On Saturday, April 13th, 2019 Children’s Place Association rang in Spring with their beloved “Once Upon a Time” gala with this year’s Kentucky Derby theme at Chicago’s newest venue, Rockwell on the River. More than 300 guests were dressed in their black-tie derby best and joined emcees Susan Carlson of NBC 5 and Marley Kayden of WGN-TV.


Thank you to all the guests, volunteers, event committee members and sponsors for believing all of Chicago’s children deserve a chance to thrive–especially the most vulnerable.

Have questions and want to get involved? Or are you interested in becoming a Once Upon a Time Gala sponsor, contact Stacey Hacker at 312-660-3030. 


George Aliaga, QBE North America | Danielle Haddad, CNA

Committee Members

Fredi Bensdorf, Community Volunteer | David Blocker, QBE North America |Erika Bougdanos, Community Volunteer | Kristen Folland, Baird | Marie Godush, VedderPrice | Brian Greenblatt, CIBC | Mina Im, Community Volunteer | Nancy McCallum, Ventas, Inc | Bethany Neckvatal, Mesirow Financial | Jenee Page, Aon | Melissa Recatto, Community Volunteer | Lauren Silverman, Community Volunteer | Michael Silverman, SmithBucklin | Gwendolyn Smith, Litera Microsystems | Andy Wakeford, Zurich | Diana Ware, Alliant/Mesirow Insurance Services | Megan Zande, CIBC