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The Last House Gala

Benefiting Success Centers

May 6, 2021

7:00 PM

$50 tax-deductible admission



In recent years, our gala featured a 1920s Gatsby theme. This year, we are proud to re-envision our gathering to honor the people who support our work: the members of The Last House.

We are partnering with Citizen Film on a virtual experience unlike anything we’ve ever done. Let us elevate you and celebrate you.

You will enjoy:

One night-only performances by inspiring artists

Vignettes about our work

Our grassroots fun(d)-a-dream for people who are changing their lives

Why Support Us?

Success Centers breaks down barriers for those who have been failed by the system. We empower people through equitable access to education, employment, housing, and the arts. By offering unconditional love to those who need it most, we help people build a brighter future and uplift our communities.

Our annual gala is our single most important source of individual donations for the year. Your support is critical to our work and our community.

Why now?

We are in a time of national consciousness-raising, with new and increased attention on fundamental issues of equity, justice, and societal cohesion.

Success Centers has been there for nearly 40 years—doing the work, walking the walk. But we can’t do it alone. We need allies.

We cannot return to business as usual.

We must work together to break down systemic barriers to successful lives.

We will emerge with more love for our neighbors, more dignity for all people, more compassion in our community.

Join us. If not now, when?


What is The Last House?

At Success Centers, we often refer to ourselves as the last house on the block. In many cases, the people we serve have nowhere else to turn. Individual acts of generosity ensure that our porch light glows brightly and our doors remain open—even during a global pandemic. And so we call our community of supporters The Last House. Check out our illustrious roster at


Featured Performers

Visionary Performance Artists

Afro Urban Society

Renowned Operatic Baritone

Lester Lynch

Grammy Nominee

Túpac Mantilla


Jazz Legend

Marcus Shelby

Accordion Master

Andre Thierry

Star of Hamilton

Julius Thomas III

Additional performers to be announced. Program subject to change. Check this webpage for the latest.


Julian Glover

Reporter: Race, Culture & Social Justice

ABC7 News


Special Appearances

Even Liz doesn’t know full details about some of the surprises we’ve planned!



Gala Leadership


Board of Directors

Elliot Beckelman

Chris Bocchicchio, Secretary

Robyn E. Cross

Jossiel Cruseta, Vice Chair

Mark Genovese

Michael Lowe

Logan McDonnell

Karen Nemsick

Adrienne Schneider, Chair

Leslie Taylor

Jason Thurman, Treasurer


Laura Aronson

Maria Cristini

Nina Grove

Jason Jackson

Larry C. Jones, Jr.

Craig Roberts

Shawnette Sulker

Celia Tejada

Zoe Wilder




Kathy Hormel, in honor of Hildy Burness, Sponsor

Renato P. Almanzor, PhD, Supporting Sponsor

Laurie Beckelman & Michael Horst, in honor of Elliot Beckelman, Supporting Sponsor

Law Offices of Denise Leadbetter, Supporting Sponsor

Urbana, Supporting Sponsor

Preslar Ventures, Supporting Sponsor



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Questions? Contact Nina Camp-Dailey, Executive Assistant, at

Centers for Equity and Success, dba Success Centers, is a nonprofit organization recognized under section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Service code. Your gala ticket purchase, donation, or sponsorship is fully tax-deductible.