Balthrops Are Chairs of Valentine’s Day Gala

Gala 2015 ChairsOn this coming Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 14, 2015, the 2015 Equality Illinois Gala–the Midwest’s largest LGBT formal event–will fill two ballrooms in the Hilton Chicago, making an emphatic public statement that “love is love is love.”

“Our annual extravaganza will feature couples and families for whom love knows no bounds,” said Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois. “That is certainly true of the Co-Chairs of the 2015 Equality Illinois Gala that I am very proud to be announcing today.”

The Co-Chairs are Mariterese and Patrick Balthrop of Chicago. Patrick Balthrop recently retired as CEO of Luminex Corporation. The Balthrops, proud parents of three, are significant supporters of organizations such as Equality Illinois that fight for the LGBT community. Their son, Patrick Jr., 32, is an openly gay sound designer and musician who lives in the New York area with his husband, Dr. Mark Garneau.


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