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2021 Last House Gala

Benefiting Success Centers

May 6, 2021


In 2021, we re-envisioned our annual gala to honor the people who support our work: the members of The Last House.

On this night, we set a record for individual donations. Every cent goes to helping people who are changing their lives. It is not too late to donate. Learn more here:

We are pleased to honor our sponsors, listed below. Learn more about sponsoring Success Centers here:

Check back here soon for a video retrospective of the gala. Please note that our agreements with the artists stipulate one-time use only of their performances, therefore we are unable to re-broadcast the gala in its entirety.

Relive our 2020 gala here!


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 Mark Hernandez, Director of Philanthropy, at or 415-653-9596.

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.