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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 2018 Benefit...
March 10th, 2018
Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park • Chicago, Illinois

Purchase your tickets or sponsorship packages here.

Click here to view the 2017 event photo album on Facebook.

2017 EMCEE

Susanna Negovan
Editor & Publisher of Chicago Magazine


Joe Adams
Carolyn & Mark Agnew
Linda & Mark Anderson
Lisa & Keith Bandolik
Heather & Bob Bartell
Neha Biggs
Nita & Iqbal Brainch
Jessica & Kevin Brosche
Cathy Birkeland & Greg Marton
Jen & Sean Cunningham
Cheryl & Geoff Evert
Mary & Christopher Freeburg
Melanie & Andy Goodman
Sarah & Jonathan Graham
Michelle & Mark Grossmann
Julie & Pat Hallinan
Kate & Mike Henn
Jenny & Brian Herb
Kate & Brian Higgins
Calle & Ben Hutchen
Peggy & Mike King

Dara & Richard Levy
Marc Liebman
Holly & Rick Miller
Lani & Ross Miller
Kathy & Bill Newlands
Kelli & Ryan Patterson
Jenn & Bill Phillips
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
Kelly & Adam Stanislavsky
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 MAUREEN HALLER with any 2018 sponsorship questions.

Thank you to all our 2017 Magic Ball sponsors!


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