• GFD 56

    56th Annual Golden Fellowship Dinner

    Beyond 100: Together We Matter


    It is manifestly clear that the work of the Chicago Urban League has played a profoundly significant role in the evolution of Chicago’s landscape over the past century.   We are a powerful movement that incites change. Whether economic development, education, or social justice, we have been vigilant about challenging racial inequality in our city and work for strong, sustainable communities through advocacy, collaboration and innovation. This year, we transcend and build upon our precious foundational years to commence on a new, promising epoch of social change that will consistently center on race and equity.

    Our 56th Annual Golden Fellowship Dinner, slated to take place November 4th at the Hilton Chicago, is the League’s largest annual fundraiser and one of Chicago’s premier events. This year’s theme, Beyond 100: Together We Matter, marks a transformational moment in the League’s history where we boldly celebrate the ways in which Chicago’s African American community makes a difference—not only for the Chicago of today and tomorrow, but beyond our foreseeable future. We matter in ways that surpass the vitality of our culture or the color of our skin, because Chicago’s African American communities collectively instill value that is instrumental to Chicago’s success as a whole.

    The evening will be packed with programming that will not only entertain our guests, but most importantly, present the work the League has done to enact racial equity.

    Each year, the dinner draws more than 1,700 of the city’s best-known business leaders, human rights advocates, philanthropists and elected leaders. The League is honored to continue to carry the torch as a steadfast leader in laying the groundwork for the transition to a resilient local economy, healthy environment, and strong social fabric. Our programs continue to grow in scope and community influence. Today, the Chicago Urban League’s workforce, Youth Services division, Housing and Financial Empowerment, Entrepreneurship and IMPACT programs serve more than 10,000 Chicago residents.

    The Golden Fellowship Dinner is indeed a time of celebration, but we know that there is so much more to do. As we acknowledge our organizational achievements, we will continue providing the hub and spokes for a movement that protects the short- and long-term well-being of African Americans, particularly our youth. Your belief and investment in the Chicago Urban League continues to be instrumental to our success.

    Together, we matter. Together, we can all make a difference. For sponsorship and ticket information, click here.