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12th Annual Real Estate Gala, November 7, 2013

Over 425 guests came to the Four Seasons Hotel on November 7th for the 12th Annual Gala to raise funds for the Institute programs and network with others.  Many alumni returned - some buying tables - and current students attended as guests.  The Lifetime Leadership Awardee C. Michelle Panvovich of Mid-America Asset Management, LLC who announced the creation of The Panovich Opportunity Fund to provide special assistance to many who otherwise couldn't obtain their degree in real estate.  Christopher Kennedy, as Keynote Speaker, provided a rousing call for new economic development in Chicago. Once again the Gala raised over half of the annual operating funds for the Institute.

 Guest Speaker and Industry Achievement Award Winner

C. Michelle Panovich, Chairman, Mid-America Asset Management, LLC received the Lifetime Industry Leadership Award and is seen here being congratulated by Guest Speaker: Joseph P. Kennedy, Chairman, Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises, Inc. 


Jon B. DeVries, Director, MBIRE;  Marshall Bennett, Marshall Bennett Enterprises and Christopher G. Kennedy, Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises, Inc.

Christopher G. Kennedy, Chairman, Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises, Inc. the firm of the Kennedy Family where he is responsible for the development of the Kennedy Family's real estate holdings in Chicago known as Wolfe Point.  Chris is also Founder and Chairman of Top Box Foods, a non-profit, hunger-relief organization that addresses societal issues of hunger through the delivery of high-quality and affordable meats, fruits, vegetables and other food products throughout the city of Chicago. 

Gala 13 Guests

Colette English Dixon, Prudential Real Estate Investors; Mark Jones, Jameson Commercial, Cheri Grossman, and Jill Bessen Sickle, JRG Capital Partners, LLC enjoying the networking before the start of dinner that evening. 

For more information on the Gala contact: Lauren Chill, Director of Special Events
(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 Roosevelt University.