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We are back outside y’all and making a difference while FUNdraising. March is that weird in between month, we’re not out of the winter woods though not subzero freezing and we’re just itching for spring and warmer temps. Lets make the most of March by checking out and supporting these non-profits raising funds and injecting the FUN in FUNdraising. Check out the curated selections of upcoming charity events in Chicago taking place in Chicago in March.
WHAT: Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago Youth of The Year Award
WHEN: Thursday March 2, 2023 | 5:30pm
📍LOCATION: Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier 600 E. Grand Avenue
COST: Individual ticket $300 | Table of 10 $3000 | Sponsorship $7,500+
DETAILS: The Youth of the Year is Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago’s highest local honor, rewarding leadership, service and academic standing.
WHAT: Chicago Lights 2023 Gala of Hope
WHEN: Friday March 3, 2023 | 5:30pm
COST: $450 per person | Sponsorship begins $1,250
📍LOCATION: Ritz Carlton Hotel Chicago 160 E. Pearson Street Chicago 60611
DETAILS: Chicago Lights’ signature annual event will have co-chairs Bill Patterson and Pete Shannon returning. the 2023 Gala of Hope promises to be a more fabulous evening than ever, supporting the life-changing youth development and social service programs of Chicago Lights. Can’t make the gala, donate $75 and be entered to a win a Chicago Staycation.
WHAT: Oak Leyden Developmental Services 2023 Mighty Oak Gala
WHEN: Friday March 3, 2023 | 6pm
COST: $250 per person
📍LOCATION: Morgan Manufacturing 401 N Morgan Street Chicago IL
DETAILS: For 60 years, we’ve been providing a wide range of vocational and residential services for adults with developmental disabilities, as well as comprehensive therapeutic, educational, and family support services for infants and young children. Helping children & adults with developmental disabilities to meet life’s challenges and reach their highest potential.
WHAT: Special Olympics Chicago Polar Plunge presented by Jackson
WHEN: Sunday March 5 | 8:30am-1:00pm
📍LOCATION: North Avenue Beach
COST: Individual fundraise minimum $200 to plunge
DETAILS: Join us for the 23rd Annual Chicago Polar Plunge presented by Jackson. The iconic winter tradition is historically the largest and most well-known plunge event, gathering nearly 4,000 participants, plus friends, families and celebrities to support thousands of Chicago’s athletes with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
WHAT: Illinois Holocaust Museum Humanitarian Awards Dinner
WHEN: Tuesday March 7, 2023 | 5:30 PM RECEPTION | 6:30 PM DINNER & PROGRAM
📍LOCATION: Hyatt Regency Chicago
COST: Individual ticket $500/pp | Sponsorship & Tables $6,000+
DETAILS: The 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. Northern Trust, accepted by Michael O’Grady, Chairman & CEO; Pete Kadens, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist;Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago are the 2023 honorees. Distinguished keynote speaker, Michael Oren, Former Israeli Ambassador to the United States, enrich the evening and address an audience of over 2,000 with personal experiences and poignant observations about our world, both past and present.
WHAT: Auditorium Theatre 2023 Annual Gala
WHEN: Wednesday March 8 | 6PM
📍LOCATION: Auditorium Theatre 50 East Ida B Wells Drive Chicago 60601 (Performance); Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel 17 East Monroe Street Chicago 60601
DETAILS: The festivities with a 90-minute performance by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Auditorium, followed immediately by cocktails, dinner, an awards presentation honoring Ann Nash and Amina Dickerson, and dancing at the Palmer House!
WHAT: Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity Charity Gala
WHEN: March 10, 2023 | 7:30pm-11:00pm
📍LOCATION: River Roast 315 N Lasalle Street Chicago 60654
DETAILS: Reach Out and Read is a national nonprofit that champions the positive effects of reading daily and engaging in other language-rich activities with young children. Reading together promotes healthy brain development, furthers language acquisition, and helps families build meaningful bonds.
WHAT: One Tail at a Time Houndstooth Ball 2023
WHEN: Saturday March 18 6pm-11pm
📍LOCATION: Morgan MFG 401 N Morgan Street Chicago 60642
DETAILS: Get excited with us – Houndstooth Ball is back! Shake out those sequins and bust out the (dog) bow ties. Houndstooth Ball is a dog-friendly event featuring an open bar, plated vegan dinner, silent and live auctions, and a not-to-be missed presentation co-hosted by One Tail at a Time’s founder and Executive Director, Heather Owen and OTAT’s long-time friend and supporter, Emmy award-winning host Elliott Bambrough.
WHAT: Chicago Spartans SpartyBall
WHEN: Saturday March 18, 2023
COST: $175 Young Alumni ticket | $200 General Admission | VIP $300
📍LOCATION: Artifact Events 4325 N. Ravenswood Avenue Chicago 60613
DETAILS: SpartyBall is the Chicago Spartans annual event that is a celebration of all things Michigan State, bringing together alumni and friends of all ages from across the country for an evening of food, fun, and philanthropy to support the Chicago Spartans scholarship funds that provide financial support to Chicagoland students attending Michigan State.
WHAT: Gilda’s Club Chicago Untapped – Beer and Brunch
WHEN: March 18, 2023 | 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
COST: $75 | $100 day of event
📍LOCATION: Goose Island Barrel House | 603 N. Sacramento Boulevard, Chicago, 60612
DETAILS: Come enjoy a breakfast buffet from Blue Plate, delicious Goose Island craft beers and Bellinis and Mimosas from Marchesa. Mark your calendars now and register to attend today! All proceeds benefit Gilda’s Club Chicago and our mission to provide free support anyone impacted by any type of cancer.
WHAT: Green City Market Sustainable Supper
WHEN: Tuesday, Mar 21, 2023 | 6-9pm
COST: GA ($125) | VIP ($200)
📍LOCATION: 2734 W Roscoe St Chicago, IL 60618
DETAILS: Join us for an evening of local food prepared by Chef Devon Quinn and conversation focused on the important impact that farmers’ markets have on our local food system. Joining us on our panel will be Abby Schilling of Mick Klug Farm and Marc Luff of Flatwater Farms. Proceeds from this series will go to Green City Market to support local farmers, educate our community, and expand food access around Chicago.
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