Illinois Prison Project Gala

Illinois Prison Project Gala

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$50 – $10,000

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Ovation Chicago

2324 West Fulton Street

Chicago, IL 60612

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Join us for an evening of food, drinks and dancing in community with all who make our work possible.

About this event

The Illinois Prison Project is proud to host its second annual gala on Sept. 22, 2022. Please join us for an evening of food, drinks and dancing in community with all who make our work possible.

The IPP Gala is a celebration of hope and inspiration. This event uplifts the work of the system-impacted people, advocates, partner organizations and others who fight tirelessly alongside IPP to free people from the shackles of imprisonment.

In addition to the evening's festivities, IPP will recognize three honorees who have demonstrated a commitment to decarceration and have zealously advocated for people in prison.

  • Hallie Bezner, Bezner Law Office, Melissa Matuzak Award
  • Yaacov Delaney, Director of Justice, Equity and Opportunity Initiative at Illinois Lt. Governor’s Office, Advocate of the Year
  • Anne Geraghty Helms, Pro Bono Counsel at DLA Piper, Pro Bono Partner of the Year

Join us to celebrate our successes, support our work and build community together in the fight to end mass incarceration.

About IPP

In three short years, IPP has freed 83 people from prison, successfully advocated for a new law in Illinois that allows for medical release and administrative policy changes that create more pathways for release from prison, and educated tens of thousands of community members about the harms of our racist and regressive criminal legal system. Through creative lawyering, innovative advocacy and a focus on the humanity of people harmed by the criminal legal system, IPP's work is transforming the way that Illinois treats incarcerated people.

COVID-19 policy

Prior to entry, all guests must provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 and a negative test result.

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