The Crusader Newspaper Group

QCUL to host Equality Gala ‘A Toast to the Future’ – Oct. 26

The Quad County Urban League (QCUL) will host their 2019 Annual Equality Gala “A Toast to the Future” on Saturday, October 26th at the Chicago Marriott Southwest Hotel. The black-tie fundraiser supports the organization’s core values of racial justice, civil rights, and economic empowerment. Entertainment headliners are the eclectic and exciting  Dirty Muggs of St. Louis. Chairing this year’s Gala is Guy Albertson, President of UPS CACH operations in Hodgkins, IL.

The Gala brings together people of various ethnic, cultural, and professional backgrounds to raise awareness and funds to support the mission, programs, and services of the Quad County Urban League. The mission of the QCUL is to help secure opportunities for all disadvantaged persons and people of color, including women and persons with disabilities. Funds raised at the 2019 Annual Equality Gala support the programs of the QCUL which encompass education, workforce development and building strong communities. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds will fund educational scholarships for youth.

This year, the Quad County Urban League is celebrating 44 years of service to our communities,” said Theodia Gillespie, president and CEO of the QCUL. “This annual event provides needed funds to strengthen the quad county communities through education, job creation and other needed resources.”

Guests attending this year’s event will enjoy an elegant evening filled with fine dining, live entertainment, a live auction and raffle along with many other surprises. Emcee for the event will be Devorah Crable. The Gala begins at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and dinner, and a silent auction.

The program begins at 7:30, followed by a live auction. Live auction items include golf and vacation packages with airfare on Southwest Airlines.

Sponsors for this year’s Gala include Nicor Gas, ComEd, Comcast, NPL, Southwest Airlines, PNC and UPS. Tickets and tables are still available by calling 630-851-2203 or visiting Follow the QCUL on social media using the hashtag #QCUL #StandInTheGapWithQCUL and #AToasttotheFuture.

The gala will begin with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. followed by the program/dinner at 7:30 p.m. in the Chicago Marriott Southwest Hotel, 1200 Burr Ridge Pkwy, Burr Ridge, IL.

About the Quad County Urban League

Founded in 1975, the Quad County Urban League (QCUL) supports racial justice, civil rights and economic empowerment for African Americas and others within the Quad Counties (DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will) of Illinois. As an advocate for educational excellence and economic self-reliance we develop programs and services to empower children, youth and adults. The Quad County Urban League shares the commitment of the 109-year old community based Urban League movement. QCUL joins 99 other dedicated affiliates in their charge to create sustainable economic and civil community models with global impact. Visit for more information.

Recent News

Scroll to Top