The Black United Fund of Illinois’ hosted its 12th annual Living Legends/Passing the Torch gala on Sept. 29, at the Parkway Ballroom in Bronzeville. The gala included the announcement of a $1 million endowment to help keep the economic advocacy organization going.

Noted educator and Black United Fund board member Conrad Worrill (podium) announced the endowment, joined by officials of the nonprofit. Those interested in supporting the Henry English Endowment Fund can call 773-268-7500. (

Courtesy Black United Fund of Illinois