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An Evening With Smokey Robinson, an hour-long, PBS-TV live-to-tape interview program provided an inside look into the life and career of Motown legend Smokey Robinson. Taped on October 10, 2009 in front of a packed audience at Northwestern University Law School’s Thorne Auditorium, An Evening With Smokey Robinson featured PBS-TV veteran journalist Gwen Ifill as the host and former Motown executive and film producer Suzanne de Passe as Mistress of Ceremonies. The program also featured musical tributes from Grammy Award nominated artists Teena Marie, Howard Hewett, and Musiq Soulchild. To conclude the program, Smokey Robinson performed his hit song “Cruisin’” with the evening’s three musical guests. 

StarMaker

PricewaterhouseCoopersMcDonald's CorporationArista Spas

DreamMaker

Discover Financial ServicesGeneral Electric CompanyITWThe Coca-Cola CompanyAbbott LaboratoriesRoscor CorporationSony Pictures Entertainment Inc.Northwestern University School of LawAllstate Insurance CompanyToni Cook Bush & Dwight BushChicago TribuneWalgreens CompanyPalmer House HiltonAmerican Airlines

WishMaker

  • Alston & Bird LLP
  • Sandra Anderson Baccus & Arista Spas
  • The Best Portion Foundation
  • BET Networks
  • Dominick's
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • DuPont
  • Heffernan Morgan Designs
  • KPMG
  • Leigh Jones Coiffures
  • Lexus
  • MAC Cosmetics
  • Macy's
  • Schiff Hardin LLP
  • State Farm
  • Verizon
  • Winston & Strawn LLP

GiftMaker

  • Allstate Foundation
  • Anonymous 1
  • Anonymous 2
  • Bank of America
  • Baxter International Inc.
  • Colgate-Palmolive Company
  • ComEd
  • DLA Piper US LLP
  • GE Healthcare
  • General Mills, Inc.
  • Huron Consulting Group
  • Inner City Broadcasting
  • MillerCoors LLC
  • Neal & Leroy LLC
  • Northern Trust Bank
  • Perkins Coie LLP
  • RR Donnelley
  • Sara Lee Corporation
  • Sidley Austin LLP
  • Smith Whiley & Company

Executive Producer

  • Julieanna Richardson

 

Director

  • Curtis Simmons

 

Musical Director

  • Leon Joyce, Jr.

 

Mistress of Ceremonies

  • Suzanne de Passe

Performers

  • Howard Hewett
  • Teena Marie
  • Musiq Souldchild

Event Co-Chairs

  • Sandra Anderson Baccus
  • Dwight & Toni Cook Bush
  • Kelly McNamara Corley
  • Michele Coleman Mayes
  • Chris Simmons

 

Honorary Co-Chairs

  • Clarence Avant
  • The Honorable Richard & Maggie Daley
  • Quincy Jones
  • Vernon & Ann Jordan
  • The Honorable Colin & Alma Powell
  • Linda Johnson Rice
  • John Rogers, Jr.

Benefit Committee

  • Alfreda Bradley-Coar
  • Cynthia Buciak
  • Demetrius Carney
  • Adela Cepeda
  • Andrew & Kelly King Dibble
  • Tim & Ashley Francis
  • Esther Franklin
  • Rita Fry
  • Gary & Denise Gardner
  • Mark Goodman
  • Kerry & Karen Gordy
  • Malcolm & Gloria Hemphill
  • Will & Donna Brooks Lucas
  • Billy & Michel Martin
  • H. Melvin Ming
  • Sharon Morrow
  • Isobel Neal
  • Langdon Neal & Jeanette Sublett
  • Quintin & Diane Primo
  • Timothy & Sandra Rand
  • Al B. Reid
  • Andre & Dana Rice
  • Shari Runner
  • James & Gertrude Wooten

Date and Time

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Location

Northwestern University School of Law
375 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
United States