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13th Annual Real Estate Gala, November 13, 2014

The 13th Annual Real Estate Gala was held on November 13, 2014 at the Four Seasons Hotel and was again a wonderful success.  The Gala continues to provide over half of the Institute operating revenues as well as new funds for faculty and student support.

J. Michael Drew received the Lifetime industry Leadership Award and his friends and family dedicated a new fund, The Drew Family Memorial Fund, to support the study of real estate development, with initial donations of over $56,000.  Howard A. Tullman CEO, 1871, was the keynote speaker, provided a stirring review of how technology is creating new growth opportunities in the industry for this generation.

This year a new record of 446 tickets were sold and over 450 were in attendance including students seated at corporate tables. Table sales and sponsorships brought in over $300,000.  We extend our special thanks to the real estate community for this outstanding support.
J. Michael Drew
J. Michael Drew, founding principal of Structured Development, LLC, and recipient of the Lifetime Industry Leadership Award with Marshall Bennett, Marshall Bennett Enterprises.  

Howard A. Tullman
Howard A. Tullman, CEO of 1871 and Keynote Speaker

Reception Sponsorship
Michael De Rouin, FitzGerald Associates Architects and
Keith Giles, K. Giles LLC

Gala 2014
Dean Joe Chan, Heller College of Business at Roosevelt University

 Scholars and Alumni
Kristen Smith, Urban Partnership Bank; Dion Hickles, Ardmore Associates; Andre Collins, Community Investment Corp.; Ina Dorsey, CBRE
Gala Guests 2
Dafena Russell, Duke Realty; David Tomlinson, Greenstone Partners; Leo Solarte, Greenstone Partners; and Jean Meilinger, Goldie Wolfe Coordinator
 Gala 2014
Ernie Abood, IREJ; Michael Lisula, Duke Realty; Mary Lisula and Chase Morris, Kale Realty
 Pasquinelli, Fogelson and Bennett
Anthony Pasquinelli, BnA Homes; Gerald Fogelson, The Fogelson Companies and Marshall Bennett, Marshall Bennett Enterprises

For more information on the Gala contact: Lauren Chill, Exec. Director Spec. Events/Reunions (312) 341-3617 or

For information on the Institute contact: Jon B. DeVries, Director, Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate (312) 281-3358 or

All proceeds benefit the student and industry education programs of The Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate at Roosevelt University.