JDRF Illinois One Dream Gala

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December 12, 2015, Chicago, IL
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Join us for the JDRF Illinois One Dream Gala. This inspiring evening features our expansive silent and exciting live auctions, a sit-down dinner with beautiful lakeside views, our signature Fund A Cure program, and a special performance by REO Speedwagon! Make a difference in the lives of millions living with type 1 diabetes and join passionate volunteers and advocates, as well as business and civic leaders for this one-of-a-kind event. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest Gala updates and to see more photos of last year’s record-breaking event!

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Gala Leadership and Event Details

5:30 Registration and Silent Auction Open

Location: Lobby outside Arie Crown Theater

AUCTION

The One Dream auction is like none other! Featuring hundreds of packages, including once-in-a-lifetime experiences, signed memorabilia, luxury items, vacations, and unique opportunities, this is an auction you won’t want to miss.

View our Gala Auction Catalog and get ready to bid!

BIDPAL

BidPal electronic bidding will be used during the Gala’s silent auction again this year. Bid directly from your smartphone – anywhere and anytime!

Watch this video  to ensure you’re prepared to bid on all your favorite items on Gala night! If you have questions on this  feature, please contact the Gala Team.

You will receive a text message prior to your arrival at the Gala with information on how to start bidding.  Bid early and often right from your fully charged smartphone!

7:00 p.m. Dinner is Served

Location: Upstairs in Lakeside Center Ballroom

2015 One Dream Gala Menu:

First Course (Gluten Free)

Duet of Beets & Carrot Salad

Crimson & Golden Beets, Carrot, La Claire Farms Chevre, Shaved Fennel, Cracked Hazelnuts and Baby Frisee

Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

Second Course (Gluten Free)

Zinfandel Braised Beef Short Ribs with Balsamic Syrup & Pan Seared Sea Bass

Potato & Fruyere Pave

Sautéed Broccolini

Vegetarian Option (Gluten Free)

Grilled Zucchini Packets

Roasted Vegetable Ratatouille, Quinoa and Roasted Red Pepper Coulis

Dessert (Gluten Free)

Caramel Brownie

Lemon Bar

Strawberry Macaroon

Sugar Free Flourless Chocolate Cake

(Please note:  McCormick Place does not have a certified gluten free kitchen, however best standards of practice will be used in preparing this meal.)

8:00 Gala Program Begins

Location: Arie Crown Theater

Live Auction, Fund A Cure, and REO SPEEDWAGON concert

8:35 p.m. (approximately) Silent Auction Electronic Bidding Closes

When entertainment begins, Auction Item Pick Up is available in its new location, room E252 (signs and volunteers will guide you).

11:30 pm (approximately) The Gala concludes

Travel safe and thank you for your support!

Important Guest Information

GUEST INFORMATION

To ensure the best experience, ease registration, and allow early access to the silent auction, please provide your guests’ information (including a 10-digit cell number) to Laura Monico by November 30th.

 

HOTEL

Book your room now for the 2015 Gala! The Hyatt Regency McCormick Place offers a special rate of $135/night for JDRF guests. You may book online or call 888-421-1442 and request the JDRF block.

ATTIRE

Attire for the evening is Cocktail or Business.

DRIVING INFORMATION

Be sure to give yourself plenty of time, so you don’t miss a minute of the Gala! For your convenience: driving directions and a map to the McCormick Place Lakeside Center.

We recommend parking in the C Lot to access the Lakeside Center. Parking is $21 in the McCormick Place underground garage. Valet parking is available for $30.

Entertainment: REO Speedwagon

Visit the REO Speedwagon website for more information on this iconic band and a full list of their hits!

Ways to Get Involved

Fund a Cure

Immediately following the Live Auction, JDRF offers individuals and companies the opportunity to contribute directly to T1D research during our Fund A Cure auction. Guests will be invited to raise their bid cards at various donation levels, making a 100% tax-deductible contribution that directly funds JDRF research. You can participate in Fund A Cure whether or not you are able to attend the event.

Donate

Corporate Event Partnerships

The JDRF One Dream Gala offers corporate event partnerships with customized benefits starting at $15,000+. Please contact the JDRF Illinois Gala Team  at 312-670-0313 to learn more about our corporate event partnership opportunities.

Purchase Individual Tickets

Table and ticket sales have closed. Please contact the office at 312-670-0313 for more details.

Individual tickets are $525 and include a reserved seat for dinner and the concert, complimentary drink tickets, and the opportunity to participate in the auctions and Fund A Cure program.

Please contact Laura Monico with any questions regarding table and individual tickets.

 

Sponsor a Table

Table and ticket sales have closed. Please contact the office at 312-670-0313 for more details.

Tables sponsorships are available at $50,000, $25,000, $15,000, $10,000, $6,500, and $5,000 levels. Please see below for additional sponsor benefits and contact Laura Monico with any questions regarding table and individual tickets.

Table Sponsor Levels and Benefits:

$50,000 Table for 24 Guests
Meet and greet with REO Speedwagon. First choice seating for music performance (limited number available). On-stage mention during the program. Night-of-event logo recognition. Name or company logo (with link) placed on Gala section of chapter website. Two complimentary rooms for table host at Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel.

$25,000 Table for 10 Guests
Meet and greet with REO Speedwagon. Premier seating for music performance (limited number available). On-stage mention during the program. Night-of-event logo recognition. Name or company logo (with link) placed on Gala section of chapter website. One complimentary room for table host at Hyatt Regency McCormick Place hotel.

$15,000 Table for 10 Guests
Reserved seating for music performance in premier area. Night-of-event recognition. Name or company logo (with link) placed on Gala section of chapter website. One complimentary room for table host at Hyatt Regency McCormick Place hotel.

$10,000 Table for 10 Guests
Reserved seating for music performance in preferred seating area. Acknowledgement in Gala presentation. Name or company logo placed on Gala section of chapter website.

$6,500 Table for 10 Guests
Reserved seating for music performance in preferred seating area. Night-of-event recognition. Name placed on Gala section of chapter website.

$5,000 Table for 10 Guests
Reserved seating for music performance in preferred seating area. Acknowledgement at the event.

*Tables of 12 may be accommodated with the purchase of two additional tickets at $525 each.

A donor may purchase a table by using a maximum of two payments (cash, check, or credit card). JDRF cannot process multiple transactions for individual tables.

 

Donate and Procure Auction Items

Your auction items will make a difference! The amazing generosity and support from our community has ensured the success of our auction year after year – and today we have one of the more unique, expansive silent auctions in Chicago!

In Demand Items:

  • Private Dining Experiences or Cooking Lessons with local chefs
  • Behind-the-Scenes Opportunities
  • Domestic Weekend Getaways and International Travel Packages
  • Celebrity Opportunities
  • Tickets or Suites for Concerts, Sports, or Shows
  • Vintage Wines and Liquors
  • Golf at Premier Courses
  • Hot Electronic Items
  • High-End Household Goods
  • Designer Fashion Items
  • New Children’s Toys

Please note: We request that the median value of items be approximately $40 to ensure the highest resale potential to raise the most funds.

Download the Auction Donation Form and include it with your donation when you send it to the chapter or drop it off. All forms are requested by November 6th (extended date!).

Learn how to turn your next gathering into a Party With A Purpose and build the auction at the same time. Or consider a “Virtual” Party With A Purpose.

Interested in making a difference? Contact Molly Byrnes with your auction donations, ideas, questions, or learn about joining the Gala auction committee.

Volunteer

Gala Volunteer Registration is Now Closed

We have reached our volunteer needs for Gala night and registration has closed. If you are interested in exploring other volunteer opportunities and deepening your involvement with JDRF, please contact Molly Byrnes to learn more!

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors

Signature Event Sponsors

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Signature Event Sponsors

$100,000+

$75,000-$99,999

$50,000-$74,999

$25,000-$49,999

$15,000-$24,999

$10,000-$14,999

$6,500-$9,999

Fund A Cure Program

Donate to Fund A Cure. Make a difference. Change lives.

What is Fund A Cure?

Fund A Cure is an opportunity to make an impact on the lives of people living with T1D and their loved ones through a 100% tax-deductible donation, which will accelerate life-changing research.

Where do Fund A Cure donations go?

Fund A Cure donations will be invested in JDRF’s effective and focused research agenda aimed to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until there is a cure.

How can I make a Fund A Cure donation?

This year’s Fund A Cure goal is more that $2.4 million. Every dollar matters! You can make your donation prior to the event or at the Gala during the Fund A Cure program. Please call the Gala Team (312-670-0313) for more information on how to make your pledge or donation.

Venue

McCormick Place Lakeside Center and Arie Crown Theater

The One Dream Gala is located in the McCormick Place Lakeside Center and Arie Crown Theater. Guests are encouraged to self park in C Lot. Valet parking is available at Gate 38.

View this map of parking options.

2301 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60616
Directions

Event Contact

JDRF Illinois Gala Team
312-670-0313 | galail@jdrf.org