2021 Gala Celebration

Hope, Equity & Joy
In Recognition of Juneteenth

We are excited to announce Equal Hope’s Second Virtual Gala to raise critical funds to support our healthcare quality assessment, education, advocacy and navigation work across Chicago and Northern Lake County.

Join us virtually on June 30th from 6:00 – 7:00 PM CST

Hear from Michelle Relerford, Joy Reid and Yolonda Ross!

Joy Reid is the host of the new primetime cable news program, The ReidOut, making her the first black woman to host a primetime cable news program. Prior to The ReidOut, Joy served as a political analyst at MSNBC and host of the hit weekend news morning show, AM Joy.   Reid graduated from Harvard University in 1991 and was a 2003 Knight Center for Advanced Journalism fellow. She has received media awards from the Women’s Media Center, the National Action Network and the National Association of Black Journalists, and her work has been nominated for an Emmy Award, a GLAAD Media Award, and two NAACP Image Awards.

Yolonda Ross (Actress, Writer/Director, Producer) is a native of Omaha, Nebraska. She made her feature film debut in the award-winning independent film “Stranger Inside” in 2001.  Her second Spirit Award nomination was for the John Sayles drama “Go For Sisters”. Yolonda has appeared in dozens of films including Denzel Washington’s award-winning film “Antwone Fisher,” the independent film “Yelling To the Sky,” and the commercial hit “Whitney,” directed by Angela Bassett for the Lifetime Movie Network. She has also portrayed recurring characters on several high-profile series including, “Ms. Green,” in the hit Baz Luhrmann NETFLIX series, “The Get Down” and “Claudia” on “How To Get Away With Murder.” She will be reprising her role as “Jada” in Season 4 of the critically-acclaimed  SHOWTIME series “The Chi,” created by Emmy winner Lena Waithe.

Relerford was born and raised in Chicago and graduated from Whitney Young High School.  She studied Journalism and English at the University of Connecticut.  While in college, she interned for NBC Chicago’s Investigative Unit.  Her first reporting job was at WNDU in South Bend, Indiana, followed by WEWS in Cleveland, Ohio. Later, she anchored weekends and reported for WHDH-TV, the NBC affiliate in Boston.  

In September of 2011, Michelle returned home to Chicago as a Reporter and Fill-In Anchor for NBC 5 News.   Michelle enjoys giving back to the community by hosting charity events and volunteering.  When she’s not working, Michelle enjoys family time with her husband and two sons

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities

Corporate sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are available for this event. In a year when we are broadening our services, your support is critical and your involvement will help us save even more women’s lives. For a full description of sponsorship levels and benefits, click here.

Equal Hope would like to thank all of our generous event sponsors.