The tenth annual UNICEF's Hope Gala, attended by over 500 guests, raised more than $1 million for UNICEF's work to put children first. Decor by Kehoe Designs brought the event's theme to life as guests celebrated UNICEF's 70th anniversary of lifesaving work in 190 countries and territories.

Over the course of the evening, guests enjoyed a live auction and performances from the Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra led by Caitlin Simone. Thank you to all of our sponsors and attendees for their support and dedication to putting children first!  


April 29, 2017


The Geraghty
2520 S Hoyne Ave, Chicago, Ill.


Cocktails and Gala
6:30PM – 12AM



Black Tie

**Complimentary Valet Parking Will Be Available**

Gala Chair

John Luce

Gala Committee

Iliana Alvarenga
Amy Brown*
Sheilah Burnham
Cassie Carver
Bill Dietz*
Andrea Dollens
Jeff Feste
Jude Fitzgerald
MaryLou Giustini

Linda Havlin
Claire Kenneally
Nicole Lazaroff
Emily Merjan
Ashley Prasad
Hilary Scott
Joseph N. Silich*
Susie Silich
Miller Vance*

* Past Gala Chairs


Bill and Cindee Dietz/Heartland Produce, Co.
Wendy and Frank Serrino
Tina and Byron Trott

Vince Hemmer
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
KPMG LLP/John and Doug Luce/Kapila and Pramod Anand
Martha and Adam Metz



Tom Kehoe/Lori & Steve Kaufman
Jim and Patti Kelly
Dave and Emily Merjan
Northern Trust
Ashish and Ashley Prasad
Susan and Steven Sholl
Sila Solutions Group
Joseph N. and Susie Silich
Latha Sundaram
Miller and Byron Vance
William Blair & Company LLC
Ken and Jen Zaugh

American Airlines
Jenny Austin and Eric Friedman
BDT & Company
Rob and Amy Brown
Sheilah and Matt Burnham
Lisa Giacosa
Mary Lou and Vince Giustini
Paul and Ty Harvey
Linda Havlin
Mindy Kairey and David Manion

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