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South Suburban College Foundation to host Annual Scholarship Gala ‘Hollywood Awards’

“A Black & White Affair” on April 27

SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. (April 3, 2024) – South Suburban College has announced the long-awaited return of its annual gala after a hiatus due to the pandemic. This year’s event “Hollywood Awards: A Black & White Affair,” promises an unforgettable evening dedicated to Dreams, Success, and Scholarships.

Scheduled to take place at Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park on Saturday, April 27, 2024, doors will open at 5 p.m. for an elegant night filled with dinner, dancing, a silent auction, special awards, and NAACP Image Award Nominee and SSC Alumnus, LaRoyce Hawkins as the keynote speaker.

Hawkins, a product of the South Chicago Suburbs, has captivated audiences with his role as Officer Kevin Atwater on the NBC hit drama Chicago PD. His journey from SSC to Hollywood serves as an inspiration to our students and community members alike.

Additionally, SSC will welcome WGN Evening News Anchor and SSC Alumnus Ray Cortopassi as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening.

The Gala proceeds will directly contribute to scholarships, cultivating a culture of success and pride among our students and communities and fostering lifelong learning. By supporting this event, local businesses and community members will be vital in empowering students to pursue their dreams and achieve academic success.

“We are excited to bring back our annual Gala, and this year’s ‘Hollywood Awards: A Black & White Affair’ promises to be an extraordinary event,” said Dr. Lynette D. Stokes, President of South Suburban College. “We invite the entire community to join us for an evening of celebration and support for student success!”

For sponsorship opportunities, tickets, and more information, visit If you have any questions, email the Foundation at [email protected].

South Suburban College
South Suburban College
South Suburban College offers a wide selection of career education and college transfer credit programs. Based in South Holland, Illinois, with a satellite campus in Oak Forest, SSC offers non-credit customized training, short-term instruction for business, and dozens of special interest classes.


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