UNICEF's Hope Gala

Over 600 UNICEF Chicago supporters came together on Friday, April 17th to put Children First for the 8th annual Hope Gala. The event raised $1.2 million for The Eliminate Project. The evening featured a cocktail hour with silent auction and raffle, seated dinner and live auction. UNICEF’s Next Generation Chicago hosted the After Party.

All proceeds from the Hope Gala went toward 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.

View all Hope Gala photos here.

  • Friday, April 17, 2015

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

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