Future Leaders Gala






DATE: Thursday, September 28th
TIME: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Antique Taco, 1360 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Individual Tickets: $50 ($75 at the door)

The Future Leaders Gala is the UCAN Auxiliary Board’s annual event to honor the accomplishments of young professionals in Chicago.  The event is held in partnership with UCAN’s Diermeier Future Leaders Now Program (DFLN) which works to provide guidance, education and support for youth who have suffered trauma. Each year, 3 exceptional nominees, 2 from the business community and 1 DFLN student receive awards to champion their hard work and leadership.

2017 Future Leaders Gala Awardees

Chandra Simmons
Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a Division of Johnson & Johnson

Joshua Mercer
Allstate Insurance 

Khiyonna Thompson
UCAN’s Diermeier Future Leaders Now Program

The Future Leaders Gala will be held on Thursday, September 28, 2017.  The evening will include a cocktail reception, hors d’oeuvres, raffles and an awards ceremony. We anticipate 100 guests, including corporate and foundation partners, community leaders and UCAN youth. Proceeds will benefit UCAN’s vision that youth who have suffered trauma can become our future leaders. The fundraising revenue goal this year is $10,000, all of which will directly support UCAN’s programs and services.



  • Host $5,000
  • Reception $1,000
  • Award $500

If you cannot attend or would like to participate ahead of time, please consider purchasing raffle tickets for our grand prize of a luxurious night in Chicago at the Four Seasons Hotel and a dinner at RPM Italian restaurant! 

For more information, contact UCAN’s Associate Director of Development, Ann Kniola at 773-290-5072 or Ann.Kniola@ucanchicago.org,or visit www.ucanchicago.org