Better Makers: The 2018 UNICEF Gala Chicago Raises $1.1 Million for Children

Musicality performs onstage during the 11th Annual UNICEF Gala Chicago (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for UNICEF USA.)

The Midwest Regional Office of UNICEF USA held its 11th Annual UNICEF Gala Chicago on April 28 at The Geraghty. The Gala raised $1.1 million in support of UNICEF’s global mission: to save children’s lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfill their potential.

Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed a sit-down dinner, live and silent auctions with auctioneer Stephen C. Lewis, and entertainment by local acts Musicality and Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra. Guests also received reflections from President and CEO of UNICEF USA Caryl Stern; Managing Director of the Midwest Regional Office Beth McCostlin; and Gala Co-Chairs Sheilah Burnham and Kim Cornell.

Notable attendees included Vice Chair Hilary Scott, Auction Chair Camille Julmy, the Gala Committee (Amy Brown, Bill Dietz, Jude Fitzgerald, Mary Lou Giustini, Kathy Lai, Nicole Lazaroff, Emily Merjan, Ashley Prasad, Will Seibold, Susan Sholl and Susie Silich), Joe Dombrowski (Mr. D – UNICEF Kid Power Champion), Ashish Prasad, Rob Brown, Joseph Silich, Tina and Byron TrottLisa Giacosa, Jennifer Glaspie, Kyle MolesLatha SundaramIliana Alvarenga, Sarah de Blasio, Nev Fazlioski, Jeff Feste, Margaret Graver LeFevour, Andy MeyerCatherine Jones, Ali Parker, Samuel Gage, and Zach Von Ahnen.

UNICEF Gala Chicago: Elizabeth McCostlin

Midwest UNICEF USA Managing Director Elizabeth McCostlin speaks onstage during the 11th Annual UNICEF Gala Chicago (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for UNICEF USA.)

UNICEF Gala Chicago: Caryl M. Stern

UNICEF USA CEO and President Caryl M. Stern speaks onstage during the 11th Annual UNICEF Gala Chicago (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for UNICEF USA.)

UNICEF Gala Chicago: Kim Cornell and Sheilah Burnham

Event Co-Chair Kim Cornell and Event Co-Chair and Midwest Board Member Sheilah Burnham attend the 11th Annual UNICEF Gala Chicago (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for UNICEF USA.)

UNICEF Gala Chicago: VR Tours

Guests enjoy VR tours as they attend the 11th Annual UNICEF Gala Chicago (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for UNICEF USA.)

UNICEF Gala Chicago: Ashley Prasad

Gala Committee, Midwest Board Affil. Ashley Prasad lights a candle as she attends the 11th Annual UNICEF Gala Chicago (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for UNICEF USA.)

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Impact: Funds raised at the UNICEF Gala Chicago support UNICEF’s work to improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children, by providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. (Photo courtesy of UNICEF USA.)

 

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Emily Stone is Associate Editor at Make It Better. She earned a degree in journalism from Elon University in North Carolina. Along with writing, Stone has a passion for digital storytelling and photography. Her work is published in Chicago Athlete Magazine. Stone is a supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Stone is a fluent Spanish speaker who in her free time loves a good dance class.