On Saturday, Feb. 6, Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg will likely be amongst celebrities to toast Marklund throughout a livestream gala expertise, “High Hat Ball Upside Down: Our Ball, Your Ballroom.”
Throughout the one-hour occasion set for 7 to eight p.m. CST, viewers will tune in to particular appearances by the Wahlbergs, comic Pat McGann, and actor Patrick John Flueger (Adam Ruzek on “Chicago P.D.”), in addition to given alternatives to bid on public sale objects and donate.
Since 1954, Marklund has been making on a regular basis life potential for kids and adults with profound developmental disabilities. It has three residential, therapeutic and schooling campuses in Bloomingdale, Elgin, and Geneva.
Usually, Marklund’s High Hat Ball, the nonprofit’s signature fundraising occasion, attracts 500-600 visitors and is held in a downtown Chicago resort ballroom. Nonetheless, as a result of an in-person gala occasion of this typical measurement and magnitude wasn’t potential this 12 months, it’s nonetheless potential for individuals to make a distinction from a distance, and have a enjoyable, thrilling night.
“It is nonetheless our High Hat Ball, however in your ballroom,” acknowledged Jeannine Zupo, Signature Occasions Director for Marklund. “Many individuals needed to understand how they may do one thing for us this 12 months since we couldn’t get collectively for a conventional gala,” Zupo stated. “Our committee, led by Occasion Chairs, Catie and Max Schmidt, and Vice Chairs, Kelly and Tom Roule, designed this thrilling one-hour livestream expertise with movie star participation, stay and silent public sale alternatives and extra.
“We even have a stable line-up of sponsors who’ve stayed tried and true to the trigger on this unconventional gala 12 months, which it vital to reaching our monetary targets,” she added.
The chosen celebrities appeared to be a pure match since every has ties to Chicago and suburban areas.
Company who register will take pleasure in complimentary entry to the hour-long present from the comforts of their house or non-public venue house.
Watching Marklund’s livestream Gala Expertise is free, however registration is required to obtain the hyperlink to the present. Go to www.marklund.org/tophatball for all occasion particulars and to register.
All Watch Social gathering hosts will air the livestream from their house/non-public venue, however every visitor have to be registered to take part in all of the occasion actions on their good telephones.
Along with bidding on public sale objects, members can lengthen their fundraising by creating private fundraising pages to achieve assist from their social community and people who aren’t capable of attend the occasion. The group with the best fundraising complete will win a selection of a Pizza Social gathering and Wine Tasting for 20 visitors at Aspen Lane Wine Firm in spring/summer season 2021 or $1,000 Apple present card.
Throughout this occasion, Marklund additionally will honor this 12 months’s “Mates of the Yr: Peg and John Haskins.”
The Lombard couple have been longtime supporters of Marklund each personally and thru their journey enterprise, Viking Journey Service in Westmont.
“The Haskins have been first launched to Marklund in 1997 after they started supporting the very first High Hat Ball with a cruise donation,” Zupo stated. “Over time, they’ve change into champions to the trigger by not solely their continued in-kind and monetary contributions, however by introducing numerous journey companions to Marklund who’ve donated to our auctions. The Haskins mixed private and company giving spans virtually 24 years, making Viking Journey one in all our strongest Company Companions.”
For details about the High Hat Ball livestream occasion, go to the web site at www.marklund.org/tophatball.