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THE MAGIC BALL Benefiting Camp Kesem

We are grateful to the over 600 attendees at our 2017 Magic Ball. They - and our generous sponsors - donated over $1.2 million to Kesem's mission of supporting children impacted by a parent's cancer. Our next Magic Ball in Chicago will be held on March 10, 2018.

You will never forget your evening at The Magic Ball. One of Chicago’s most memorable charity events, The Magic Ball is a unique blend of fun, magic, surprise, fantastic food and entertainment – all supporting an unparalleled charity organization which provides support to children touched by a parent’s cancer.

The event, held at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park, brings hundreds of Chicago luminaries together for an evening of philanthropy, discovery and fun. Complete with hands-on experiences, dinner, live auction and dancing, The Magic Ball will inspire you to support this often-overlooked population of children.

All proceeds benefit Camp Kesem and their nationwide network of free summer camps (including camps run by Northwestern University, University of Illinois, DePaul University and Northern Illinois University), ensuring the organization’s ability support more of the 5+ million children who have a parent with cancer, or who have lost a parent to cancer.

Our 2017 Benefit...

March 11, 2017

Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park

Over 600 Attendees

$1,200,000 Dollars Raised

Click here to view the 2017 event photo album on Facebook.
Magic Ball emcee, and Chicago Magazine editor and publisher, Susanna Homan and Sarah Wood during cocktail reception
Kesem CEO Jane Saccaro (center) with Chicago Board members and Magic Ball sponsors, Carolyn Agnew (left) and Sarah Graham (right)
Dara and Richard Levy
Magic Ball emcee, and Chicago Magazine editor and publisher, Susanna Homan with Dara Levy and friend
The evening culminated in dessert and dancing to Grammy award-winning DJ Maurice Joshua
Yorgo Koutsogiorgas, President and CEO of event sponsor Giordano’s, with Betty Toppel
Kesem CEO Jane Saccaro speaks to board members and sponsors, including Yorgo Koutsogiorgas, Giordano’s President and CEO
Guests were invited to join in the tradition of choosing their own camp name, and to engage with Kesem college student leaders throughout the evening
Over 600 guests came together at the Fairmont Chicago Hotel for the Magic Ball
Magic Ball emcee, and Chicago Magazine editor and publisher, Susanna Homan greets the crowd to kick off the evening’s program
Popular Chicago sports broadcaster and host of the Blackhawks Pregame and Postgame Live Pat Boyle
Famed auctioneer, David Goodman, introduces the final package for the evening – a private hillside Tuscan villa vacation
A special Kesem video premiered during the evening, featuring a Camp Kesem counselor, Whiskers, and her family’s cancer journey and discovery of Camp Kesem
Whiskers and her family joined Kesem CEO Jane Saccaro on stage after the video
Camp Kesem camper’s wearing Thank You! t-shirts joined auctioneer David Goodman on stage for the paddle raise portion of the evening
Guests were invited to participate in the Camp Kesem tradition of dedicating a luminary bag to a loved on touched by cancer

2017 EMCEE

Susanna Negovan
Editor & Publisher of Chicago Magazine


Dafna & Neil Aaronson
Joe Adams
Carolyn & Mark Agnew
Linda & Mark Anderson
Lisa & Keith Bandolik
Heather & Bob Bartell
Neha Biggs
Cathy Birkeland & Greg Marton
Jen & Sean Cunningham
Kim & Justin Friesen
Melanie & Andy Goodman
Sarah & Jonathan Graham
Michelle & Mark Grossmann
Kate & Mike Henn
Jenny & Brian Herb
Kate & Brian Higgins
Jim Higley
Calle & Ben Hutchen
Peggy & Mike King

Dara & Richard Levy
Marc Liebman
Holly & Rick Miller
Lani & Ross Miller
Kathy & Bill Newlands
Kelli & Ryan Patterson
Shannon & Andy Preda
Laura & Bob Probst
Kate Protextor & Bill Drehkoff
Megan & Richard Ratke
Cindy & Andrew Razeghi
Dorothy Rotatori
Sheri & Aaron Rudberg
Jane & Jay Saccaro
Robin & Erik Scheier
Bevin & Andrew Skoglund
Kate & Tom Smith
Erin & Matt Vollmer
Michelle & Andy Worth


Bob Bartell
Neha Biggs
John K. Bradburn Jr.
Emily M. Brakebill *
Thom Brown
Ben Cornwell
David Cronin
Becky Crowe
Keith Dierkx
Ron Glickman **
Jerry Katz
Darren Macioce
Betsy Morton
Mark Luck Olson
Robert Plotkowski
Jane Saccaro
Carlyn Solomon
Jay Stilwell
Sudarsan Thattai
Iris Rave Wedeking

* Board Chair
** Board Chair Emeritus

Our next Magic Ball in Chicago will be held on March 10, 2018.

The Magic Ball brings together over 600 Chicago influencers, business leaders, athletes and celebrities for one unified, inspiring purpose – to bring Camp Kesem’s life-changing programs to more children in need.

Sponsorship provides your brand with the opportunity to create authentic and action-oriented connections – not only with this event audience, but with the entire extended Camp Kesem family.

Sponsorship opportunities start at $5K, and include product sampling, invitation to our VIP reception, table seating, signage and custom brand activations, program integration and a “magic experiences” live auction. Presenting sponsors have the opportunity to shape the event to their needs.

CLICK HERE to view our 2018 Sponsorship Opportunities.

CONTACT COLLEEN GEARY with any 2018 sponsorship questions.

Thank you to all our 2017 Magic Ball sponsors!


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