CHICAGO A major benefit for the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame has been renamed in honor of the event's founder, who died last year. The 2016 Dick Uyvari Memorial Celebrity Bowl will be Saturday, May 14, at Waveland Bowl, 3700 N. Western Ave.
The annual benefit is sponsored by the Friends of the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame, a nonprofit that raises funds for the Hall of Fame itself, the first LGBT Hall of Fame launched by a city in the world.
"We are excited to honor the legacy of Dick Uyvari," said event co-chairs Kathy Caldwell and Darrick Johnson. "Dick helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for various charities over the years, including for AIDS groups, Gay Games VII in 2006, and most recently the Hall of Fame. Dick and his late partner Joe La Pat are both inductees into the Hall of Fame for their commitment to the LGBT community."
People can support the event by either bowling and raising pledges from friends, or they can donate to a bowler or the event itself. For information contact email@example.com or call 773-459-8337.
The free event starts with registration at 10 a.m. May 14, followed by bowling at 11 a.m., and wrap-up at noon.
Donations can be sent to Friends of the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame, 3712 N. Broadway, #637, Chicago, IL 60613-4235. The organization is a 501-c-3 nonprofit. Online donations can be made through Paypal. Those sponsoring a bowler can indicate their name on the memo line of the check, or in the additional information link on Paypal: tinyurl.com/mwow4kc .
In addition to Caldwell and Johnson, event organizers include Israel Wright, Jr., Gary Chichester, Mary Morten, Suzanne Arnold, Tracy Baim, Megan Carney and Vincent Pagan.
Sponsors of the LGBT Hall of Fame include Sam Coady, Phil Hannema, Michael Leppen, Richard Pfeiffer and Timothy K. Frye, Bill Pry, Richard Turner, Rick Aguilar Studios, Ann Sather Restaurant, BOI Magazine, Center on Halsted, Chicago History Museum, ChicagoPride.com, Grab Magazine, Hall's, House of Blues, International Mr. Leather, J&L Catering, Morten Group, Napleton's Northwestern, Sidetrack, Supergurl Images, Waveland Bowl and Windy City Times.