Chapman Partnership’s gala helps illuminate path to self-sufficiency

Chapman Partnership’s annual Illuminations Gala is an evening of dining, dancing and entertainment in support of the men, women and children that reside at the homeless assistance centers.

The Illuminations Gala will take place on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the JW Marriott Marquis, and will provide guests with an avant-garde, exciting and breathtaking experience.

The evening’s theme represents the shining light in the lives of the 5,000 men, women and families with children that Chapman Partnership serves annually. Laurie Jennings, will emcee the evening’s program, which recognizes and honors the many generous donors and volunteers who support the mission.

A 57-member Gala Committee is led by event co-chairs, Trish and Dan Bell, and Lani and Gene Drody.

“Chapman Partnership is an organization dedicated to providing long-term solutions for homelessness,” said Trish Bell, chair emeritus of Chapman Partnership. “Our donors, through their unselfish actions over the years, are a guiding light for our residents and have helped turn our mission of empowering the homeless to lead self-sufficient lives into a reality.”

For the first time this year, the Gala Committee will be participating in a “Family Day” of fun filled activities for current residents of Chapman Partnership. The “Family Day” will take place at the downtown location of Chapman Partnership in September and is spearheaded by gala co-chair, Lani Drody.

During the event, Chapman Partnership will be awarding the Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Humanitarian Award, given to a leader who follows the moral and civic examples of Alvah H. Chapman Jr. in serving the homeless. The award recipient must demonstrate humanitarian initiative and compassion for his fellow man as Alvah H. Chapman Jr. did. This year’s award recipient is Mrs. Sash A. Spencer.

The evening will continue with the nexten After Gala Party, presented by Chapman Partnership’s young professionals group who will join gala guests and continue the evening’s festivities. Nextgen members will have special featured entertainment with one of a kind performances, an open bar and free valet. Nextgen is made up of Miami’s young professionals and community ambassadors, between the ages of 25-40, who work to increase awareness, revenue and advocacy for Chapman Partnership.

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