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JDRF held the 40th annual One Dream Gala at McCormick Place on Saturday, December 14. Sponsored by Chicago magazine, the evening raised more than $7 million for type 1 diabetes (TD1) research advancements. Guests enjoyed a silent auction of over 400 packages, a delicious meal, live auction items, powerful speeches by JDRF leadership, and a special performance by Third Eye Blind. The global record-breaking fundraising total will accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. For more information, visit the JDRF Illinois website. Read more
On November 16, 2019, the National Historic Landmark Auditorium Theatre hosted its Annual Fall Gala, raising over $230,000 for the theatre’s programming, creative engagement, and restoration/preservation efforts. The evening began at the Palmer House Hilton with a cocktail reception and dinner, and finished at the Auditorium Theatre with a performance of Chicago Celebrates Sondheim!, featuring singers from across the city. For more information, visit the Auditorium Theatre’s website. Read more
PAWS Chicago hosted it 18th annual Fur Ball at The Drake Hotel on Friday, November 15. Sponsored by Chicago magazine, the event was attended by over 700 guests and their four-legged friends, the ball is a perennial favorite where canine companions enjoy all festivities with their guardians, from walking the red carpet to dancing into the night. Most importantly, the event helps fund life-saving programs for homeless animals. The Fur Ball was co-chaired by Melissa and Michael Canning and Frances and Chris Renk. For more information, visit the PAWS Chicago website. Read more
On November 14, the 10th annual Winter Wishes event hosted by the Founders’ Board of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital raised more than $575,000 to benefit the board’s funding commitment: a three-year $7.5 million gift, which will support New Frontiers in Pediatric Medicine and Research. Nearly 400 Chicagoans gathered at the VIP reception and holiday cocktail celebration. Guests were welcomed by Shelley Patenaude, Founders’ Board president and Pat Magoon, former president and CEO of Lurie Children’s. For more information, visit Founders’ Board of Anne & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago’s website. Read more
Chicago Children’s Museum held its annual fundraising gala on Saturday, November 9 in the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. More than 500 guests turned out for the event, raising more than $850,000 to support the museum’s child-centered exhibits, community inclusion initiatives, and educationally charged programming. The evening’s theme, “Cirque!,” invited guests to revel in the wonder of childhood while celebrating the museum’s commitment to providing opportunities for self-expression, creativity, discovery, and hands-on learning. For more information, visit the Chicago Children’s Museum’s website. Read more