Annual Networking Party "OUT of the Office" That Kicks Off LGBTQ Pride Month in Chicago Set for June 1, 2017

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OVERVIEW: • Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. • The Godfrey Roof Top I/O, 127 W. Huron, Chicago • Proceeds Benefit Chicago House Trans Works • Advance Tickets Recommended via Eventbrite

This all-volunteer annual event will celebrate its 16th year of kicking off Pride Month on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at The Godfrey Rooftop I/O located at 127 W. Huron (at LaSalle) in Chicago. VIP reception opens at 5 p.m., and general party begins at 6 p.m.

Kinley Preston and Andrew Arden Hayes are chairs of this year’s event that will benefit Chicago House Trans Works.

The event’s planning committee includes Sandi Robinson @ The Godfrey I/O, Samantha Powell and Christina Pinson of DreamTown Realty and Jeb Davis, Chicago House Advocate Board. The team has been working to plan and organize another fun night of libations and lively conversation. Employees from Fifth Third will be volunteering to check in and welcome guests at registration. “We’re pleased that this event has such a big following and always sells out,” Andrew Hayes said. “As a result, we are encouraging everyone to go online to and purchase their tickets.”    

As the Internal Vice Chair at Chicago House, it is a great honor to chair this year's special "Sweet 16th" OUT of the Office celebration with Andrew, a renowned, inspiring Chicago advocate in the LGBT community,” Kinley said. “I hope all of Chicago (LGBT and Allies alike) join us for what will be a fabulous evening of networking and fundraising!”

The Chicago House Advocate Board, an extension of the agencies community engagement team, is pleased to host the event’s VIP experience. The Advocate Board is an all-inclusive community of passionate young professionals and activists dedicated to supporting and raising awareness of Chicago House and its portfolio of services.

“Every year, now 16 of them, this event blossoms and grows. We have had so many wonderful LGBTQ charities and organizations that benefited from this event over the years, like Gay Games Chicago, LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Vital Bridges GroceryLand, The Legacy Project, and more. I’m so proud to be chairing this year’s event with Kinley, an incredible woman, a force of energy and a well-respected community leader,” Hayes said.

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