#DoingTheWork2017 Awards and Launch Party

Benefiting: Being Black at School
Apr 1
Hosted by:Being Black at School
April 1, 2017 at 7:00pm to
April 1, 2017 at 10:00pm
Currency Exchange Cafe map 305 E Garfield Chicago, IL 60637
Goal: $10,000
$3,319 4 33% Complete

Event Details

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It's time to celebrate.

To celebrate educators. To celebrate black students. To celebrate risk-taking.

Being Black at School is a national nonprofit advocacy organization focused on addressing the complexities of being a Black student in the American education system. The mission is to utilize data and policy analysis to foster a movement for schools that are safer and more equitable for Black students.

Join founder Kelly Hurst, the Being Black at School Team, and her special guests at the Currency Exchange Cafe to celebrate the launch and help us raise funds to dismantle systemic racism across the country.


An exciting raffle includes art, gift certificates, books and Chicago treats.

Ticket Levels

  • $85 for Matchstick - General Admission + Raffle

  • $154 for Doing the Work - VIP + Raffle

  • $540 for Matchbook - Event Underwriter

  • $1954 for Ruby Bridges Sponsor

  • $30 for K-12 educators available on a first come, first served basis

Why do the tickets include the number 54? That is the year that Brown vs Board of Education was settled in the Supreme Court in which the Court declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students to be unconstitutional.

We have named our premier sponsorship in honor of Ruby Bridges Hall. She is an American Civil Rights advocate best known for being the first black child to integrate the all-white school system in New Orleans. If you would like to make a premier sponsorship via check, please let us know.

Can't join us in Chicago? We will be hosting a Facebook Live Event! Consider joining us for the fun, and make a "There in Spirit" donation through the ticketing system.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Should I eat before the party?
A: The crew at the Currency Exchange Cafe is whipping up a selection of heavy appetizers and desserts.

Q: Will there be an open bar?
A: We will have
beer, wine, non-alcoholic drinks and a signature cocktail available. There will be a cash bar for other drinks.

Q: I can't get to Chicago that weekend, will you be livestreaming the event?
A: Yes, we will! Keep an eye out of Facebook Live from the party!

Q: Do you need help?
A: Yes! We are looking for people to join the host committee and for donations for the raffle. Please email Leah Jones at leahj77@gmail.com and tell her what you'd like to do.

Q: What's the dress code?
A: Dress to impress, but not black tie. Unless you have a tuxedo and it needs to be worn, in which case, black tie.

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