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Friday, September 6, 2019

Setting the stage to help people in crisis - the 18th Annual Gala of the Arts will take place in the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier in Chicago, and will feature performing and visual arts. This black-tie optional event has become one of Chicago's premier social events, benefiting Catholic Charities Family Stabilization Efforts. Reservations begin at $300 per ticket, and sponsorships are available. Contact Rose Marie Lesniak-Mendez, Special Events Manager, at RMLesniakMendez@catholiccharities.net with any questions or if you are interested in joining this great Planning Committee!




 Emergency Services

Family Stabilization Efforts

 

Catholic Charities Family Stabilization Efforts provides basic human
needs. Food is the most requested basic need. Other services include
emergency financial assistance, benefits screening, clothing, emergency
shelter, short-term case management, advocacy, and referrals.

Despite unemployment in Illinois seeing a slight decrease, those who turn
to Catholic Charities for help are still facing a significant roadblock and are
struggling to provide for their families. The majority of jobs that pay family-
supporting wages now require some amount of postsecondary education,
training, or certification. This creates a significant obstacle for our clients who
have less education or work experience.

The program served over one million meals last year through our eight food
pantries and screened over 2,000 people for the Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program. 
Without the assistance provided by Catholic Charities, some of
the most vulnerable people in our area would have nowhere else to turn for
basic human needs.

Your contribution gives people in need — people who live and work in your
community — help and hope.
 Entertainment

Check back later for information on this year's entertainment!
 Art Show

Always a crowd favorite, the Art Show & Sale features original artwork, photographs and giclee productions by 15-16 locally and nationally recognized artists. Commissioned pieces will be available from a number of the artists participating, just inquire!

All of our artists donate a percentage of their art sales to benefit Catholic Charities Family Stabilization Efforts. We would like to express our sincere appreciation for their incredible generosity.

If you are interested in participating as an artist in this year's Gala, please contact Andrea Young, Event Assistant, at ayoung@catholiccharities.net. The deadline to submit applications is Monday, June 3rd, 2019.
 Raffle


Check back later for more information on this year's Raffle and Silent Auction!
 Mandatum Award

The Gala of the Arts Mandatum Award

 

The Mandatum Award, given annually at the Gala of the Arts, is the most prestigious honor that Catholic Charities awards each year and celebrates the awardee’s exemplification of Christ’s mandate to serve the poor with compassion and generosity. 

PAST RECIPIENTS OF THE MANDATUM AWARD

2018 – Mr. & Mrs. James N. Perry, Jr.

2017
 – The Glunz Family – John Glunz, Joseph Glunz, Louis J. Glunz III, Barbara Glunz Donovan and Patricia Spencer

2016 – Deacon Stan Strom

2015 – Mr. & Mrs. William L. Hardy; Mr. & Mrs. William J. Jovan; Mr. & Mrs.  James Serritella

2014 – The Women’s Board of Catholic Charities, Lake County Services

2013 – Mr. & Mrs. Michael A. Bilder 2012 – Mr. & Mrs. Richard J. Guzior

2011 – Mr. & Mrs. Charles W. Mulaney, Jr. 

2010 – Illinois Club for Catholic Women 

2009 – Most Reverend Timothy J. Lyne †

2008 – The De Santis Family Foundation             
   Accepted by Kyle De Santis

2007 – Mr. & Mrs. Ronald P. Laurent

2006 – Mr. Salvatore C. Argento †             
   Presented to Mrs. Sam (Mary Jean ) Argento & son, Vincent Argento

2005 – Mr. & Mrs. John † Geldermann  

2004 – Mr. & Mrs. Richard W. Burke, Sr.

2003 – Dedication of the Mandatum Work of Art

2002 – Mr. & Mrs. Thomas W. Havey             
   Mr. † & Mrs. † Richard Carrigan, Sr.             
    INAUGURAL RECIPIENTS

† Deceased

 Sponsorships

Sponsorships are available by contacting Rose Marie Lesniak-Mendez at rmlesniakmendez@catholiccharities.net or registering below.

Download a Gala of the Arts Information & Sponsorship Brochure

Download a Gala of the Arts Sponsorship and Ad Sales Commitment Form

Register here!


We offer our sincere appreciation to the individuals and organizations who sponsored the 2018 Gala of the Arts. Because of your generosity, more people in need will be assisted through the services that Catholic Charities provides.


2018 Gala of the Arts Sponsors


Presenting Sponsor:
Michael & Carol Bilder

Dinner Sponsor:
Chip & Ellen Mulaney

Entertainment Sponsor:
Dennis & Kristina Kelleher

Art Show & Sale and Audio Visual Sponsor:
Sage Foundation

Cocktail Hour Sponsor:
Thomas W. Havey

Photography Sponsor:
Bill & Sue McErlean

Party Favor Sponsor:
Richard & Christine Guzior &
Richards Building Supply Co.

Wine Table Sponsor:
Jim & Anthony Serritella

Program Sponsor:
Gerry & Heide Kenny

Raffle Sponsor:
Marshall Pierce & Company

Orchestra Table Sponsors:
Warehouse Direct
Richard C. Witzel

Dress Circle Table Sponsors:

Wintrust Bank

Mezzanine Table Sponsors:
Bob & Jeanne Casey
William & Mary Alice Jovan
William & Jeanne Hardy
Kates Detective & Security
Gloria & Jeffrey Schwartz

Art Board Sponsors:
Susan & Jerry Malloy
Mary Anne & Charles Bobrinskoy
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 Gala Mailing Address

If you would like to receive more information regarding the Catholic Charities Gala of the Arts, please complete the form below or, contact Rose Marie Lesniak-Mendez, Special Events Manager, at rmlesniakmendez@catholiccharities.net.


Mailing Address:

Catholic Charities
Gala of the Arts
721 N LaSalle Street, 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60654


 Event Details
The 18th Annual Gala of the Arts will take place on Friday September 6, 2019 at the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. The event will feature an exquisite Art Show & Sale, Grand Raffle, and a fantastic live musical performance. For more information about Gala of the Arts, please contact Rose Marie Lesniak-Mendez, Special Events Manager, at 312-655-7290 or RMLesniakMendez@catholiccharities.net.

See pictures from last year's event HERE!

Register here!

Donate here!


DRESS
Black tie optional


LOCATION
Navy Pier is located at 600 E. Grand Avenue.


PARKING- NEW in 2019!

Navy Pier parking facilities have transitioned from a flat daily parking rate to hourly tiered parking rates (see below for current rates). In addition, Navy Pier will begin utilizing new equipment that will use proximity and plate-scanning technology to allow for quicker transactions and easier garage ingress and egress.

Please note- with the new parking technology, parking must be paid for at the time of departure using one of the conveniently located pay stations.
Guests may no longer pay upon arrival or during their visit, as the new parking technology will give guests up to 15 minutes to exit the garage once payment is made.

New parking rates are as follows:

Tier Rate

Duration

$0.00

 

Under 30 minutes

$15.00

 

30 minutes 59 minutes

$25.00

 

1 hour 1.5 hours

$30.00

1.5 hours 2 hours

$35.00

2 hours 6 hours

$40.00

6 hours 12 hours

$50.00

12 hours 24 hours

 



DIRECTIONS
• From the north, take Lake Shore Drive (US 41) to the Grand Avenue exit. 
• From the northwest, take the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) to the Ohio Street Exit, south on Orleans to Illinois Street and proceed east. 
• From the west, take the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) to Columbus Drive, north to Illinois Street and proceed east. 
• From the southwest, take the Stevenson Expressway (I-55) to Lake Shore Drive (US 41), north to Illinois Street and proceed east. 
• From the south, take the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/94) east to the Stevenson Expressway (I-55) to Lake Shore Drive (US 41), north to Illinois Street and proceed east. 
• From the southeast, take Lake Shore Drive (US 41) north to the Illinois Street exit.
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Check back later for more information on the available wines at this year's Gala!