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13th Annual Evening of Hearts & Hugs!

Saturday, September 24, 2022
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 24, 2022 / 5 -9 pm CST

DETAILS: Gratitude fills our hearts as we plan our 13th 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.

Pat___Jim_2022FORMAT: We are happy to welcome friends and supporters for our Hearts & Hugs fundraiser at Theater on the Lake in Chicago. Hosted by our friend Mike Lowe of WGN News, our program will feature family impact stories, auctions, a raffle drawing, comedy from the hilarious Pat McGann and Jim Flannigan, live music from Emmy-nominated guitarist Dave Hiltebrand, and our "Bid From the Heart" segment. The event features an early start so guests can enjoy the sunset from the patio overlooking Lake Michigan.

There will also be a live stream of our program, with Danny Did supporters able to watch remotely from across the U.S. For those watching remotely, a pre-show countdown will lead up to the live stream, beginning at 7 pm CST. 

REGISTRATION: Registration for in-person tickets is online here. Tickets will be $200 each until August 22nd, and $225 beginning on August 23rd. UPDATE: In person tickets for this event are now sold out! Visit the event website for other ways to participate and support. 

HOST COMMITTEE: Interested to be a part of our Hearts & Hugs Host Committee? Click here to learn more. 

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

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 SPONSORS: Special thanks for the commitment and partnership of our Platinum Sponsors: UCB and If you are interested to support this event as a sponsor partner, please see details here and email 



ONLINE SILENT AUCTION: Bidding will be online and via smart phone. Participants can bid from anywhere, near or far. Visit the event website to browse and bid. The winner of each item does not need to be present. 

RAFFLE PRIZE: Enter our $25 raffle to win the brand new Series 8 Apple Watch, and our $100 raffle to win two roundtrip tickets on Southwest Airlines. The winner does not need to be present. Click here to buy raffle tickets today! 

LIVE AUCTION ITEMS: Our four live auction packages will be open for bidding in the week leading up to the event. Visit the event website to browse and bid.  

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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