South Suburban College Hosts Successful Gala and Raises Funds of Scholarships

South Holland, IL – South Suburban College Foundation (SSCF) hosted its annual Gala on Saturday, April 27th, at the esteemed Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park, IL. The event was a resounding success, with a robust turnout and a remarkable display of generosity from attendees and sponsors alike.

The Gala, themed around honoring success and dreams, aimed to raise funds for scholarships to support the SSC mission of providing lifelong learning opportunities to students and the community. Through the collective efforts of all involved, the event achieved its objectives, fostering an atmosphere of support and celebration.

One of the highlights of the evening was the inspiring speech delivered by guest speaker LaRoyce Hawkins, an esteemed SSC alumnus and acclaimed actor known for his role on the hit TV show “Chicago P.D.” Hawkins shared insights from his humble background and offered words of encouragement, urging attendees of all ages to persevere in the pursuit of their goals. We would like to extend our sincerest appreciation to our entertainment for the evening: Rhonda Browne & Pieces Band for their dynamic performances, Damon Lamar Reed for his unmatched artistry, and last but not least, we express our gratitude to DJ Toure for bringing the night to a thrilling conclusion with a dance floor filled with happy attendees.

The Foundation extends its sincere appreciation to Speaker Sponsor Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois for their generous support, as well as to the SSC Foundation Board Members, SSC Students, family, and friends who graced the occasion with their presence.

The Gala was expertly hosted by Master of Ceremony Ray Cortopassi, a distinguished WGN News Anchor and SSC Alumnus, who skillfully kept the guests engaged throughout the evening. The Gala welcomed several other noteworthy guests, including State Representative Will Davis, whose presence underscored the event’s significance within the broader community.

The Foundation also wishes to express gratitude to all of our benefactors: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Land O’Frost, John Kasperek Co., Fifth Third, Vista National Insurance Group, Planera & Reid Architects, Mayor Terry & Loretta Wells, Arthur & Patrice Burton, Petrarca Gleason Boyle & Izzo, Inc, South Holland School District 151, Mi-Jack Products, Village of South Holland, Old National Bank, South Cook County Mosquito Abatement, Warehouse Direct, Proven IT, Bank Financial, Wind Creek, Devon Powell, South Suburban College Faculty Association Union, Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce, Ron & Jane Kawanna, Carlos & Dr. Tasha S. Williams, Cook County College Teachers Union Local 1600, Healthy Legacy, Insure Source, LLC, Kali Abbott, Kennedy-King College, MPI, Moran Technology Consulting, Rhonda B. Reece, State Representative Will Davis, James & Donna Martin, Chelsea Contessa, Local 134 – Chicago, Paragon Micro, Bremen Community High School District 228, Cabo Consultants, LLC, guests, and award recipients for their invaluable support and contributions. Additionally, the Gala recognized deserving individuals through various awards, showcasing their outstanding contributions and dedication to the SSC community.

Looking ahead, the SSC Foundation eagerly anticipates continuing its tradition of excellence and philanthropy. Plans are already underway for the South Suburban College Foundation “Casino Royale” Gala in 2025, promising another unforgettable evening of camaraderie and charitable giving.

For more information about the South Suburban College Foundation and future events, please visit Check out our 3rd Annual Charity Golf Outing scheduled for Tuesday, August 13, 2024 at the stunning Flossmoor Golf Club, visit for more information.

Main Campus exterior in autumn.

PHOTO: The South Suburban College Main Campus in South Holland, Illinois.