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An Evening of Empowerment
October 19th 5:30 pm
Shalimar Banquets – 280 W. North Ave, Addison IL

Keynote Speaker : Carmen Perez

Carmen Perez is something of a Renaissance woman in modern-day activism. She has dedicated 20 years to advocating for many of today’s important civil rights issues, including mass incarceration, gender equity, violence prevention, racial healing and community policing. As the Executive Director of The Gathering for Justice, a nonprofit founded by legendary artist and activist Harry Belafonte, Carmen has crossed the globe promoting peace through civil and human rights, building alternatives to incarceration and violence, and providing commentary and guidance for state and federal policy creation. Her work providing cultural, spiritual and educational events as well as individual support to incarcerated youth inside of juvenile detention centers and prisons in California and New York has led Carmen to prisons in El Salvador and Venezuela. Carmen is the co-founder of Justice League NYC and founder of Justice League CA, two state-based task forces for advancing juvenile and criminal justice reform agenda. She has organized numerous national convenings, including Growing Up Locked Down conferences on juvenile justice, and led the March2Justice, a 250 mile march through 5 states from New York City to Washington, DC which drew Congressional attention to key legislative reforms to confront the national crisis in police violence. A respected expert in the field of juvenile and criminal justice and system accountability, Carmen was invited to testify before the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, was a featured speaker and Co-Convener of the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March, Justice Or Else, and have been featured in numerous media and TV outlets. Carmen’s most recent work is her role as the National Co-Chair of the Women’s March on Washington, drew over 5 million people across the globe who marched in resistance of hatred and bigotry, affirming women of all identities’ rights as human beings.

Join us as we raise funds to help individuals throughout the Chicagoland community gain access to affordable healthcare and freedom from violence. One in three women and one in four men in the United States have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. We strive to make sure everyone is empowered to take control of their lives.

What to expect: Enjoy entertainment and networking, an extensive silent/live auction, mouthwatering food provided by Shalimar Banquets, and a keynote by gender equity advocate and Women’s March co-chair Carmen Perez, all while supporting Hamdard Center’s women’s empowerment programs.

Number of expected guests: 350

For sponsorship information, to purchase tickets, or to donate a silent auction item, please contact Brandon Pettigrew at 630-835-1430 x223.

Consider being a part of the event planning committee to help grow the silent auction and guest list!

If you are interested, please contact Brandon Pettigrew: or call 630-835-1430 x223.




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About Hamdard

Hamdard is a healthcare and supportive service provider rooted in Chicagoland’s diverse communities. We believe patients receive the best care when their providers understand their cultural background and experiences. That’s why our staff speaks up to 10 languages spoken by patients and has a deep appreciation for their diverse backgrounds. Community-focused care is provided in a warm setting, allowing patients to feel comfortable and empowered to improve their health. Our supportive programs offer an empathetic approach to community members facing a variety of challenges, from a domestic violence crisis to obstacles related to aging.

Founded in 1992, Hamdard now serves more than 5,900 patients per year through a number of services and programs. Our team of medical professionals provides a wide range of care, including primary healthcare, behavioral health and psychiatric services. We also operate a residential shelter facility for victims of domestic violence and a toll-free, 24-hour domestic violence crisis line, along with supportive counseling, legal advocacy, life skills training and workforce development to empower victims and help them regain control over their lives. Senior day services, operated by bilingual staff, help older adults maintain their physical, cognitive and emotional well-being. Additionally, we run an art therapy program, which provides skills training while cultivating a sense of community. Across all of these programs, we offer case management, which includes health insurance navigation and benefits assistance, as well as community outreach and education. All of these offerings are provided by our multilingual, culturally sensitive staff and are tailored to each individual’s needs.