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10th Annual Evening of Hearts & Hugs Chicago Benefit

Saturday, November 09, 2019
06:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Theater On The Lake
2401 N Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60614

Join our 10th Annual Chicago Benefit to Help Us Fight Epilepsy and SUDEP!

When:  Saturday November 9, 2019, 6:30 - 10:30 pm

Where:  Theater On The Lake in Chicago, located at 2401 N. Lakeshore Drive; at Fullerton Ave, on the lakefront just east of Lakeshore Drive. 

DETAILS: We are proud to host our 10th Annual "Evening of Hearts & Hugs" on Saturday November 9th. Gratitude fills our hearts as we reach a decade serving the epilepsy community in Danny's memory. Due to the generosity of our supporters, we have assisted families facing epilepsy spanning all 50 states and 12 countries. Yet, there remains a huge unmet need, and we look to increase our impact in the years ahead. This night of charity will allow us to continue on our mission to prevent deaths caused by seizures.

Please join us on the shore of Lake Michigan to celebrate progress against Epilepsy and SUDEP and to raise funds to support the millions of families who face the uncertainty, fear and isolation that can accompany life with seizures. The dollars we raise will change lives for the better.

Format: Cocktails and small plates; a silent auction and a fund-a-need special appeal; live music from the Whitney Young High School Jazz Ensemble. We are proud to welcome Mike Lowe from WGN news as our emcee.

Hearts & Hugs will include a "Fund a Cause" paddle raise segment. We are excited to have Keith Jones of Sayles & Jones Auctioneers to host this portion.

Reminder, this is not a reserved seating event.

DRESS: Cocktail attire.

REGISTRATION: Online here. On October 23rd, tickets will increase from $175 to $200.

New in 2019: We have a limited number VIP tables available for $300 per ticket. These tables will feature reserved seating, a private bar, and dedicated waitstaff. Email for details.

ONLINE SILENT AUCTION: Bidding is online and by smart phone, coming soon. Participants do not need to be present to place bids or to win.

RAFFLE PRIZE: The winner of our $100 Travel Raffle will select a trip of their choice from these 4 amazing destinations:

  • Fairmont Golf and Spa in Scottsdale, AZ
  • Lake Tahoe Ski Getaway
  • Southern Charm in Savannah, GA
  • Sunny San Diego (with America's Cup Yacht!)

Airfare and hotel for two are included with all trips. All trips include booking & concierge service. Note: the winner does not need to be present. Buy your ticket here


DONATIONS: If you cannot attend this event but would like to make a donation, please click here and enter "Hearts & Hugs 2019" in the dedication field.

SPONSORS: Our partners will gain exposure before 700 guests on site and thousands more via social media. To learn more about our range of sponsorship tiers, click here or email Special thanks to our Presenting Sponsors: Greenwich Biosciences and UCB Pharma.


HOST COMMITTEE: If you are interested to serve on the 2019 Hearts & Hugs host committee, please email Host committee members agree to "write or invite" to bring 10 guests to the event. 

DROP OFFS: There is a circle drive in front of Theater on the Lake for convenient drop offs from taxis or Uber. 

SELF PARK: Available in the Lincoln Park Zoo parking lot just south of Fullerton Ave. 
*To access this parking lot, turn south off Fullerton onto Cannon Drive. After you take a ticket at the gate, the lot will be on your left.
*Once you park, you will see Hearts & Hugs signage guiding you to cross to the north side of Fullerton via an underpass walkway. After crossing, walk east to the venue.  
*Be sure to request a validation sticker at the event check-in table for a $17 rate

VALET: Valet parking will be available in the circle drive in front of the venue for $27 and is CASH ONLY.  

Hearts & Hugs questions? Email us at 



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