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12th Annual Evening of Hearts & Hugs!

Saturday, September 11, 2021
05:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Theater On The Lake
2401 N Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60614

(312) 414-1313

Our Annual Benefit to Fight Epilepsy and SUDEP

WHEN:  Saturday September 11, 2021

5 pm CST: In person event begins

7 pm CST: Pre-show Streaming Countdown / 7:15 pm CST: Live Stream Begins

DETAILS: Gratitude fills our hearts as we plan our 12th annual gala to raise money for families in the epilepsy community. Danny Did has assisted parents and patients spanning all 50 states and 14 countries. And yet, there remains a large unmet need, and we look to increase our impact in the years ahead. The dollars we raise will change lives for the better.

FORMAT: We are so happy to welcome back a limited capacity of in-person guests for our Hearts & Hugs fundraiser at Theater on the Lake in Chicago. There will also be a live stream of our program, with Danny Did supporters able to watch remotely from across the U.S.

Hosted by our friend Mike Lowe of WGN News, our program will feature family stories, auctions, cameo appearances, a raffle drawing, live comedy from Jim Flannigan and our "Bid From the Heart" segment. New: The event will begin earlier this year, so our in-person guests can enjoy the "golden hour" sunset from the venue patio overlooking Lake Michigan.

For those watching remotely, a pre-show countdown will lead up to the live stream.

REGISTRATION: Registration for in-person tickets required and online here.

For those watching from afar, there will be no cost to watch our live streaming program, which will be broadcast on YouTube Live. We ask that you register for free in advance of the event, so we can send you updates leading up to the event.

HOW TO WATCH REMOTELY: For the optimal experience, viewers should plan to use one screen or monitor to watch our program on YouTube Live, and separately, to use your smartphone to bid, buy raffles or donate.

PLATINUM SPONSOR: Our special thanks for the commitment and partnership of our Platinum Sponsor: UCB. If you are able to sponsor this event to reach an anticipated 1,500 viewers, please email


ONLINE SILENT AUCTION: Bidding is online and by smart phone. Participants can bid from anywhere, near or far. More details to come.

RAFFLE PRIZE: We have multiple raffles underway:

$5 raffle: to win Apple AirPods Pro. Register by August 15th for the chance to enter this raffle.
$25 raffle: to win an 11-inch Apple iPad Air.
Support Danny Did and buy your raffle tickets today.


Our premier auction packages will be open for bidding in the week leading up to the event. We are excited to have Keith Jones of Sayles & Jones Auctioneers as a partner to our event. Our show will be fun and fast-paced!

DONATIONS: If you cannot attend this event but would like to make a donation, please click here.

Hearts & Hugs questions? Email us at 





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