Together, we will paint a bright future for children with developmental delays and disabilities. Join us from home for a colorful evening to celebrate each child's progress with the support of Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley. Help keep our therapy services strong for the children and families who need us. Imagine the possibilities that await.
For the cost of a Gala ticket or table you can enjoy a “Gala Box” hand delivered to your door. Includes access to the virtual event plus a gala-worthy selection of food and treats. *Receive a commemorative Gala mask with your donation of $100 or more.
You can help Easterseals avoid credit card processing fees of 5% by mailing a check to our Villa Park center or paying by phone, at 630.261.6240.
Shirley Welsh Ryan & Corbett Michael Welsh Ryan 2021 Carol & Jack Sanicki Crystal Heart Award Recipients
We are proud to recognize Shirley Ryan and her son, Corbett, for their unique and longstanding commitments to Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley. Through the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and as founders of Pathways.org, the Ryans have transformed the lives of countless families. We celebrate their support of Easterseals and their work as champions and visionaries for children with disabilities.
Jim Alviti as the Alviti Changemaker
We will honor Jim’s exemplary leadership and clinical expertise. In his 40 year career as a physical therapist, he has made a profound, positive difference in the lives of infants, children and adults with disabilities.
Michael Patrick Thornton
Michael Patrick Thornton is a Chicago-based actor, theatre director, and activist. A graduate of the School at Steppenwolf and the Second City Conservatory, Mr. Thornton is the co-founder and artistic director of The Gift Theatre, a Chicago theatre company whose mission is to grow and nurture an ensemble that lays roots in artistically underserved neighborhoods. He is a long-time friend and supporter of Easterseals, and is himself a survivor of a spinal stroke that caused paralysis from the neck down. Recently, Mr. Thornton has starred in ABC's Private Practice and CBS's Madam Secretary.