Celebrate the Southland Gala a huge success!
Friday evening was a night to remember here in the Southland! SSMMA hosted our first annual gala with over two hundred guests in attendance at Idlewild Country Club in Flossmoor. Guests were dressed their best and included State and Federal Legislators, Cook County Officials, Mayors, Managers, Clerks, Trustees, Associate Members, and friends and colleagues of SSMMA.

Idlewild outdid themselves as usual with their fantastic dinner and dessert! Our dinner program included welcome comments from President Kolosh who thanked everyone for attending and recognized the many dignitaries in attendance. He also took a moment to recognize and thank the 2022-2023 Executive Committee members for their efforts on behalf of the Association.

A special thanks was made to the evening's premier sponsors Comcast, ComEd, Production Distribution Companies, and BNSF for their support of this event. Comcast's Yohan Fernando and ComEd's new CEO Gil Quiniones provided brief remarks reflecting on their commitment to the Southland and SSMMA communities. SSMMA thanked all the many Gala sponsors and raffle basket contributors that generously donated and contributed to the evening's success.
The program continued with special recognition of:
ILACP Past President &
Hazel Crest Police Chief
Mitchell R. Davis III
for his service to our region and state
and efforts toward criminal justice reforms.
State Representative Anthony DeLuca, 80th District
for being a
Champion of the Southland
and a leader on issues important to local governments.
Thank you to all our SSMMA staff who helped ensure our event ran smoothly. A special thanks to Kai Funahashi for sharing his special talent with all our gala guests: GIS Analyst by day, jazz pianist by night!
Thank you to all that generously donated to the raffle! The night's most popular baskets were the Money Tree donated by Mayor Eidam of Lansing; All Things Alsip donated by Mayor Ryan of Alsip; and Cruising Around Crete donated by Mayor Einhorn of Crete. All the baskets were fantastic!
A great time was had by all. Hope to see you next year for our 2nd Annual Gala!
Comments or Suggestions?
Kristi DeLaurentiis or Melissa Doud
South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association