Annual Benefit Luncheon

Join us April 30, 2020 for the Alliance Eighth Annual Benefit Luncheon!

The Annual Benefit Luncheon is one of the largest gatherings of our state's creative community across artistic disciplines. The event attracts nearly 500 cultural, philanthropic, and business leaders, in addition to individual artists and arts professionals. Awards at the event honor the work of cultural champions, luminary artists, and youth development leaders. 

All proceeds from the event support the work of the Alliance, to promote and defend the value of a creative life across Illinois.

This event is currently (as of March 11) moving forward as scheduled, but health and safety is our highest priority. We are working closely with the City of Chicago regarding public gatherings in this challenging environment. We will postpone to a future date if needed, transferring all tickets and tables, so be sure to reserve your spot now for this exciting gathering of the arts community!

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11AM Reception | 12 - 1:30PM Lunch & Program
Palmer House Hilton, Chicago

In his tenure as president, Darren Walker has transformed the Ford Foundation into one of the world's leading charitable organizations focused on reducing inequality. He values the arts as essential to the human experience, and has integrated the foundation's support for the arts and social justice.

Michelle L. Collins is President of Cambium LLC, a consulting firm, corporate director on five public and private companies, and a member of the Advisory Board of Svoboda Capital Partners, LLC. As past president of the board of Chicago Sinfonietta, she helped restructure its business model and place it on a more secure financial foundation. She also previously served as a trustee of The Field Museum, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Historical Society, the Chicago Urban League, and many others.

The Creative Voice Award will be presented by Ellen S. Alberding, President of The Joyce Foundation, who will co-chair the event with Denise B. Gardner, retired President and Founder of Insights & Opportunities.

We are also honored to introduce the inaugural Allstate Creative Youth Development Award at this year's Benefit Luncheon. This award celebrates excellence in youth development by recognizing a program that amplifies the creativity of young people, particularly those from historically marginalized communities.

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Questions? Please contact Sangini Brahmbhatt at or 312-855-3105 ext. 12