Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation's annual cocktail reception is a celebration of our work improving laws, educating allies, and championing survivors of sexual harm in Chicago. It's also a time to recognize change-makers in the movement. This year, we will be honoring WBEZ's South Side reporter and author, Natalie Moore.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Reception 5:30pm - 8:30pm | Program 6:30pm

Skadden Arps

155 N. Wacker Drive | 28th Floor Conference Center
Chicago, Illinois 60606   

Hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and signature cocktails will be served.

Look forward to hearing from our distinguished honoree: Natalie Moore. Her work shines a light on inequality and segregation in Chicago while uplifting the voices of those most impacted by sexual harm. We also have an exciting raffle in store to cap off the evening!

Interpretation will be provided. Please indicate if you would like this accommodation on the ticket page.

Skaddan Arps is an accessible, ADA compliant venue. Please contact if you have any accessibility questions.


Thank you for your interest in Celebrating Allies. Tickets for Celebrating Allies are no longer available. Please contact Natalie Richards at for more information.

Early Bird Tickets
General Admission (over 35) $125
Young Professionals (35 and under) $50

Regular Tickets after August 31st
General Admission (over 35) $150
Young Professionals (35 and under) $75

Sponsor a Survivor's Ticket
Make an optional donation to support the cost of a survivor's attendance.

*Special ticket pricing available for survivors and/or CAASE clients (current or former). Please contact Natalie at for more information or with any questions.

About the Honoree

Natalie Moore, Reporter and Author 

 Natalie Moore is WBEZ's South Side Reporter where she covers segregation and inequality.

Her enterprise reporting has tackled race, housing, economic development, food injustice and violence. Natalie’s work has been broadcast on the BBC, Marketplace and NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. Natalie is the author of The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation, winner of the 2016 Chicago Review of Books award for nonfiction and a Buzzfeed best nonfiction book of 2016. She is also co-author of The Almighty Black P Stone Nation: The Rise, Fall and Resurgence of an American Gang and Deconstructing Tyrone: A New Look at Black Masculinity in the Hip-Hop Generation.  

About the Performer

e. nina jay, Writer and Poet 

 e. nina jay describes herself as “a Black, Lesbian, Womon, Writer who uses poetry as a tool of survival and to break silences around all forms of violence against gurls and womyn, with particular focus on the intersections of race, sexuality, and poverty. As a survivor of incest and rape, she believes "Womyn and gurls can create a powerful community to fight against the violence and constant degradation that weaves itself into every facet of our lives, by breaking silences and unraveling shame.” She has recently completed a 98-minute film called "body of rooms", which features e. nina performing poetry and spoken word from her book of the same name. The film was shot in the summer of 2017 – before the #MeToo movement reached critical mass. She recently published her 2nd book, a collection of poetry, titled "Bricks, Blood & Water" which you can read about here

About the Emcee

Nikki Patin, Poet, Artist, Community Engagement Director 

Featured in The Guardian, Chicago Tribune, HBO's Def Poetry Jam and on international television and radio, Peabody Award-winning poet Nikki Patin has been writing, performing and educating for almost 20 years. She has performed at the National Black Theater in Harlem, Brooklyn Museum, Links Hall, Black Artists Retreat, EXPO Chicago and many other spaces throughout the U.S., New Zealand and Australia. In 2014, she made history when she addressed the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on behalf of Black women survivors of sexual violence in the U.S. Nikki Patin holds an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction from the University of Southern Maine, is a recipient of a 3Arts Make A Wave award in music and was recently named one of “30 Writers to Watch” by the Guild Literary Complex. Her second full-length album, Surviving Something, is forthcoming in May 2020.

Nikki joined CAASE as Community Engagement Director in 2019, to lead CAASE’s efforts to deepen engagement with survivors of sexual harm and build relationships with communities in Chicago that are disproportionately vulnerable to sexual violence.


Help Make Celebrating Activism a Success

Sponsor a survivor
We want to celebrate and honor the amazing work of survivor leaders in our community- visit the ticket page to see how you can donate towards a survivor ticket.

Join the event host committee
Help make Celebrating Activism a success by inviting friends and securing sponsorships. Contact for more information about host committee membership.

Become a sponsor
CAASE welcomes corporate sponsors for all events. Contact for more information on sponsorship opportunities.

Host Committee & Sponsors

Gail Lee
Xenia Chiu
Marchant Johnson
Francesca Shuler
Jacklyn Fierro
EJ Williams
Dr. Nicole Tefera
Angelique Power

Presenting Sponsor

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Event signature cocktails provided by Tito's Handmade Vodka: