luminaries in attendance included The Honorable Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State; Cook County Recorder of Deeds and Vice Chair of the Illinois Democratic Party Karen Yarbrough; NPHM chair Sunny Fischer; Alphawood Foundation Chicago Executive Director Jim McDonough and Alphawood Foundation Associate Director Brad White.

Photos belong to Al Cato and Maya Dukmasova. Maya is a freelance journalist and photographer based in Chicago. She writes a blog "A kitchen for every pot " devoted to news, analysis and commentary on public housing today. Click here for her blog or find her on twitter @mdoukmas