Former Chicago Bears Cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman will highlight the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at Advocate Christ Medical Center on Monday, January 16.
Tillman played on the Bears for 12 years and is the 2013 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year, a 2012 Salute to Service honoree, a 2009 Ed Block Courage Award recipient and a three-time Brian Piccolo Award recipient. He has been recognized around the league and country for his extensive work in the community. Tillman and his wife, Jackie, founded the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation in 2005, which is dedicated to providing opportunities and resources to children and families in need. Since its inception, the Foundation has impacted the lives of more than one million children in the Chicago area alone.
The event, which will be held from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the medical center’s Stein Auditorium on Kilbourn Avenue, just south of 93rd Street in Oak Lawn, will be open to the public. A copy of Tillman’s book, “The Middle School Rules of Charles Tillman,” will be available as a gift to all attendees.
Following the formal portion of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, the medical center will host a multicultural lunch buffet in the dining area just outside the Auditorium.
“The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at our medical center traditionally draws hundreds of participants and features local, regional and national leaders, celebrities and activists noted for their work in promoting face relations, social justice and societal fairness and equality,” said Rev. Richard E. James, Advocate Christ Medical Center chaplain and chair of the Martin Luther King Celebration and Multicultural Taste Committee.
“It is truly an inspiring event, capped by a smorgasbord of foods representing cultures throughout the world,” he said.