The 2019 Golden Gala and Alumni Awards Dinner was a great success. We had another blowout year of camaraderie, awards, and fundraising.

The Golden Gala and Alumni Awards Dinner raised more than $80,000. The Gala was a celebration of the University, its alumni and students. Thank you to those of you who were a part of this successful evening - we could not have done it without you!

We honored five incredible alumni and showcased their NEIU story. Each awardee was inspirational and deserving of the recognition.

The Golden Gala and Alumni Awards Dinner is not the only opportunity to give back. We still need your help. Donate now and help us continue to support students and programs at Northeastern Illinois University. 

Relieve your gala experience - view photos. 


Congratulations to the 2019 Alumni Award Winners!

Distinguished Alumnus Award View award video.
Michael A. Orona (B.A. '92)

Alumni Service Award  View award video.
Flora Llacuna (B.A. '79; M.A. '83)

Community Leader Award View award video.
Helen Sinclair (B.A. '85)

Outstanding GOLD Alumni Award  View award video.
Angel Velez (B.A. '10; M.A. '12) 

Future Alumni Award View award video.
Francisco Sebastian (Accounting major) 


A special thank you to this year’s table sponsors:

American Campus Communities
ASPIRA
El Centro
Ensemble Español
President Emerita Sharon K. and Dr. Billy Hahs
ILACHE
Flora Llacuna
President Emerita Salme Harju and Dr. Michael Steinberg
Division of Student Affairs

Heads or Tails Sponsor:
Crowne Plaza Chicago West Loop 


Save the Date:
Golden Gala and Alumni Awards Dinner 2020 
Saturday, October 17