2021 Gala Banner Update

43rd Annual Benefit Gala

May 1st, 2021

Gala Reimagined

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.

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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.

Special Guest:

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.

Presenting Sponsor:

Lisa & Fred Barbara

Empowerment Sponsor:

Exelon Generation Logo   

Diamond Sponsors:

Katten Logo   

William Blair & The Pontius Family Logo

Independence Sponsor:

Change for Balance logo

Partner Sponsor:

Holtec Logo

Beth & John Jostrand

Ruby Sponsor:

CIBC logo

Benefactor Sponsors:

comcast logo
Northern Trust
Siemens logo
Have questions or need more information?

Contact Special Events Manager:

Susan Bonner

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