We are transitioning to a Virtual Gala!


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to cancel our April 25th Once Upon A Time Gala, our single largest fundraising effort of the year. Instead we are pivoting to an online experience. Between now and April 25th, your support is vital. In addition, to making a tax deductible donation, we are offering an opportunity to purchase a chance to win a $1,500 Amazon Gift and we will be hosting an online auction where you can bid on a variety of fabulous items from the comfort of your home or where ever you are holding up! Everyone can play a part in helping support children and families in great need.
Already overwhelmed by poverty, housing insecurity and neighborhood violence, Chicago’s most vulnerable children now face a serious new health threat. Children’s Place counts on the revenue from the annual gala to help these vulnerable children overcome challenges and reach their full potential. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, impoverished families are even more at risk. Can we count on you?

More details will be released in the coming weeks. Your generosity is appreciated!

A Donation to Make a Difference

2020 Co-Chairs

George Aliaga, Marsh
Danielle Haddad, CNA

Committee Members

Fredi Bensdorf, Community Volunteer | David Blocker, QBE North America | Erika Buchanan, Community Volunteer | Spencer Ellena, VITA North America | Johanna Fricano, Marsh / Marie Godush, VedderPrice  | Mina Im, Nuveen | Melissa Recatto, Community Volunteer | Matthew Roma, CIBC | Michael Silverman, SmithBucklin | Jeanette Slakey, Community Volunteer / Gwendolyn Smith, Litera Microsystems | Andrew Wakeford, Zurich | Diana Ware, Alliant/Mesirow Insurance Services