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DURING its 125th anniversary, the Service Club of Chicago continued the tradition of its “Day on the Terrace” luncheon and fashion show at the Peninsula Chicago Hotel. The annual runway show gave attendees a first look at some of this fall’s hottest and stylish fashions from retailers such as Maximilian Furs at Bloomingdale’s, CH-Carolina Herrera, Escada, Ike Behar, LuLu’s Vintage, Neiman Marcus, Ralph Lauren, St. John, Tom James and Vera Wang. Among the models were Service Club members and local celebrities, including TV personalities Rob Johnson, Suzanne Le Mignot, Ryan Baker (and his daughter Grace), all from CBS 2 Chicago; and sportscaster Jim Rose from ABC-7. This year’s co-chairs of the event were Jean Antoniou, Yvette Cusack, Sharyl Mackey and Tracey DiBuono. A sold-out crowd came in support of the popular fundraiser that was arranged by one of the oldest philanthropic organizations in Chicago, founded in 1890.
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The Service Club of Chicago's 'Day on the Terrace'
Aldon D. Morris' W.E.B. Du Bois Book-Signing Event
The Institute of Latin Music Benefit Gala
AWARD-WINNING singer/songwriter Victor Manuelle will headline the inaugural Institute of Latin Music gala benefit concert at the Auditorium Theatre on August 29. A chart-topper since the early '90s with his brand of salsa music, Manuelle will share the stage with Grammy Award-winning vocalist Willy Torres of the world-renowned Spanish Harlem Orchestra. Previously, Torres has recorded with a number of top vocalists, including Rey Ruiz, Tito Nieves, Alexandre Pires, Ricardo Montaner, Christian Castro and Ricky Martin. The concert will also include guest appearances by Chicago Cuatrista Fabian Saldana and folkloric Bomba Y Plena performers Groupo Buya. The Institute of Latin Music is a 501c3 organization that provides music programs to Chicago's underserved communities. For tickets and more information about the event, go to www.auditoriumtheatre.org.
ALDON D. MORRIS' new book, The Scholar Denied: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Birth of Modern Sociology, was at the center of attention during a discussion and book-signing at CityPoint Loft. A major scholar of social movements, Morris, the Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Northwestern University and the author of Origins of the Civil Rights Movement: Black Communities Organizing for Change, focuses on how the leading scholars of the day disparaged and ignored Du Bois’ work. Morris says the book is based on extensive research that exposes the economic and political factors that marginalized the contributions of Du Bois, who was a civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, sociologist, educator, historian, writer, editor, poet and scholar. Noted author, activist and philosopher Dr. Cornel West, says: “Aldon Morris has given us a great gift: The truth of Du Bois’ genius and America’s denial of it! Don’t miss this pioneering text!”
Aldon D. Morris (top) talks about the process it took to create his new project and (above) signs the book for his former Bradley University classmate, Georgina Heard-Labonne.