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Follow the Drinking Gourd: a celebration of Urban Growers Collective
Theater on the Lake
Chicago, IL
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Oct 04, 2018 6:00 PM



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Follow the Drinking Gourd: a celebration of Urban Growers Collective
*Ticket sales have ended. To be added to the waitlist, please contact info@urbangrowerscollective.org*

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Follow the Drinking Gourd: Cultivating Pathways to Freedom
a Celebration of Urban Growers Collective

Thursday, October 4, 2018
6:00 - 9:00pm

Theater on the Lake
2401 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60614

Tickets: $200 per person I Tables: $2,000 for 10 people

6PM: COCKTAIL HOUR & SILENT AUCTION

Featuring hors d'oeuvres by: Vie, Bad Hunter, sweetgreen, Chef Carrie Schloss, and Fresh Moves Mobile Market.

Featuring drinks by: Hart Davis Hart Wine Co., Revolution Brewing, Virtue Cider, Lagunitas Brewing Company, and Dark Matter Coffee.

7PM: DINNER & PROGRAM

Featuring Urban Growers Collective produce and food by: FIG Catering, Barilla, and Bang Bang Pie and Biscuits.

8PM: DANCING & MUSIC BY DJ RAE CHARDONNAY

Featuring:
Sam Kass, Food Entrepreneur, Former White House Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition. Founder of TROVE, venture partner in Acre Venture Partners

Honoring:
Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Mary Ellen Caron, After School Matters
Evelyn J. Diaz, Heartland Alliance
Sandra Holl, Floriole


Prefer to pay by check? Checks can be mailed to:
Urban Growers Collective
ATTN: Ashley Monk
1200 W. 35th St., #118
Chicago, IL 60609.
*Please be sure to indicate what the check is for, along with contact information.


ABOUT URBAN GROWERS COLLECTIVE:

Rooted in growing food, we cultivate healing environments through creativity, innovation, and activism, which create pathways to freedom through food and healing. Learn more about our work at https://UrbanGrowersCollective.org/.

All event proceeds will support our work in 2019 when we will:

- Train, educate, and provide jobs to over 300 teens and 30 African American and Latinx men with limited employment options
- Grow and provide food to over 11,000 people facing food insecurity and diet related illness
- Provide long-term land access and technical assistance for beginning farmers, focusing on farmers from food desert communities
- Lead garden classroom education and provide produce to over 150 preschoolers and their families
- Provide community education through agriculture, small business development, and equality building workshops

FOLLOW THE DRINKING GOURD...
Our logo was inspired by the legacy of the drinking gourd. "Follow the drinkin' gourd" was a song used by conductors of the underground railroad to guide slaves to freedom using the big dipper, or in African culture, the imagery of the drinking gourd. Using the north star as their guide, enslaved men, women and children fought their way to freedom. We hope that through our work, we honor the stories and sacrifices of our ancestors. By reclaiming activism and growing food, we give the tools to foster resilience, growth and personal freedom.


Special thanks to our board of directors and planning committee:

Board:

Adriana Díaz
Erika Dudley
Jessica Pérez
Margot Pritzker
Trisha Rooney

Planning Committee:

Ross Barney
Meredith Bissonnette
Margaret Catania
Rodger Cooley
Jason Feldman
Huili Feng
Gillian Knight
Tres Peel
Carrie Schloss
Vivian Tyler

SPONSORS:

Special thanks to our presenting sponsor, Barilla.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Margot & Thomas Pritzker Family Foundation
Betsy & Andy Rosenfield
Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation
Wendy & Hank Paulson
Trott Family Foundation
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
Pritzker Traubert Foundation
CIBC
Oatly
sweetgreen
Susan Hassan & Robb Schreiber
The Comer Foundation Fund
Farm Aid

Location

Theater on the Lake (View)
2401 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60614
United States


Categories

Other > Charity
Other > Fundraisers
Other > Green

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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