On Friday evening, April 12, 2012, thousands of miles away from the impoverished communities that the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) serves, more than 500 Chicagoans gathered at the 2013 Message of Hope Gala to celebrate sustainable change and global empowerment.
This gala was held at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Chicago from 6 p.m. – midnight and was hosted by the Midwest Regional Office of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Guests sipped cocktails and champagne during the reception hour, and then enjoyed a delightful dinner that showcased the culinary art of the Four Season’s hotel.
During dinner guests also had the chance to bid on the unique items showcased during the silent auction. Silent auction prizes included a chance to mingle with celebrities at the 2014 Grammy’s and official Grammy after-party, a Jamaican villa vacation getaway for ten people, signed Chicago team sports memorabilia, along with many more coveted prizes and experiences.
From 10 p.m. to midnight, more than 150 people danced the night away at the Message of Hope After-party hosted by UNICEF’s Next Generation Chicago, the recently established group of young professional supporters.
Every day more than 19,000 children in impoverished communities worldwide die as a result of treatable diseases. UNICEF recently launched their Believe in Zero campaign, which aims to support community programs that will one day reduce this fatality number of 19,000 to zero.
Event sponsors for the Message of Hope Gala included BBDO, Kirkland & Ellis, Grosvenor Capital Management and Northern Trust. This event raised more than $896,000, and proceeds will benefit UNICEF’s clean water, education, health care and economic development programs that aim to break the cycle of poverty in more than 190 countries and territories worldwide.
For more information about the Midwest Regional Office of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, please click here.