20th Anniversary Benefit Gala

Saturday, October 12, 2024


Embassy Suites by Hilton

1823 Abriter Ct, Naperville, IL 60563

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About Mahmud Abdul-Rauf:

A natural born leader and competitor, Abdul-Rauf, of Gulfport, Mississippi was formerly known as Chris Jackson before reverting to Islam in 1991. He is a Humanitarian, Activist, Author, Former NBA Player with impeccable skills admired by his peers and fans alike on the court and immense admiration and respect for the person he is off the court.

Mahmoud grew up with Tourettes syndrome (undiagnosed until the age of 17) and expresses he “Wouldn’t be the basketball player nor person he is off the court if it wasn’t for Tourette syndrome”. It’s also a driving force in supporting mental health causes and initiatives.

As an athlete he has set several freshman scoring records at Gulfport High School. He earned first-team All-America honors both years at LSU. He was taken with the third overall pick in the 1990 NBA draft by the Denver Nuggets. NBA Most Improved Player Award in 1993, appeared in the Slam Dunk Contest at the 1993 NBA All-Star Weekend, and was one of the league’s most accurate free throw shooters. In 2020 LSU retired Abdul-Rauf’s Number 35 basketball jersey and in 2022 he was recognized by Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.

In his unwavering faith in Islam Abdul Rauf preaches “The goal in life is to find your gift, the purpose in life is to give it away” which is why today Abdul Rauf spends his time traveling extensively in the U.S. and abroad doing speaking engagements and basketball training while also partnering with organizations that align with his faith on issues such as Education, Social Justice, Mental Health and Humanitarianism. Mahmoud says “The way we live has to produce a legacy of action which also mirror the importance of Coalition building which was a primary strategy of our beloved Prophet (PBUH).”

He has also just released his autobiography written with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nick Chiles, In the Blink of an Eye, published by Kaepernick Publishing and ‘STAND’ Documentary set to premiere Jan 2023 on SHOWTIME. 

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About Preacher Moss:

His “End of Racism” Comedy and Lecture tour voted 2 times “Best Diversity Act” on college campuses, is critically acclaimed, and recognized as an industry standard for being tough, honest, and brilliantly funny voice on the conversation of race, diversity, and understanding in the world.

His unique lecture style has been described as “smooth, intelligent, and thought provoking”, as his “seriously funny” message simultaneously occupies two spaces of laughter and intellectual engagement at the same time. Making you laugh and think, Moss is master thinker, craftsman, and storyteller. His comedy is a reminder of the lost old school art of “comedy as protest, and enlightenment.” Engagement is undeniable.

Known as the founder of “Allah Made Me Funny”- The Official Muslim Comedy Tour, Preacher Moss is recognized as the “poor righteous teacher” from his days as a veteran performer coming up in the comedy industry, and college lecture circuit. As writer for Hollywood heavyweights like Damon Wayans, George Lopez, and Darrell Hammond on Saturday Night Live, Preacher Moss had proven his value across many levels of stand-up, activism, and community empowerment.

Few dispute Moss’ abilities on stage. Many have described his work as something akin to watching a veteran jazz musician fill in the scales with notes that ultimately make the world smile. His simplicity is the definition of what’s right, and what matters in life.

His experiences as a comedian, writer, lecturer, Muslim, African-American, and poor righteous teacher are the sum of all his parts. Ultimately he is the storyteller on the corner that shares the good news, and sometime the bad, but always with sincerity. He is a comedian of the times.

So…park yourself on the corner of laugh and think. Share a little time with the comedic stylings of your brother, The Mighty Preacher Moss.

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Oct 12 2024


6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


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