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Colleen McNicholas is a Chicago South Sider who frequently wanders the streets of the windy city. She is always on the lookout for the best food and adventures this city has to offer. She is a Columbia College Chicago grad and is a marketing/PR professional. A few years ago, Colleen realized how many limitations she was putting on her life and decided she needed a change. She created a bucket list back in 2011 and has been following that bucket list ever since. Now, Colleen finally feels like she is living the life she has always wanted. When not working, volunteering, or trying new restaurants, she enjoys playing the guitar, fashion, going to concerts, running races, and meeting new people. Colleen is also a big thrill seeker: from extreme zip lining, to helicopter rides, to whale watching in Alaska, all the way to skydiving. Colleen wants to inspire people to take risks, try new things, and enjoy every second of life.

Recap: 8th Annual Big Shoulders Fund Ball In Chicago

Wendy Rociles and Sonya Everett (Photo Credit: Colleen McNicholas)

Wendy Rociles and Sonya Everett from Josephinum Academy (Photo Credit: Colleen McNicholas)

The Big Shoulders Fund Auxiliary Board hosted their 8th Annual Big Shoulders Fund Ball at the Museum of Broadcast Communications. This organization knew how to put together one unforgettable evening. The night included dinner, dancing, drinks, fantastic auction items, raffle prizes, and a DJ.

To top it off, the event gave their attendees the opportunity to wander the floors of the Museum of Broadcast Communications. Many of the students from the program were in attendance to interact with guests and enjoy the evening.

Every year, the organization gathers philanthropic community members to raise money for the thousands of students in their program. Proceeds from the ball benefit the Auxiliary Board Scholarship Fund. The scholarship funds over 24,000 children attending the 90 Chicago Catholic schools in the area.


Celina G. Wysgalla and Peter Wysgalla (Photo Credit: Colleen McNicholas)


Lucille Ball’s dress from “I Love Lucy” (Photo Credit: Colleen McNicholas)


Aylin Meraz and Endia Lawrence from Josephinum Academy (Photo Credit: Colleen McNicholas)


Crystal Bowyer and Sharon Kushiner (Photo Credit: Colleen McNicholas)


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