Children’s Place Association’s 30th Anniversary gala is just two days away! The virtual gala is free to attend. We would love for you to join us in this celebration and invite your friends, family members and colleagues.

The Once Upon a Time virtual gala is a wonderful opportunity to introduce others to the amazing, impactful work that we do and discover ways to get involved.


Event details: Virtual – Thursday, April 29th at 6 pm CT 

(Can’t attend Thursday night? All registrants will receive a replay link to watch at your convenience).

About the organization:

For 30 years, Children’s Place Association has partnered with local communities to build a better tomorrow for Chicago’s most vulnerable children — those challenged by health disparities, poverty and racial injustice. Our services stabilize vulnerable children and strengthen families so they can build a more promising future. While we are proud of how far we’ve come in the past 30 years, there is still an urgent need to help children facing health inequities and violence in their communities feel safe and have access to critical support services that allow them to thrive. 

We invite you to stand with Children’s Place and commit to attending our annual fundraiser, the Once Upon A Time Gala.

About the event:

The Once Upon a Time Gala is one of Chicago’s premier (now virtual) charity balls offering an established vehicle to showcase your individual and your company’s community engagement and social responsibility.

This event is our single largest source of private revenue to support critical services for children facing illness, homelessness and extreme poverty.

This year’s event is especially significant because it marks the 30th anniversary of Children’s Place Association.  

The evening will feature two powerful child advocates, Alex Kotlowitz and Maria Woltjen, along with Robin Robinson spearheading the festivities with raffles and a paddle raise. Alex will share accounts of those touched by gun violence in Chicago neighborhoods – and the love and forgiveness he’s witnessed in the aftermath. Maria will discuss the importance of listening to vulnerable children and their families and taking the lead from them.

The featured Fund a-Program for this year’s gala is…

Child Thrive, a new geographically focused effort driven by the community based in West Humboldt Park – a high-need area struggling with the impact of long-term systemic racism and disinvestment. The goal is to help this community transform from one of the harshest places to be a child into a great place to grow up… a neighborhood where every child can THRIVE. 

Proceeds from the gala’s Paddle Raise will help support the programs and services at our new Child Thrive Community Center. 

Please join us in celebrating three decades of service to Chicago’s kids in need… help us continue to give them an opportunity for a brighter future! 

We are grateful for our sponsors!