UNICEF's Hope Gala

The Midwest Regional Office of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF will host its 8th annual UNICEF’s Hope Gala on Friday, April 17, 2015. The evening will feature a cocktail hour with silent auction and raffle; seated dinner and live auction. UNICEF’s Next Generation Chicago will host the After Party.

The goal for this year’s event is to raise $1 million for The Eliminate Project, UNICEF’s partnership with Kiwanis International that supports the elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT), a deadly disease that takes the life of one newborn every 11 minutes.


  • Friday, April 17, 2015

  • 6:30 PM Cocktails
  • 9:00 PM After Party

Musical Performers



Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra




For More Information



Please contact:

  • Meghan Doetschman | U.S. Fund for UNICEF
  • 500 N. Michigan Ave, Ste 1000 | Chicago, IL 60611
  • T 312.222.9121 | mdoetschman@unicefusa.org

Event Chairs



Hope Gala Co-Chairs

  • Bill Dietz 
  • Miller Vance

After Party Co-Chairs

  • Lisey Barela
  • Jeffrey Feste

Hope Gala Committee

  •  Amy Brown
  •  Carol Dawley
  •  Lainie Freer
  •  Mary Lou Giustini
  •  Stephanie Harris
  •  Linda Havlin

  •  Mindy Kairey
  •  James W. Kelly
  •  Linda McGovern
  •  Martha Metz
  •  David Otte
  •  Yamandu Perez

  •  Larry Rogers, Jr.
  •  Trisha Rooney Alden
  •  Wendy Serrino 
  •  Tina Trott
  •  Kenneth Zaugh





  • Bill and Cindee Dietz and Heartland Produce Co.
  • Wendy and Frank Serrino
  • Miller and Byron Vance




Media Sponsor

  • Make It Better


  • Engergy BBDO
  • GCM Grosvenor
  • Paul and Ty Harvey
  • Linda Havlin
  • Kirkland & Ellis
  • Martha and Adam Metz
  • The Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation
  • Tina and Byron Trott
  • USG Corp



  • Abbott
  • BDT & Company
  • Chase Bank
  • Nancy and Steve Crown
  • Carol and Mark Dawley
  • Fresh Farms International Market
  • Stephanie and John Harris
  • Vince Hemmer
  • Camille and Natacha Julmy
  • Mindy Kairey and David Manion
  • Jim and Patti Kelly
  • Lavin Family Foundation
  • Leo Burnett
  • McGladrey LLP
  • Merrill Corporation
  • Alexandra and John Nichols
  • Larry and Ralonda Rogers, Jr.
  • Paul and Joan Rubschlager
  • Susan and Steven Sholl
  • Paula and Chad Smith
  • The Waters Family


  • Jim and Wendy Abrams
  • Michael Bousis
  • John DeBlasio and GPD Charitable Trust
  • Mary Lou and Vince Giustini
  • Liz and Eric Lefkofsky
  • David and Stacey Otte
  • Troy and Christa Reichert
  • Latha Sundaram
  • Jeff Ward and Dora Moore
  • Kenneth and Jennifer Zaugh

Hope Gala Raffle



Enter to win! This year’s prize is your choice of a stunning women’s or men’s Breitling watch! The women’s watch boasts a stainless steel case and bracelet with 28 diamonds set around the face, white mother of pearl dial, and diamond hour markers, valued at $9,250. The men’s watch is a Chronomat 44 with a black leather band and steel-polished case, valued at $7,775. Tickets are $50 each or 3 for $100. Special thanks to our raffle donor, Burdeen's Jewelry.

Breitling Women's Watch   Breitling Men's Watch

Your support of UNICEF’s Hope Gala will directly help UNICEF to save and improve children’s lives all over the globe. This year’s event will benefit The Eliminate Project, aimed at eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus. $100 will help us vaccinate 55 women against tetanus, protecting them and their future newborns. $50 will help us vaccinate 27 women. Get Hope Gala Raffle Tickets to support The Eliminate Project here!