Fundraising Events: Cirque Chicago Children’s Museum Make Believe Gala 2019

Saturday, November 9, 2019
Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier
6:30 pm-midnight


Colleen Kelly Gomos | Seyfarth Shaw
William J. Kelley, Jr. | TreeHouse Foods

Join Chicago Children’s Museum’s Board of Directors on Saturday, November 9th in celebration of the wonder of childhood. The Make Believe Gala: Cirque! promises to be a night of enchantment, dinner, dancing, and philanthropic revelry as we raise critical funds for Chicago Children’s Museum.

While every childhood is different, at Chicago Children’s Museum we believe that every child deserves the right to live in a state of wonder. We believe that every child has tremendous capacity and potential and that it is our job to dismantle limitations and barriers. This is why Chicago Children’s Museum welcomes almost 140,000 children and families each year through free and steeply reduced admission programs. And this is why our programming specifically works to reach children who need playful learning experiences the most, children with teen parents, in foster care, who have a disability, living in deep poverty, or with an incarcerated parent.

At the 2019 Make Believe Gala: Cirque!, we will level the playing field. With YOUR help, we stand as a positive force in the city we love and for the people we serve.

The Make Believe Gala is black-tie, but we encourage guests to accessorize with rings of fire, a boutonniere that squirts water, top hat and tails, or a generous sprinkle of magic dust.

For sponsorship information or to learn more about the event please contact the museum’s Development Team at (312) 464-7714 or

While children are at the heart of the museum, this event is not family-friendly.

Gala Sponsors

Prue and Frank Beidler
Ellenna and Jon Berger
Jodi Block and Barry Malkin
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
The Bluhm Family
Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.
Blakely and Harvey Bundy
Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C.
CBRE, Inc.
The Crown Goodman Family
Daniels Consulting Group
DV Trading
Kim & Chad Feingold (BDT)
Fifth Third Bank
Stacie Frank and Jay Ablian
Andy and Jennifer Friedman
Alicia Gonzalez and Gerald Saltarelli
Howard L. Gottlieb Foundation
Karen Harrison and Walter Freedman
The Huntington National Bank
Russ and Kathy Ivinjack
Bill and Heather Kelley
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Krueck + Sexton Architects/Turner Construction Company
Mayer Brown LLP
Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Morgan Stanley
Ashley and Pam Netzky
Christopher and Charlene Huang Olson
Jeffery and Dena Perry (EY)
Jennifer and Andrew Prewitt
Proper Title
Reed Construction
Russell Reynolds Associates
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Sterling Bay
TreeHouse Foods, Inc.
United Maintenance Company, Inc.
Wexford Capital Partners, LLC
Winston & Strawn LLP
Wintrust Wealth Management
Ronna and Steven Zoll

In-Kind Sponsors

ABM Parking Services
Lakeshore Beverage
Navy Pier



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