Chicago Children's Museum Raises $750K in Annual Gala

Chicago Children’s Museum (CCM) held its annual fundraising gala on Saturday, November 5 in the AON Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. The event welcomed 400 guests and raised $750,000 to support CCM’s exhibits, educational programming and extensive community access efforts. “We’re so grateful for the generosity of our supporters this year,” said CCM President and CEO Jennifer Farrington. “To see so many people come out and support the importance of play in our community was truly humbling.” The evening’s theme, "Illuminate," highlighted the museum’s commitment to celebrating the power of discovery, the joy of “figuring it out” and the boundless capacity of Chicago’s children. Guests glitzed and gleamed as they showed their support by bidding on auction prizes, buying raffle tickets and just enjoying the party. "We are overjoyed by the support," said CCM Board Chair Jeffery Perry. "The funds we raise help the museum serve as a vital, play-based, educational and cultural institution for children and families in Chicago and beyond."

​​The highlight of the evening was the live auction facilitated by auctioneer David Goodman, bringing in an impressive $17,000 bid for the Chart Your Course package, which included a luxury private yacht Bahamian getaway and sold 3 times. The winner of the Golden Paddle raffle, which invited guests to purchase $200 tickets for a chance to win a $10,000 live auction credit, bid on the Under the Tuscan Sun package featuring a week-long Italian getaway and sold for $20,000. Gala Co-Chairs were Carly I. Warren and Thad Wong. Lead sponsors were Exelon and Hyatt Hotels Corporation. Next year’s event is set for November 4, 2017.

Brennan and Carly Warren in attendance at Chicago Children's Museum's annual fundraising gala on Saturday, November 5, 2016 in the AON Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier (photo courtesy of Chicago Children's Museum).