Chicago Center gala

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul
Assistant to the Editor

The Hyde Park-based Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture’s (CCULC) yearly spring fundraiser will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, April 20, at Ignite Glass Studios, 401 N. Armor St.

The not-for-profit organization offering college students social work and teaching opportunities in urban communities will host a dinner, dancing and an awards presentation.

One of this year’s honorees will be historian Timuel Black, who is receiving the group’s Lifetime Achievement First Voice Humanitarian Award, according to CCULC executive director Scott Chesebro.

The organization will also present its First Voice Humanitarian Award to Diane Latiker, founder of Roseland’s anti-youth violence non-profit, “Kids Off The Block;” Ranjana Bhargava, director of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois; and Jeff Zimmerman, a Chicago-based muralist. Timuel Black is a past recipient of the award, said CCULC associate director Emily Nelson.

“It’s a particular recognition of their broader work, but also their work with our students and organization,” Nelson said.

The event will also feature glassblowing demonstrations by venue host Ignite Glass Studios, as well as a silent auction.

Those attending the event, which costs $125 per person, must register in advance. For more information, or to register, visit the CCULC website at