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Social Calendar — Can’t Miss February Charity Events

Social Calendar — Can’t Miss February Charity Events

Equality Illinois 2024 Gala

LOCATION: Hilton Chicago | 65 West Jackson Boulevard
ATTIRE: Formal
DATE | TIME: Saturday, Feb. 3 | 5:30pm cocktail reception; 7:30 dinner and program
The Midwest’s largest LGBTQ+ celebration of its kind will welcome more than 1,500+ attendees to hear about the successes and ongoing challenges of building a stronger Illinois in the face of national headwinds against LGBTQ+ civil rights. Each year at the Gala, Equality Illinois honors champions and organizations who demonstrate remarkable vision, courage, and leadership in the effort to achieve full equality and inclusion of LGBTQ+ individuals. This year, the Equality Illinois Organization Award will be presented to Equality Texas. The Equality Illinois Freedom Award will be presented to Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Precious Brady-Davis. LEARN MORE.

Catholic Charities D’Vine Affair 2024

LOCATION: Union League Club of Chicago | 65 West Jackson Boulevard
ATTIRE: Business casual or dress denim
DATE | TIME: Sunday, February 4 | 2pm-6pm

One of Chicagoland’s premier wine tasting fundraising events, the D’Vine Affair raises funds for Catholic Charities programming in Cook and Lake counties. Guests will enjoys a unique and enjoyable afternoon sampling more than 250 wines and select craft and imported beers from more than 90 vintners and brewers from around the world. LEARN MORE.

World of Chocolate 2024 

LOCATION: Chicago’s Union Station | 500 Jackson Boulevard.
DATE | TIME: Friday, February 9 | 6pm-9pm
HOST COMMITTEE: Adwoa Antwi-Barfi, Geoffrey & Joshua Brown, Markus Pitchford, Lori & Steve Kaufman, Dr. Raymond Lechner & Bryon Farmer, Rina Shah & Khadijah Khan, Robert & Eudice Fogel and more
Join us for Chicago’s sweetest party. Embark on a global chocolate tour featuring Chicago’s top chocolatiers, lively entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, libations (open bar!) and our famous punchboard. World of Chocolate is AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC)’s annual fundraising event, raising $2.9 million dollars since its inception. LEARN MORE.


First Look for Charity

LOCATION: McCormick Place | 2301 S Martin Luther King
DATE | TIME: Friday, February 9 | 7-11 p.m.
ATTIRE: Black Tie Mandatory
CO-CHAIRS: Amy McCarty, Chef Cory Morris, Heidi Clifton, 

Be the first to see the nation’s largest auto show by attending the black-tie First Look for Charity, benefiting 18 area nonprofits. Complimentary top-shelf refreshments complements abundant hors d’oeuvres, from notable Chicago eateries. You can direct the proceeds of your ticket purchase to any or all of the 18 charitable organizations, and a portion of each ticket is tax-deductible as a charitable donation. LEARN MORE.

Girls In The Game Field of Dreams Gala 2024

LOCATION: Intercontinental Hotel Chicago| 2301 S Martin Luther King
DATE | TIME: Friday, February 9 | 7-11 p.m.
ATTIRE: Cocktail
CO-CHAIRS: Amy McCarty, Chef Cory Morris, Heidi Clifton, 
Join business and culture leaders, local and national celebrities and those who have been part of the organization’s history in celebrating 29 years of success and powerful girls and women everywhere. For 29 years, Girls in the Game has given young women in Chicago and beyond the tools and confidence they need to achieve any goal they set for themselves. Through sports, health and leadership programs, Girls in the Game instills the confidence, motivation and belief that no goal they set for themselves is too high. No goal is unreachable. And that if they can dream it, they can be it, and accomplish anything they set their mind to. We work to create the next generation of leaders. LEARN MORE.

Black Creativity Gala

LOCATION: Museum of Science and Industry Chicago | 5700 S. DuSable Lake Shore Drive
DATE | TIME: Saturday, February 17 |6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
ATTIRE: Cocktail Formal
CHAIRS: Cheryl Harris-Senior Vice President, Sourcing and Procurement Solutions, The Allstate Insurance Company 

Please join us to celebrate the indispensable and significant contributions of Black creators, innovators and artists who bring their esteemed talents and vision to science, technology, engineering, the arts and medicine. Enjoy live musical performances, dancing, daring culinary adventures and the vibrant 2024 Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition. With your ticket purchase or sponsorship, you help inspire the next generation of Black leaders to succeed in bringing revolutionary science and technology into the future, while ensuring MSI continues as a resource of learning and creativity.   LEARN MORE.

Chicago Go Red for Women

LOCATION: Marriott Marquis | 2121 S. Praire Avenue
DATE | TIME: February 23
ATTIRE: Business Casual
CO-CHAIRS: Catherine Estrampes, president and CEO GE HealthCare, and Andrew DeLaO, chief marketing and strategy officer 

Since 2004, Go Red for Women has addressed the awareness and clinical care gaps of women’s greatest health threat, cardiovascular disease. As Go Red celebrates 20 years of making an impact, for the last 100 years, the American Heart Association has made bold moves to save lives and pioneer scientific discoveries. We haven’t done it alone. We reach our goals working with organizations and individuals who share our vision for better health.  LEARN MORE.

Junior Council 35th Annual Snowball Gala

LOCATION: The Drake Hotel | 140 E. Walton Street
DATE | TIME: Saturday, February 24

Junior Council’s Annual Snowball Gala is an iconic Chicago event known for its long history of philanthropy. The 35th Annual Snowball will feature live music from Hello Weekend and DJ Mike Caliber and dancing, a robust silent auction, premium open bar, and tastings from a variety of local restaurants, and special guest Rod Thill! All proceeds directly benefit the Pediatric & Adolescent HIV/AIDS Clinic at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. LEARN MORE.

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Holocaust Museum 2024 Humanitarian Awards Dinner

LOCATION: Hyatt Regency Chicago | 151 E. Wacker Drive
DATE | TIME: Tuesday, February 27 | 5pm Reception; 6:30pm Dinner

The Holocaust Museum’s Humanitarian Awards Dinner is one of the largest fundraising events in the city of Chicago. This high-profile evening pays tribute to Holocaust Survivors as well as civic, community, and business leaders. Distinguished keynote speakers enrich the evening and address an audience of over 2,000 with their personal experiences and poignant observations about our world, both past and present. This signature event is a moving evening that showcases the Museum and the role it plays in the Chicagoland community and beyond. 2024 Humanitarian Awards dinner will honor: Michael & Juliet Gray and Wintrust. Featuring Debra Messing, award winning actress, producer and human rights activist PLUS a special musical performance by acclaimed cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper. LEARN MORE.

Museum on Contemporary Photography DARKROOM 2024

LOCATION: Columbia College Chicago Student Center | 754 S. Wabash Avenue
DATE | TIME: Thursday, February 29 | 5:30p.m.–9 p.m
CO-CHAIRS: Eszter Borvendeg and Lincoln Schatz 
Join us for our annual benefit happening on LEAP NIGHT! DARKROOM includes MoCP’s renowned photography auction featuring important works by contemporary artists from around the world and one-of-a-kind art experiences. Event proceeds support essential MoCP exhibitions, education, and community engagement programs. Silver Camera Award will be presented to Dawoud Bey. The DARKROOM Honoree for 2024 is Jason Pickleman and JNL Studio. LEARN MORE.

Reaumond Foundation Knockout Cancer 2024

LOCATION: House of Blues Chicago | 329 N Dearborn Street
DATE | TIME: Thursday, February 29 | 5:30p.m.–9 p.m
KO Cancer 24’ will bring together Chicago’s top business professionals for an unforgettable evening of boxing, camaraderie, and philanthropy. We invite you to join us in the fight against pancreatic cancer, as we raise funds to support patients, families, and hospitals dedicated to serving them. The event will feature championship amateur boxing matches that promise to keep you on the edge of your seat. Witness our brave participants step into the ring, demonstrating their skills and determination to knockout cancer once and for all. Beyond the thrilling boxing matches, the night will be filled with other exciting activities, including an open bar, delicious dinner, and live entertainment. LEARN MORE.


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