Edie Windsor acknowledges her supporters as she leaves the Supreme Court on March 27, 2013. Brought by the ACLU and NYCLU, her landmark case struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and granted same-sex married couples federal recognition.Learn more.
The ACLU is turning 100 — that’s 100 years of speaking truth to power, fighting for our fundamental freedoms, and demanding justice for all. Join us as we celebrate all we’ve accomplished together.
Countless people have helped the ACLU change the course of history — from devoted advocates to social justice leaders to our courageous clients. At the Centennial Gala, we’re honoring a special few.
Darren Walker is a visionary leader who is committed to serving people who are excluded from the very institutions that shape their lives. Darren is president of the Ford Foundation, a $13 billion international social justice philanthropy that has helped fuel the ACLU's fights for over four decades. Darren led the philanthropy committee that brought a resolution to Detroit’s historic bankruptcy and chairs the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance and the Presidents’ Council on Disability Inclusion in Philanthropy. Educated exclusively in public schools, Darren was a member of the first class of Head Start in 1965 and received his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.
Chrissy Teigen is a TV personality and New York Times #1 bestselling author. John Legend is a critically acclaimed, platinum-selling singer-songwriter who has garnered 10 Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, a Tony Award, and a Golden Globe. Together, they have used their global platform to rally support for vulnerable immigrant communities, increasing awareness about the government’s cruel practice of family separation and raising critical funds for the ACLU’s reunification efforts.
At 15, Crista Ramos is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit brought by the ACLU, the National Day Laborer Organizer Network, and Sidley Austin LLP against the Department of Homeland Security for its attempt to terminate Temporary Protected Status, a nearly 30-year-old immigration program. Her mother, Cristina Morales, who is also part of the lawsuit, would lose her right to stay in the U.S. — the only place she’s lived for the past 26 years — and Crista, a U.S. citizen, would be forced to choose between staying here without her parents or moving to El Salvador, a country she’s never known.
We are so grateful to our Centennial Gala Co-Chairs for their dedication, support, and leadership as we celebrate the ACLU’s 100th anniversary.
Valerie Dillon & Daniel Lewis
Jerome L. Greene Foundation
Michael Novogratz and Sukey Caceres Novogratz
Noah Pritzker and Wendell Winton
Deborah J. Simon
Gwendolyn M. Sontheim
Michael and Donna Weinholtz
Robert N. Chester & Jennifer Trask-Chester
Carl Crider & Carol Clause
David Dechman & Michel Mercure
Janet L. Denlinger
M. Nazie Eftekhari
Ambassador James C. Hormel & Michael P. N. Hormel
Sam & Tulsi Maddula
Kiki & Zach Mcmillan
Katherine C. Moore
Dave Olsen & Brigitte Kerpsack Olsen
The Posner Foundation of Pittsburgh
Pritzker Family Foundation
Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation
Anthony D. Romero
Russell Reynolds Associates
Paul Sagan & Ann Burks Sagan
Jon Stryker & Slobodan Randjelović
Katrina Vanden Heuvel
Zegar Family Foundation
Danielle Ziff & Ruston Forrester
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