It may a little late, but we are taking a look back at the year that was 2013.
Of course, we have nothing on the American Cancer Society – who used the time travel theme of 1913 to celebrate their 100 years in service. Their Discovery Ball resembled a train station circa 1913, complete with signs and a “Ticket Counter” check in desk.
This was just one of the many fun events that we were privileged to play at this year. What makes these events so special? They were all raising funds for very special causes.
The ACS Discovery Ball was the #1 fundraiser in Chicago! Almost 900 attendees raised over $2.1 million. For more information on this event, go to http://www.bizbash.com/american-cancer-society-gala-gets-fund-raising-help-from-100-leaders-1-puppy/dallas/story/26103#sthash.772ruDEI.H3VdVJbd.dpbs
We were rubbing shoulders with the greats at the Museum of Science and Industry’s Colombian Ball where we were delighted to share the stage with Buddy Guy! The night also included a failed bid by Dave to drink out of the Stanley Cup (the winning bid was $10,000 – just part of the $2 million raised that night.)
Big Stars and Big Venues – we were exhilarated to play in front of a sold out crowd at the Ravinia Gala. This was the first time a gala concert sold out, plus record attendance for the lawn seats. (As much as we’d like to claim it was all us, it probably had something to do with world-renowned pianist Lang Lang as well!)
One of the most visually stunning events was the Friends of Prentiss Gala at Navy Pier with an Into the Wild Theme. Over 700 guests raised over $1 million.
And, we took a walk on the wild side at the Brookfield Zoo Whirl. (Which almost required helicopters and/or boats to reach due to flooding!) While many of our club gigs can claim some interesting attendees – our audience that night included flamingos, a sloth, a penguin and a cheetah.
What was the common theme between these events? Success! All of these events were among the top 25 fundraisers in Chicago.
Why mess with a good thing? We are excited to be playing all these events again this year as well as adding the Peggy Notebart Nature Museum’s Butterfly Ball and the Auto Show.
For more information on these events, click here: http://www.bizbash.com/chicagos-top-100-events-2013/chicago/story/27486#sthash.Rw8Gg2v2.dpbs
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