DuPage Children's Museum celebrating 30 years at benefit ball

 
By Dee Dee McDevitt
DuPage Children’s Museum
Posted6/8/2017 12:56 PM
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  • Kids can experience all sorts of hands-on activities at the DuPage Children's Museum, which will be celebrating its 30th anniversary later this month.

    Kids can experience all sorts of hands-on activities at the DuPage Children's Museum, which will be celebrating its 30th anniversary later this month. Daily Herald file photo

  • The DuPage Children's Museum will honor the memory of co-founder Louise Beem when it celebrates its 30th anniversary with a Benefit Ball on Saturday, June 17.

    The DuPage Children's Museum will honor the memory of co-founder Louise Beem when it celebrates its 30th anniversary with a Benefit Ball on Saturday, June 17. Courtesy of DuPage Children's Museum

  • Judy Hsu of ABC 7 News will serve as emcee when the DuPage Children's Museum celebrates its 30th anniversary with a Benefit Ball.

    Judy Hsu of ABC 7 News will serve as emcee when the DuPage Children's Museum celebrates its 30th anniversary with a Benefit Ball.

The Naperville-based DuPage Children's Museum's annual Benefit Ball on Saturday, June 17, will be especially festive this year.

The event is themed 30 years of "Mission in Motion" as the museum celebrates its 30th birthday on June 24.

Starting at 6 p.m. at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Naperville, 1823 Arbiter Court, this year's black tie-optional Benefit Ball not only serves as a celebration for the museum and its mission, but also as the top fundraiser for the museum, a nonprofit organization that depends on donations and grants to cover a large portion of its operating budget.

The event begins with a cocktail reception and silent auction. A pre-dinner memorial to museum co-founder Louise Beem, who recently passed away, will pull at the heart strings of everyone attending.

The evening will continue with a dinner, live auction, special recognition of Honorary Benefit Ball Committee Co-Chairwomen Julie Chirico and Cathy Subber, and presentation of the Great Friend to Kids Award, a national effort embraced by children's museums across the country to honor those who have made significant contributions to enriching lives of children. Fantasia Band will perform live as dessert and dancing conclude the evening.

The Great Friend to Kids Award will be given to Martin P. Slark, CEO of Molex. Presenting the award is Melvin D. Williams, president of Nicor Gas and last year's Benefit Ball honorary chairman and award recipient.

ABC 7 News anchor Judy Hsu once again will serve as emcee. Hsu is an Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist and co-anchor of ABC 7 Eyewitness News at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Tickets are $300; $3,000 for a table of 10. All tickets will be held at the door. Complimentary valet parking will be available at the east entrance to the hotel.

For tickets, visit dupagechildrens.org/benefitball or call Kristy Brezinsky at (630) 637-8004.

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