On June 5, hip-hop artist Taylor Bennett will headline "Unlocking the Future," a gala hosted by Depaul USA in Cortelyou Commons. The gala will raise funds to provide homeless DePaul University students with support and a place to call home.
Depaul USA has been working with DePaul University since 2014 to address student homelessness. Earlier this year, Depaul USA opened the Dax House in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood to provide housing to homeless DePaul University students. Proceeds from the gala will be directed to the Dax Program to purchase a second house to meet a growing need.
Depaul USA, a unit of Depaul International and a part of the Vincentian Family in Chicago, began the Dax Program after a series of meetings in fall 2014. Named after the town in France where St. Vincent de Paul attended school and actually lived with a host family, the Dax Program collaborates with DePaul University to connect these students with places that can offer them more than just shelter. The organization also provides case management and assistance with food, books, transportation and fees.
An entertaining evening is planned
Bennett, the featured entertainment for the gala, is an independent artist from Chicago. The younger brother of Chance The Rapper is changing the game with his lyrical style, flow and heart pounding live shows.
Emcee for the evening is Darlene Hill, a Peabody Award winning journalist who was an anchor and reporter on Fox 32 Chicago. Also appearing is DJ Nick Nonstop - Nick Nicholson - the owner and CEO of WeJam DJ Academy.
The event begins at 6 p.m. and features a three-course meal as well as the entertainment.
Honorary chair is A. Gabriel Esteban, Ph.D., president of DePaul.