Newsy Names – Insiders and those in the know are predicting “a sell out” when Marilyn Stewart, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, addresses the City Club of Chicago’s Public Policy Luncheon on Oct. 1 at Maggiano’s Banquets, 111 W. Grand. Check in is at 11:30 a.m. for the reception; lunch at noon. Call (312) 565- 6500. And it’s already “sold out” for CPS CEO Ron Huberman on Sept. 3. Same sponsor! Same place! Same time!
Baxter Burke, Joe McCord, Joe Davis and Wesley Henderson, Chicago Rat Pack’s picnic committee,with Mel Hopson, CRP president, are receiving rave reviews (“the best ever”) attesting to Sunday’s daylong annual picnic in Jackson Park.
Hats off to Target Market News’ Ken Smikle for pulling off one heck of a surprise b’day lunch for his wife, Renee Ferguson, former award-winning TV news reporter and now a successful media consultant, who was led blindfolded into her fave eatery, Mexique, where loads of media pals and others were waiting.
And happy b’day to state Rep. Monique Davis (D-27th), who was surprise serenaded while viewing Navy Pier fireworks in between rain showers on a friend’s spacious luxury yacht in Burnham Harbor; Bill Williams, a Rat Packer and Chicago Convention Bureau veep, who partied with members and best buddies at the group’s weekly Wednesday after-work set at Norm Bolden’s Room 43.
Rep. Monique Davis
Lou Ramson, the Defender’s executive editor; Worsom Robinson, our staff photographer; and 100-year-old Mary (Gran) Scott celebrated Sunday at Pilgrim Baptist Church and bowls every Tuesday.
And anniversary wishes (34 years) to Veronica and David Lee Harris and to Mitchell and Cheryl Marshall who’ve been at it for 43 years as best friends and high school sweethearts since their days at Hirsch. They’re living it up this week in NYC taking in several plays and sightseeing.
Whazup! Whazup! – Guests of the Circle of Friends are gearing up for CoF’s annual “must attend” Pre-Labor Day Buffet & Poolside Party on Sept. 6, 2 p.m.-7 p.m., at the Angel Estate in suburban Crete. Party hosts: Jonquil Byers, Irma Denton, Victoria Dixon, Sam Eli, Angie Harris, Dennis Page, Al Palmer, Milton Smith and Cynthia Washington. Guests are encouraged to “bring your own bubbly or fave liquid libation.” Delicious edibles will be in abundance.
Halleleuyer! Rev. Reginald W. Williams Jr. (“Rev. Reggie”) will be installed as pastor of First Baptist Church of University Park, on Sept. 6, at 6 p.m. And we’re all invited!
A little birdie dropped by the other day to tell “Teesee” the Chicago Defender will receive the prestigious “Major Corporation of the Year” award from Cosmopolitan Chamber of Commerce at its 41st annual “Evening with Friends,” a black-tie gala, on Oct. 16 at the Knickerbocker Hotel. CCC, one of the oldest African-American business and trade union organizations in the country, is under the leadership of Inter-City Underwriting Agency’s Matthew Cooper, board chair. Eli Washington is dinner chair.
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