Union League Boys & Girls Clubs

In addition to the smaller, volunteer-type events held throughout the year, the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs hosts four major annual events at the Union League Club of Chicago, which are open to all, including non-Club members. These events are major fundraising opportunities for the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs and support critical programming for the 15,000 youth they serve.


Youth of the Year Ceremony: Honors the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs’ Youth of the Year and Junior Youth of the Year candidates. Guests hear Youth of the Year candidates share their stories, and enjoy dinner and the opportunity to meet the incredible candidates. The ceremony announces the Youth of the Year candidate elected to represent the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs at the regional Boys & Girls Clubs of America competition.


Ring Lardner Awards: Honors sports broadcasters and writers who “exemplify the wit and warmth of Ring Lardner’s writing.” Each year, three recipients are selected for an award in one of three categories: Print, Broadcast, and Posthumous. Guests enjoy an evening with dinner and an auction of sports memorabilia.


Wine Dinner: An evening of fine dining during which guests enjoy a wine auction and 5-6 course meal with a paring of wines from a featured vineyard – menu arranged by the Union League Club of Chicago’s head chef in collaboration with the featured vineyard.


Annual Gala: The Union League Boys & Girls Clubs’ big signature black-tie event. Guests enjoy an elegant evening with appetizers, cocktails, dinner, music, dancing, raffles, auctions and other opportunities to support the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs.

Go to www.ulbgc.org or contact Marina at [email protected] to learn more and keep up-to-date with their major events and other happenings.

Luminarts Cultural Foundation Events

The Luminarts Cultural Foundation provides critical support to artists in a defining chapter of their professional lives by awarding non-restricted Fellowships in Visual Arts, Creative Writing, Classical Music, Jazz, Architecture, Ballet, and Fashion. Luminarts offers Fellows ongoing financial support as well as professional, performance, and networking opportunities, creating a pipeline of talent for and enriching Chicago’s vibrant arts community. Some of Luminarts' programs include the Visual Arts Exhibition, Classical Voice Finals and Reception, Luminarts Live - a recurring performance series featuring Luminarts Fellows in a casual, salon-style setting and The Gala, Luminarts' spring celebration and fundraiser, among others. To learn more about Luminarts or ways to get involved, please visit luminarts.org or email [email protected].

Chicago Engineers' Foundation Events

Chicago Engineers' Foundation (CEF) hosts events throughout the year to build awareness of the organization's mission, and to support growing programs for Chicago students. In February, CEF celebrates National Engineers Week with Engineering Focus, a luncheon to kickoff Engineers Week in Chicago. The Spring fundraising event, scheduled each March, is a cocktail event featuring a fun theme and entertainment, a silent auction, raffle prizes and live music. Each June, the Chicago Engineers' Foundation Award Celebration is the culmination of the academic year, honoring up to 100 students receiving scholarship awards and celebrating Chicago's future engineers. Throughout the year, CEF also hosts monthly, third Wednesday Happy Hour events as well as networking opportunities for members and engineering professionals.

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