Sometimes things turn out even better than you expect and it’s not because you get what you wish for, it’s because of all the surprises along the way.
On Saturday, March 9th, Teen Living Programs hosted our black tie-fundraiser at the Swissotel in Chicago. TLP offers services that support, heal and empower young people in gaining employment, education, housing and independence. Simply put, TLP gives youth who are homeless the chance to flourish and our annual gala enables us to keep providing these life-changing services.
The gala was a great success! We received AMAZING SUPPORT FROM THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE especially our friends associated with Neuberger Berman, Allstate and United Airlines (TLP’s partner of the year).
I joined TLP as a gala committee member three years ago and later joined the Board of Directors. Every staff member, donor or volunteer I have met represent the loving and giving agency that is changing lives in Chicago. It’s amazing to experience the joy and pride people feel by being part of TLP. I often hear, “I can not believe that I’m just learning about TLP.” Well, if you didn’t know about TLP before, you do now.
Sure our gala raises money to support critical programs but it’s also geared to appreciate and congratulate our donors, volunteers and other supporters on contributing to the future. The atmosphere is one of elegance, warmth and cheer. From the moment guests stepped off the escalator, they were greeted warmly and directed to the red carpet to have their photo taken.
The gala committee team did an amazing job decorating the auction item area where a variety of items and experiences were up for auction. There was also games of chance and a super silent auction for special experiences such as vacations and sporting events. The program started with a video showing TLP leadership, staff and clients talking about the mission of the agency and the impact they have on lives. Guests were also gifted with inspiring words from both former and current TLP clients.
After an exciting live auction and delicious dinner, the guests moved to the dance floor and grooved to the sounds of Gentlemen of Leisure. A wonderful cover band that has performed at the TLP gala for the past few years.
Over 500 red carpet photos were taken. Here are my favorites.
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