‘Speakeasy’ gala marks Ambassadors’ 14th year

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Darryl Dennard

The drama of the 1920s era Prohibition speakeasy will enchant guests on Saturday, October 20, when the Ambassadors for Edgewater hosts its annual gala. For 14 years the Ambassadors have hosted a gala, raising funds to provide services to persons experiencing behavioral health challenges. The organization’s fundraiser allows it to develop marketing programs aimed at removing the stigma associated with mental illness, and addiction.

Featuring a “speakeasy” theme, the event will offer a live seven piece band, and other entertainment, playing music appropriate to the speakeasy era. Guests are invited to put on their theme related “glad rags,” and enjoy the music, food, silent auction, and gaming tables.

Award winning broadcast journalist Darryl Dennard will emcee the gala. Dennard is heard weekly on WVAZ-FM, WGCI-FM, and WGRB-AM. He hosts Chicago Insight and Chicago Speaks.

Highlighting the evening, the Ambassadors for Edgewater will present two Commonweal Awards.

The Broadway Area Community Development Corporation is the recipient of the Commonweal Award for Institutional Leadership, recognizing institutional leadership in promoting the common good in communities faced with difficult challenges.

Senator Joe Donnelly

Senator Joe Donnelly will be acknowledged as recipient of the Commonweal Award for Personal and Professional Leadership. The award recognizes contributions by individuals that illustrate the common good holds priority over personal gain.

Edgewater Health provides primary care and behavioral health services. Its commitment to the “whole person” is directed at achieving full circle care, including the development of evidence based treatment tactics.

For additional information about the Speakeasy Gala contact Janelle St. John at (219) 885-4264 x2604.

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